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Bulldogs ready for today's Blue-Gold game

Kingman High’s Abraham Ruelas is set for the “Pro Shuttle Drill” at the Bulldogs’ practice Wednesday. Kingman hosts its fans in the Blue-Gold game at 7 p.m. today at KHS.

Scrimmage leads to next week's season opener at Lake Havasu

KINGMAN - High school and Kingman Bulldog football fans get their first peek at the 2014 season when KHS hosts its Blue-Gold game at 7 p.m. today at KHS.

"We're going to show the fans what we've got," said senior offensive left tackle and defensive tackle Abraham Ruelas. "We'll be playing our hearts out, even if it's just against ourselves. We want to give them a good football game."

KHS coach Greg Tonjes said there would be four 15-minute running quarters with the Blue offense against the Gold defense, and vice versa. At halftime, the JV team will play for about 20 to 25 minutes.

"There will be kickoffs, field goal attempts and extra points," Tonjes said. "It'll be just like a game."

Tonjes took over as head coach in mid-July, and the Bulldogs have been busy getting the new offensive and defensive schemes in place for not only today's season-kickoff extravaganza, but for the regular season opener Aug. 22 at Lake Havasu.

"We're looking to see if everything we've installed - special teams, the offense and the defense - have been comprehended," the coach said. "We want to see if they can take it to live game action and execute it. And we need to see if the guys who can play in game situations are in the right spots."

Tonjes' spread offense has looked impressive during practices. The defense and the offensive line are two aspects of the Bulldogs that come into today's scrimmage as unknowns. Defensive coordinator Randy Wheeler said his unit is coming along fine, but it's just going to take some time.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but we'll be ready when the time to play comes," Wheeler said. "The guys are buying into it. We just have to be ready for Havasu."

Sophomore Anthony Pinto looks to be the anchor on left side of the line as a defensive end. He's feeling comfortable with his assignment.

"I'm about containment," Pinto said. "That's what they want me to focus on."

While the offensive line can be called an unknown now, Ruelas is extremely confident that it can handle Tonjes' no-huddle style and get plays off in less then 19 seconds.

"We're good. We're set for that," Ruelas said. "We're moving quick-quick."

Ruelas - as left tackle he's responsible for quarterback Daniel Williford's blind side - said the time and effort put in over the summer has the line where it needs to be. At the NAU football camp this summer, Ruelas won the linemen strongman competition against 20 other teams and 400 players.

"We've been working super hard. A lot harder than in the years before," he said. "We're working on our skills and improving more this year than we did last year. We're looking tough. It's going

to hard to beat our line."

Today the Bulldogs get to show Kingman what they have, and they're going to enjoy every minute of it.

"It's going to be fun," Pinto said. "I hear a lot of people are going to be there."


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