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Kingman Academy's effort in practice paying off

Senior wide receiver Chris Pfeiffer, front, and the rest the Tigers work on their conditioning for the upcoming season. Kingman Academy scrimmages at Needles, Calif., at 6 p.m. Saturday.

KINGMAN - Getting better and bonding was last week's theme as the Kingman Academy High football team wrapped up its second week of practice Saturday morning. Coach Dan Stroup emphasized the meaning of being in it for the long haul over the course of a season.

"Brotherhood is like a family," the coach told the team at the end of Saturday's practice. "We don't inconvenience each other. We're family. We're there for each other."

Stroup said the Tigers got better in nearly every aspect this week, from the quarterback and running backs to the offensive line.

"It was a really good week," he said. "We had more advancement than any other week, especially the offensive line. It helped we got to study some film."

Stroup said junior quarterback Will Herbine, who had stiff competition for the position from freshman Kannon Butler, separated himself this week to lead the offense.

The development of speedy running backs Clayton Holloway, a sophomore, and senior Robby Glass has Stroup seeing long gains as they team up with sophomore Jordan McDowell-Seybert. McDowell-Seybert brings a combination of quickness and power to the running attack.

"The defense can't touch Clayton and Robby," Stroup said. "They are hard to get your hands on."

Defensively, the Tigers are excelling in the pursuit game and should keep long gains to a minimum.

"We're runners," Stroup said. "We like to get to the ball. Our team speed is excellent."

Seniors Breyden Potter and Chris Pfeiffer lead the wide receivers for Academy. Both are in their first year of football. Pfeiffer said he knew exactly what he was getting into.

"It's pretty exciting," he said. "It's everything I was expecting it would be - hard work and leading. All the hard work will show during the season."

Pfeiffer is a 6-6 wide receiver with tremendous leaping ability.

He threw down several slam dunks during basketball season as a junior. If he thought going up high for a pass was the most fun part of football for him, who could blame him?

But it's not.

It's this: "Going out there and pushing my teammates to work hard for our No. 1 goal, which is to go as far as we can," he said.

Stroup enjoys the fact that Pfeiffer likes to get in the mix and block for his teammates.

"I love hitting," Pfeiffer said. "I can't wait for the season to start."

At the end of the third week of practice, when Stroup wants to see even more improvement, Academy scrimmages Needles, Calif., at 6 p.m. Saturday in Needles.

"We're right ahead of schedule," Stroup said. "We'll find out Saturday. Needles is tough and can play in the heat."


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