10/26/2012 6:01:00 AM As season closes, Bulldogs seek fourth win
Prescott’s Chris Parker tries to take down Kingman High’s Sean Curran during the first half of the Bulldogs’ 31-0 loss to the Badgers last week. KHS (3-6) will close out the season tonight at Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain.
Kingman High vs. Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain
KINGMAN - Throughout the year, the mainstay of Kingman High football has been the core group of juniors who have seen success as freshman and sophomores and anchored the team's summer workouts.
While the junior class didn't flip-flop the record from last year's 1-9 to 9-1 this year, they still achieved the Bulldogs' first home win in three years - and a win tonight at Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain would give them the school's first four-win season since 2000.
"It would be nice to get that fourth win," said KHS coach Rob York. "The kids really want it. It would be nice to send the seniors out on a win and it would be nice to get something going for those juniors."
The Bulldogs (3-6) come into tonight with wins over Lake Havasu, Parker, and Bullhead City Mohave, but they've just finished going through a buzz saw of playoff-bound teams in Division I and II.
"I would like to get a win," York said. "It's been a while since we've had four and it would be nice to get one going out."
Standing in the way is a Bradshaw Mountain team that is 3-7 with wins over Walden Grove, Mohave and Chino Valley. They bring a balanced attack, averaging around 100 yards a game passing and rushing.
"They run the same offense and defense as Prescott, so it's a little less learning and it gives us a little opportunity to learn from last week and adjust to some of their formations," York said, referring to the 31-0 loss to Prescott on Oct. 19.
"It's beneficial, but they don't run the exact same stuff and they have different kids at different positions. And Prescott had the great running back."
Bradshaw Mountain doesn't average 300 yards a game like the Badgers and they don't have a runner with more than 1,000 yards rushing this season.
Instead, the Bears have averaged 136 yards a game on the ground with their leading rusher, Damian Otero, compiling 528 yards on 55 carries.
"He's a good running back who is quick and they will move him in at quarterback, too," York said. "They have two or three guys that they like to put at different positions based upon what they want to run."
The key to the elusive fourth win is the same one the Bulldogs have worked on all season: Stopping the run, which KHS has struggled to do in five of its six losses. They give up an average of 226 yards rushing when they lose.
"It's always stop the run," York said. "It makes it tough if you can't run the ball, and most of our losses have been because of teams being able to run the ball on us.
"If you stop the run, they're bound to make more mistakes throwing the ball than running the ball. They have to put it up in the air, and we have a better chance at getting a turnover."