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11/11/2012 6:01:00 AM
Tigers step on Accelerated
KAHS in state finals for third straight year

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter

For the third straight year, Kingman Academy will be playing for a state football championship.

The Tigers advanced to the 4A Charter Athletic Association title game Friday with a 37-0 win over Peoria Accelerated at Phoenix Christian High School. KAHS will face Phoenix Southpointe Saturday for the title.

"We will see who wins it," said KAHS interim coach Wally Mueller. "I know we have the ability to beat them badly. We are not going to go in overconfident. We know that you get no second chances after this one."

Southpointe handed the Tigers their only loss this year on Sept. 14, 7-6, but KAHS (10-1) avenged it on Oct. 13 with a 46-6 pounding.

Now the stage is set for a rubber match with the No. 2 Griffins, who advanced with a 38-0 win over Westwind Prep in Friday's other semifinal game.

"I think we have all the momentum, we have the right tools, the right personnel and the right attitude," Mueller said. "If we lose, it will be because Southpointe earned it, not because they are a better team."

The other motivating factor going for the Tigers is the sour taste that last year's state championship game left.

KAHS entered that game with an 11-0 record and looking for back-to-back state championships. But Mesa Heritage had other plans. Heritage took an early 22-0 lead and won 60-37 to capture the title that the Tigers thought belonged to them.

"We don't want be the bridesmaid this week," Mueller said. "We are going to do what needs to be done."

Jake Miner and Christian Adragna each had rushing touchdowns and Lane Nielson returned a blocked punt 15 yards as KAHS rolled to a 21-0 lead at halftime.

"Everyone came together real well," Mueller said while bemoaning penalties that came at the absolute worst time. KAHS had three touchdowns nullified due to penalties.

"I'd rather they not happen because they seem to happen at inopportune times," he said. "We try and stress discipline to these kids, and a big part of discipline is not committing those penalties. We will discuss it with them next week and show them the film footage."

The 4A CAA title game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix Christian High School.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: i understand completely

i understand both ends of the KAL vs KHS rivalry that will never be settled because of AIA sanctions high horse is right because KAL scrimmaged parker high when they werent supposed to and parker was almost put on probation and parker smoked KAL and KHS smoked parker...mueller is a stand up guy who has done wonders stepping for the old coach..wish we could all just realize that both schools have really good athletes and both schools deserve what ever acolades they get...congrats to KAL for winning the state title again...congrats to wally for a wonderful job...

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Kaylee Mueller

To the "get off high horse" commentor: KAOL is not fortunate enough to have the funding to play AIA thus the reason they play schools that are not as athletically based. They do the best with what they have and do it well I might add. Keep up the great work Coach Mueller and all you tiger athletes! You are the ONLY football team in Kingman to win a State Championship title! CAA or AIA, that is still something to be proud of.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: James Jones

Kingman Academy did move up to get tougher competition. They cannot help it if 4A was weak this year...and probably weaker than 3A was last year. Heritage should have moved up as well and we could have had the rematch everyone wanted.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: get off high horse

wow, kudos to KAL for winning by enormous points spreads every week, get real people they dont play anyone tough hence the 40 point spread EVERY SINGLE some real schools would ya...AND this is one of the reasons why the former head coach was fired, or resigned, whatever..he said it himself...he wanted to play tougher schools and a tougher schedule...come play with the big dawgs one day and we will see what happens

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