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8/31/2013 12:06:00 PM
Kingman Academy thrashes Laughlin in AIA debut
Kingman Academy’s Westin McCord makes Laughlin’s Quinton Love miss during one of McCord’s long runs Friday in Laughlin. Tigers won their AIA debut, 35-14. (JEFF MARTIN/KAHS)
Kingman Academy’s Westin McCord makes Laughlin’s Quinton Love miss during one of McCord’s long runs Friday in Laughlin. Tigers won their AIA debut, 35-14. (JEFF MARTIN/KAHS)
Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter

LAUGHLIN - After years in the Charter Athletic Association, Kingman Academy High School asked for a redeal by joining the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The Tiger football team started the AIA journey for KAHS with a 35-14 win over the Laughlin Cougars in Nevada Friday.

KAHS (1-0) scored first on a five-yard touchdown run by tailback Westin McCord. Official stats weren't available immediately following the game, but it was estimated that McCord finished with nearly 250 yards rushing for the game and two touchdowns.

However, that initial lead didn't last long for the Tigers. Quinton Love took the ensuing kickoff to the house with an 85-yard return. Laughlin (0-1) added two points on the conversion for its only lead of the night, 8-7.

KAHS took its next drive down to the Laughlin six-yard line, where the Tigers faced fourth and goal. Kicker Cody Tuepker was lined up for a 23-yard field goal attempt, but instead took a direct snap and barreled through the Cougar defense for a touchdown. Tuepker's PAT was good and KAHS led 14-7 with 3:27 left in the half.

The Tigers got the ball back with just 1:30 left on the clock and only one timeout. A long run by McCord put the ball on the Laughlin five. Then the Tigers worked some razzle-dazzle. Quarterback Austin Tomlinson pitched to Quinn Garcia and he passed to Will Herbine all alone in the end zone with just 11 ticks left on the clock. Tuepker nailed his third of five extra points, and KAHS led 21-8 at halftime.

Laughlin looked like it grabbed its second wind when the Cougars mounted an impressive drive to open the third quarter, which culminated with a 28-yard Love to Brett Smith halfback pass. KAHS stifled the 2-point attempt, but the lead was narrowed, 21-14.

KAHS quickly reversed the momentum. The Tigers took three minutes to find the end zone when McCord scored his second touchdown of the night with 3:36 left in the third. That is how the third quarter ended, and neither team scored in the fourth until Pryce Portillo galloped 19 yards for a touchdown and sealed the deal with just 57 seconds left in the game.

Portillo finished with about 150 yards rushing.

KAHS travels to Mesa on Friday when the Tigers face their old CAA rival, the Sequoia Stallions. KAHS and Sequoia last met two years ago in the CAA semifinals.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

@ Jim Knox Lets get real now how can a parent or someone thats watching a game maybe for the first time BUT for sure the FIRST game of the YEAR predict that two players on the field can up a TEAM for WHOLE YEAR!! You need to realize that there are other boys on that field with just as much talent as Westin and Will! Yes Westin & Will have talent but dont single out boys when its just the first game you are WRONG. Some of these boys have been playing together since they were Freshman and have built TIGER NATION. THE TIGERS HAVE A DAM GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM AS A WHOLE,SINGLEING OTHERS OUT IS NOT RIGHT FOR THE OTHERS THAT WORKED THEIR BUTS TO PLAY A HELL OFA GAME. THANK YOU!!

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Lee

What happened to their helmet stripes?

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Article comment by: Center Cannot Hold

So, the former AD at the Academy does there coverage now?

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Knox

Will Herbine had 24 tackles on defense. Between his effort on defense and Westin McCord's effort on offense, this team is going places!

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