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9/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Lee Williams needs a faster start against River Valley
Lee Williams sophomore quarterback Braxton Burgess looks for an open target during practice Thursday afternoon. The Volunteers play River Valley for today’s home opener, which starts at 7 p.m. (Matt Hollinshead/Miner)
Lee Williams sophomore quarterback Braxton Burgess looks for an open target during practice Thursday afternoon. The Volunteers play River Valley for today’s home opener, which starts at 7 p.m. (Matt Hollinshead/Miner)
Matt Hollinshead
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The need for urgency couldn't have arrived at a better time for the Lee Williams High School football team than the second half at Holbrook last Friday. Scoring all 12 points during the last two quarters showed they can produce down the stretch, but it also indicated that Eugene Kramer's squad needs to start putting points up early.

The Volunteers will try to implement that approach when they face River Valley High School in their home opener at 7 p.m. tonight.

"They're very fundamental. They're very disciplined in what they do," Kramer said, also noting that there is no comparison between Holbrook and River Valley. "We're going to have to come out and play better than we did in that first half at Holbrook."

Players like sophomore quarterback Braxton Burgess and sophomore running back Jason Ruiz are also aware of the importance of scoring sooner. They both recorded touchdowns in the red zone at Holbrook - Ruiz scored from the 3-yard line, while Burgess scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

"We need time of possession," Kramer said. "We want to sustain drives. We want to keep that clock turning. Right now, that's our No. 1 priority."

Those are the goals Kramer wants to accomplish earlier against the Dust Devils. On the other end, Lee Williams knows that stopping the run will be the deciding factor. That's why Kramer expects his linebackers, particularly sophomores Sean Roby and James Childs and freshman Andrew Davis, to step up in that area.

Those guys have to shut down River Valley's running game and also keep them from having quality possessions.

"We have to stop the run and we've got to contain them from getting outside," Kramer said. "They're obviously a little bit bigger than us up front. We're going to have to try to do some things that keep that running attack grounded per se, as much as we possibly can."

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