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10/28/2012 6:01:00 AM
Bulldogs' fourth win was for a friend
KHS regains focus after injury, whips Bradshaw Mountain to finish 4-6
RODNEY HAAS/Miner
Kingman’s Jesus Barraza runs for a 31-yard touchdown to cut Bradshaw’s lead to 14-12 in the second quarter Friday in Prescott Valley. The Bulldogs went onto win 24-17 to clinch the first four-win season since 2000.
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Kingman’s Jesus Barraza runs for a 31-yard touchdown to cut Bradshaw’s lead to 14-12 in the second quarter Friday in Prescott Valley. The Bulldogs went onto win 24-17 to clinch the first four-win season since 2000.

Rodney Haas
Miner Sports Reporter


Entering Friday's game with Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, Kingman High had a chance to do something that hasn't been done since 2000 - win four games.

But after defensive end Derek Curran was rushed to nearby Yavapai Medical Center after suffering a seizure on the sidelines, the game took on a new meaning. Instead of getting that elusive fourth win, it was all about winning it for Derek.

"It was a big motivation," said senior Ronnie Walter, a close friend of Curran.



Win for Derek

With KHS leading 18-17, Walter's 18-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter helped secure the 24-17 win for his fallen friend.

"That one was for Derek," Walter said. "I knew I had to win for him."

Curran suffered a hit to the back of his head with 7:16 left in the third quarter and asked to be taken out of the game.

KHS coach Rob York had noticed that Curran was a little wobbly from the hit. Minutes after taking himself out of the game, he collapsed and went into a seizure on the Bulldogs sideline.

"It was weird for the kids to see and for Derek, one of the big, tough kids on the team," York said. "It was definitely weird."

The game was delayed for about a half-hour as EMTs worked on Curran. Players on both sides took a knee as the stadium went quiet. When play resumed, the Bears had the ball and were driving deep into KHS territory. It appeared the thoughts of the Bulldogs were still on their fallen teammate.

"I think they were a little shell-shocked," York said. "It freaked me out and none of these kids had ever seen anything like that."

But after Walter's touchdown the mood changed. KHS played with a sense of purpose and determination that there was no way this win was going to be taken away from them.

"I think it was good for him and it will be a good story to tell Derek when he's all better," said York of Walter's touchdown.

Matt Waite closed out his Bulldog career by leading the team with 12 carries for 47 yards. He gave KHS an early 6-0 lead on a 5-yard run.

Jesus Barraza rushed for 46 yards on seven carries, including a 31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to close the Bears' lead to 14-12.



Momentum

"It was a good win," York said. "I'm happy for the seniors and happy for the kids to end on a good note."

Last year, the Bears handed KHS a 40-13 loss, a sour end to a 1-9 season. Although the Bulldogs didn't reverse the record from 1-9 to 9-1, it was a still a successful year.

"I'm happy for the seniors," York said. "They get to go out with a win and they get to leave a little something and start some momentum for the juniors."

"It was a great to win our last game and better to have a season of more than three wins," said Wes Gebrosky, who led the Bulldogs defense with 19 tackles and an interception that clinched the win with 30 seconds left. "I wish we could've gone 9-1 or 10-0 but a winning season and having more wins than what we usually have is better then what we've had in the past."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Scaffold

Look at the stats on MaxPreps. There sure were alot of Juniors and Seniors on that Bradshaw Mountain "J.V." team. Even though Bradshaw had more offensive yardage than Kingman, Kingman was able to keep them out of the endzone and Kingman had more touchdowns than they did. The dropped pass in the endzone they had was countered by the pass Kingman didn't drop in the endzone. Bottom line, Kingman's depleted football team scored more points than Bradshaw did.

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: twice as

Seniors and juniors helps clearly too

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: Kristine Johnson

These Boys did Great they were not about to leave with out a win for Derek!! It doesnt matter who they played they cant control what the other team does!! They showed up to a game and gave it all they had!! And in the end it was enough!! Prayers for Derek go out and Great job Bulldogs This Season Has been the Best for KHS in a while!!

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: nope you were playing

the jv team. plain and simple dont over think it . it was bradshaws jv team. thats why our varsity team beat them it was a jv team.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Article comment by: Wrigley Reisig

no it wasnt luck i was hard work a determination from those boys. they played an awsome game and they are a great hard working team, they deserved that win, they put their blood sweat and tears into that game. we didnt win because the other team had coaching issues we won because they did everything they were suppose to do and they had their heads in the game. so please stop with the rude comments, because this year has been the best yr for khs by far. and they deserved every win they got.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Article comment by: D D

Kudos to you boys for pulling it together in a very hard situation....and prayers for Derek!

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012
Article comment by: whiped them???? hmm

it looked like we got lucky from a ton of droped passes. a couple in the end zone. pretty much we lucked out on a team that has lost most of the player they had due to coaching. but we still should of lost ,im pretty sure they had more yards on offence to.



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