8/18/2013 6:00:00 AM Ward wants Kingman High Bulldogs on right track Run-first offense will be built on strong work ethic
Coach David Ward speaks to his players at a recent practice.
Matt Hollinshead Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - Dropping from Division II to Division III football is no reason to be discouraged heading into the 2013 season. That's the message from someone brand new to the Kingman High football program.
Hailing from the Phoenix metropolitan area, first-year head coach David Ward sees the opportunity to get the program on the right track. For starters, he wants no excuses from a team that went 5-15 the past two seasons.
Under Coach Ward, Kingman will operate a run-first offense. The Bulldogs will also place a heavy emphasis on intangibles.
"We'll pretty much play fundamentally sound football," said Ward, an old school-style coach. "Sometimes, one key player can make a big difference. That's pretty much an intangible that you can't control."
While Ward will heavily emphasize work ethic this upcoming season, one key area is less certain: the starting quarterback. That position will be up for grabs. Tyler Logas and Sean Curran will compete for that role.
While Logas took most of the snaps during the final stretch last year, Curran may get a crack at the job. Curran generally played wide receiver last season, but things could change with a new system. He, too, has a chance to make plays from the pocket.
That's the intriguing aspect of Ward being in charge now. While he may be an old-school type of coach, he should be able to utilize guys in multiple areas. In a way, it could resemble the New York Jet's wildcat offense from 2012. While Tim Tebow's natural position is quarterback, he'd often be plugged into a tailback or slot receiver type of role.
Not to say that'll be the Bulldog's exact identity on offense, but more that Ward will come up with pretty much any offensive play imaginable. He will utilize the players he feels will make the largest impact on game night.
Ward also said he would expect more positive results if his players commit to meeting their general responsibilities as student-athletes.
Ward may be the engine that will get this year's Kingman football roster moving forward again, but the players will have to represent the wheels to help Ward's vision take off.
"It really is their team, how hard (they) play within the system," Ward said.
Kingman will open the 2013 season with back-to-back home games against River Valley High School and Parker High School on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, respectively.
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
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Kingman High school football team taken to a higher level of expectation this year. I want to thank the kids and Coach Ward for the time and effort put into the program. I have witnessed first hand the improvement and dedication to the sport these athlete's have and we are going to have a great year.