9/8/2013 6:00:00 AM Lee Williams Volunteers sharp after slow start
Matt Hollinshead Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - Varsity level football remains a difficult time for the Lee Williams football team. But that's not to say they don't see themselves heading on more of a positive path.
On the surface, the Volunteers' 40-12 loss at Holbrook High School on Friday was another gloomy evening they want to move past. Beneath the surface, however, they see the light. They see the progress.
"They jumped on us early," Lee Williams head coach Eugene Kramer said, referring to his squad's 27-0 halftime deficit. "Second half, we executed a lot better offensively. We had kids come alive, playing at their building. In no way, shape or form am I disappointed. I'm actually very proud of these kids and how hard they played."
According to Kramer, Holbrook is another team that emphasizes a run-first offensive approach. The Roadrunners senior running back, Dontae Hollins, didn't make things any easier for LWHS. Hollins scored two touchdowns, only adding to the damage Holbrook inflicted on the younger and less experienced Lee Williams.
"They have a good ground game," Kramer said.
Kramer also commended sophomore tailbacks Jason Ruiz and sophomore quarterback Braxton Burgess for the effort they put forth in the second half. They each scored a touchdown on short-yardage plays. Ruiz found the end zone on a three-yard rush, while Burgess scored from the one-yard line off a quarterback sneak.
The Vols showed they are able to execute in the red zone and run the football.
That's another thing they want to build on when they will face River Valley High School in their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Volunteers feel more optimistic after the second half against Holbrook, but they're also aware of what the Dust Devils will bring to the table. River Valley has outscored its first two opponents, Kingman and Mohave, 55-7.
Like Holbrook, River Valley's preference is running the football.