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10/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Tigers need consistency to get Homecoming win
Tigers senior quarterback Austin Tomlinson throws to junior wide receiver Kordel Dudley at practice Monday afternoon. KAHS plays Greyhills Academy at 6 p.m. today in its annual Homecoming Game.
Tigers senior quarterback Austin Tomlinson throws to junior wide receiver Kordel Dudley at practice Monday afternoon. KAHS plays Greyhills Academy at 6 p.m. today in its annual Homecoming Game.

Matt Hollinshead
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Kingman Academy football team is glad the previous four-game losing streak is behind them, but they're not out of the woods.

While winning 54-14 at Camp Verde last Thursday was their ideal way of getting back on track, sustaining that effort is the next step.

The Tigers hope to do so at Homecoming against Greyhills Academy at 6 p.m. today.

"We need to stay constant from the beginning of the game right to the end," Tigers head coach Wally Mueller said. "The problem with Homecoming games is the distractions.

"If we can limit those and keep these kids focused on the task at hand, we should have some success."

Mueller was encouraged by the backfield's improved performance last week.

Senior running backs Wes McCord and Pryce Portillo combined for 505 rushing yards at Camp Verde.

Mueller wants his players to demonstrate that aggressive nature.

"Our running backs, last weekend, were just phenomenal," Mueller said.

Playing freshman Andrew Quick and sophomore Matt Timmerman last week did more than just give senior quarterback Austin Tomlinson time to rest in the final seven-and-a-half minutes at Camp Verde. Mueller also got a glimpse of the not-too-distant future.

"It's opened up a little bit more of an arsenal for us, giving us more tools to use.

You'll probably see a lot of younger kids playing Friday night," Mueller said. "It was a hopeless feeling like with Joy Christian and Parker. We just didn't have the depth to reach into our bag and pull out any tricks.

"This way, we can play more aggressive, especially in the second half of Thursday's football game against Camp Verde. It was like someone flipped the switch on them. They just came to life. It was only 14-6 at halftime. I was glad to see them get going."

Following a medical clearance Tuesday, senior tight end Frankie Mueller is expected to return after missing the past five games with a broken collarbone. Despite suffering a concussion at Red Rock two weeks ago, junior fullback Chy Banda suited up for practice this week and will play tonight.

The offensive line is also healthy.

"We're getting back to where we need to be, finally," Mueller said. "Our linemen are all in good shape. They're understanding their blocks better, and they're executing."

Kingman Academy (3-4) knows it's crunch time. They want to make it back-to-back wins against Greyhills (1-6). The Tigers haven't won back-to-backs games since their first two games at Laughlin and Sequoia.

"If they get two in a row again, man what a deal," Mueller said. "There's not an easy game left for us. We've just got to keep applying pressure when we can and where we can."

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