10/20/2013 6:00:00 AM Despite late effort, Kingman Bulldogs fall to Mingus, 24-19
TRAVIS GUY/Verde Independent
Kingman quarterback Tyler Logas pushes Mingus’ Dakota Hanks away to pick up a few extra yards. The Bulldogs had a chance to turn the game around at the end, but an interception dashed those hopes.
Travis Guy Verde Independent
COTTONWOOD - In the fourth quarter, the Mingus Union High School defense, which held strong for the first three quarters by only allowing one touchdown, was beginning to crack under the big plays of Kingman High quarterback Tyler Logas and receiver Joe Scott.
The Bulldogs were rallying, turning a 17-7 deficit into a 24-19 chance to hand the Marauders another loss. The Mingus defense had other plans.
As Logas launched a bomb to Scott, Marauders defensive back Jesse Rios found separation, saw the pass, jumped and let the ball fall right into his arms.
"I trust the quarterback," said Kingman head coach David Ward. "He knows how to read the defense, he's the real-deal quarterback and he got us to that position. He just, I think, made a wrong read where I think he could have run, but he had a split second (to decide)."
The sidelines erupted. With about two minutes remaining, Mingus knew it had just iced the game. Rios casually walked back to the line of scrimmage, readying for the victory formation with his offense. Senior quarterback Micah Nevarez took the remaining snaps and let the time run out, giving the Marauders their first home win of the season, 24-19.
"We didn't play our best game tonight, but we found a way to win," said Mingus head coach Bob Young. "That shows we're growing a little bit and we have a bit more maturity about us. Defense made a play at the end when they needed to."
The Marauders were the first on the board. After being forced to punt the ball away on their first possession, Nevaraz and company moved the ball up field. Junior Levi Collins plowed through the line, broke free and scampered 34 yards for a touchdown.
Coming into the game, Collins had run for 189 yards in six games on 18 carries. Against the Bulldogs, the junior churned out 113 yards on eight carries.
Kingman did its best to respond to the score, but a backward lateral fell short and was fumbled. Senior Marshal Shill recovered at Kingman's 24-yard line to end the first quarter.
Mingus made another drive toward the goal, but this time a sack forced the Marauders to kick a field goal. Senior kicker Jahir Jacobo placed the ball perfectly between the goal posts, giving the Marauders the 10-7 lead. Jacobo was perfect on the night, hitting all three of his PATs and a 23-yard field goal.
The Bulldogs defense did its best to stop the Marauders offense and found some success in the passing game. Nevarez was held to one of his worst nights passing - five of 11 for 64 yards - but of the five throws he did complete, one resulted in a 23-yard gain (from sophomore Zach Simmons in the third stanza) and the other two were touchdowns by senior Tanner Caron.
Caron ended the night with two catches for 39 yards and the two scores. The first was a 17-yard throw in the third and the second was a 20-yard bomb in the fourth.
The Bulldogs had their running game shut down and were mostly held to short gains and three-and-outs, but they connected for big plays.
First, there was the 34-yard touchdown in the second. After the Marauders' Herb Tiffany caused a 10-yard loss, a penalty was called on Kingman. The penalty would have canceled out the second-and-20, so the defense declined. Then Logas found senor Skylar Burgess for the 34-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs on the board.
The Bulldogs notched 12 points in the fourth.
"He was the guy that got us there, so I let him, we work on that two-man offense all the time and I really thought we had a chance to win that game down the stretch, because we know how to manage that clock," Ward said. "We know how to spike it; we know what we're doing. We saved our timeouts for the right time. We played a hell of a game. I've got no complaints. I'm sorry we lost. We played a good, physical team."
Logas completed 11 out of 16 passes for 162 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Scott had a productive night with 53 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards and one touchdown reception. He added 13 tackles on defense. Burgess had 73 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. He also finished with six tackles and a half-quarterback sack.
The Bulldogs move to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 in Division III, Section IV. Kingman will host Flagstaff High School in its next contest on Oct. 25.
Flagstaff is 4-¬4 overall, 3-1 D-III, S-IV, and just shut out middling Mohave High School, 41-0.
"If we could take it back and say, 'That's where he shouldn't have thrown it,' well, we've been making those catches all night. It was the one time we didn't make the catch, the receiver outwrestled us for the ball," Ward said.