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6/19/2014 6:00:00 AM
Prep football teams collide at passing competition
Kingman High’s Taylor Ferrin (34) goes up top to make a catch over Lee Williams’ Justin Sturgil during Tuesday’s 7-on-7 competitions at KHS. Kingman Academy and Needles, Calif., also played that day.
Kingman High’s Taylor Ferrin (34) goes up top to make a catch over Lee Williams’ Justin Sturgil during Tuesday’s 7-on-7 competitions at KHS. Kingman Academy and Needles, Calif., also played that day.

Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The three local high school football teams wrapped up the 7-on-7 passing competition portion of the summer schedule when Kingman hosted Kingman Academy, Lee Williams and Needles, Calif., Tuesday.

"It was outstanding," said KHS assistant coach Greg Tonjes. "During the spring and summer, it's about getting stronger, quicker and getting the timing down. The fourth thing is to be competitive, and we did that."

During each of three rotations - every team matched up with the others - the offenses ran two sets of 10 plays at the other's defensive squad.

The Kingman Bulldogs used two quarterbacks as they try to decide who will run the offense. Daniel Williford and Adrian Achoa both showed that it's going to be a tough decision for the KHS coaching staff.

"We threw over 80 passes and only had one pick," Tonjes said. "And they completed more than 50 percent. They did very well in understanding what we wanted to do."

The Kingman Academy Tigers are also looking for a quarterback, but there are three in the Tigers' mix. Kannon Butler, Steve Roby and Kekoa Makaiwi-Stroup are competing to lead the offense.

"When you have three quarterbacks, the adage is that you have none," said KAHS coach Dan Stroup. "I'm optimistic because all three made good throws, but our biggest problem is our consistency."

Stroup liked the way the Tigers ran his hurry-up offense, but he said he is worried about the roster's depth.

"That is always going to be a problem for us," the coach said. "We've had about an 80 percent compliance because these kids have other things to do. The kids here are a lot more balanced than I saw in California."

For a run-oriented offense like Lee Williams, passing competitions don't hold a whole lot of water. Lee Williams is looking to increase the number of passes thrown per game this season, and Tuesday's competition helped to push the offense in that direction.

"It was a fun time, and we learned a little bit in the process," said LWHS coach Eugene Kramer. "We found some things we need to work on."

After the competition, the KHS booster club hosted a barbecue for all the teams, and their hospitality did not go unnoticed by Stroup.

"My hat goes off to Kingman for doing that," the KAHS coach said. "Coach Tonjes did a great job running the thing."

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