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8/29/2014 6:00:00 AM
Bulldogs travel to face No. 1 River Valley
Tough test for Kingman in the midst of 3-game road trip
SHAWN BYRNE/MinerThe Kingman High Bulldogs spent part of Wednesday’s practice fine tuning its offense to get it clicking in time for their game against Division IV No. 1-ranked River Valley at 7 p.m. today in Mohave Valley.

The Kingman High Bulldogs spent part of Wednesday’s practice fine tuning its offense to get it clicking in time for their game against Division IV No. 1-ranked River Valley at 7 p.m. today in Mohave Valley.

Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - After giving up more than 400 yards in total offense and losing by 33 - well, that means there's a ton of work to do. The workload gets even heavier when the next opponent is ranked No. 1 in Division IV.

That's the daunting task the Kingman High Bulldogs face when they travel to Mohave Valley to play River Valley at 7 p.m. today.

The bulk of last week's yardage allowed was in the running game. Kingman surrendered 349 yards to Havasu in the loss, and River Valley is known for its potent rushing attack.

"I'm definitely concerned," said KHS coach Greg Tonjes. "We changed some things on defense with personnel and a little bit of scheme. I'm more confident this week going against a good running team."

It's going to come down to execution for the Bulldogs.

"We're definitely working on the linebackers filling the gaps quicker," said defensive end Jake Ford. "We're also working on not worrying about the offensive line and just getting to the ball."

Tonjes will put senior linebacker Eric Pichardo on the field this week. Pichardo was late coming out for the team and had to miss last week's game.

"Eric's pretty strong, he's in shape and seems to be a hard hitter," the coach said. "He should add a lot to us being physical."

Though Kingman's offense had flashes of brilliance last week, it had a hard time finding momentum. Tonjes is looking forward to the unit taking steps forward against the Dust Devils.

"We'll maintain our up-tempo speed and play faster than we did last week," he said. "We're getting the ball out quicker. We're better this week than we were last week."

Familiarity with the playbook should also help the Bulldogs execute their no-huddle spread offense.

"We've been working hard this week trying to fine-tune our plays," said senior wide receiver Adrian Ochoa.

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