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9/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Line struggles as Yuma Catholic rips Tigers, 59-7
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Kingman Academy’s Quinn Garcia fights for yardage against Yuma Catholic Friday at Southside Park.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Kingman Academy’s Quinn Garcia fights for yardage against Yuma Catholic Friday at Southside Park.

Matt Hollinshead
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - The Kingman Academy High School football team's offensive line is a mystery.

They're the catalyst to the Tigers' success this season. Head coach Wally Mueller makes that crystal clear, all the time. He sees the potential.

On the flip side, Mueller feels his linemen are still unimaginably timid. That was evident in the 59-7 home-opening loss to perennial state powerhouse Yuma Catholic High School at Southside Park on Friday night.

"They were manhandled. It's what they needed," Mueller said of his linemen. "I wish they would've come out of their shell and put a stop to it. They're just not playing with enough aggression.

"We're almost at wit's end trying to figure out how to motivate them to play with some intensity. If a 59-7 loss doesn't motivate you, you shouldn't be playing this game."

The Tigers did virtually nothing in time of possession. While he did score KAHS' only touchdown slanting to the right side untouched off a kick return a minute and 12 seconds into the second quarter, senior quarterback Austin Tomlinson and his team had little to no production on offense.

The Tigers recovered a fumble on the next kickoff, only to punt again on fourth down.

Yuma Catholic's defense is ridiculously fast. Constantly taking Kingman Academy down - whether surrendering minimal rushing yardage up the middle and to the side, or halting a slot reception on the move by a shot to the ankle, the Shamrocks showed no mercy.

They were too much for KAHS' offensive line to handle. That, in turn, put a great deal of pressure on the defense to make up some ground.

Having built a cushy 35-7 lead at halftime, the Shamrocks ran all over Kingman Academy's defensive front.

They started off with their passing attack, which they've built their reputation on.

As soon as they recognized that KAHS focused heavily on trying to contain that, it allowed YCHS to feel comfortable moving on the ground.

For example, Shamrocks junior running back Moisis Barcenas found the end zone slotting left with 4:45 left in the first half.

YC junior running back Elijia Miller also forced his way in the red zone up the middle for the final touchdown with 7:32 remaining in regulation.

That was the final nail in the coffin.

"We mixed it up a little bit to try to alleviate some of the pressure," said Yuma Catholic head coach Rhett Stallworth, whose squad improved to 2-1 and currently third in the latest Arizona Interscholastic Association Division V poll. "We did well in our return game. This week, our kids did a better job fundamentally."

Kingman Academy (now 2-1 and currently ranked 19th in the latest AIAV poll) will face Joy Christian High School at Southside Park Friday at 7 p.m.

"It's just a work in progress," Tomlinson said. "Our line's going to probably get meaner, I can understand that. I have faith in my linemen."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Article comment by: Tigers all the way Proud grandparent

@Sports Fan - how can you say you are fan when you said nothing to boost the teams moral. You should be ashamed of yourself! They had a bad night! Small fish or big fish they are a team of young men playing a game, working together --They have guts and they never quit! Win or lose we are still the "TIGERS".

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: @SPORTSFAN PROUD PARENT

Why would you come on here and just bash these kids is my question?? They are High School Boys that just moved up a division not in only in Football but all the way around. Yes Kramer taught these boys how to play football and is a great coach as well but Coach Mueller is a Fantastic Coach!! Writing things like this in the paper for the kids to see does no good for the boys moral and only makesit worse. These boys played a game...some got hurt and stuck it our and continued to play not one quit they kepted on playing and gave their heart on the field no matter hoe bad they struggled. WIN OR LOOSE WE ARE STILL THE KINGMAN TIGERS!! Why not stay positive for them??

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: Guillermo Tarango

KAHS will not be playing any school with 2000+ students in football. Every school they are playing is about the same size. But you are correct, their dominance will be challenged in the AIA, but no need to wish the team bad outcomes. They are Kingman like the rest of us.

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Article comment by: Sports Fan

You can expect more of these games. KAOL has been "the big fish in a small pond" but by changing conferences they now have become "a small fish in a big pond". With a student body of about 500 and playing against schools with a 2000+ student population the KAOL's athletic dominance is over.

I also believe that the Kramer years of running up the scores will comeback to haunt them. (delete) It's payback time.


Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Scaffold

No, it wasn't the poor lineman play, nor your secondary continually being burned or your linebackers falling back expecting the pass and allowing the few running plays that YC ran to go for long yardage. Your receivers were always covered and your running game was stopped. No, it was none of these things that caused the lopsided score. It was that you were playing Yuma Catholic. In time, you will adjust to this level of play and you will be able to go head to head with all teams of this caliber. You showed guts in playing this team, don't think you didn't. I saw no quitters out there.



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