Bulldogs prepare for season opener

Each week, the Kingman football team has improved on the practice field.

Friday, the Bulldogs will be tested for the first time in the season opener at the Kofa Kings.

Start time is set for 7:30 p.m.

"Our kids attitude has been great all year," Smith said.

"They have worked hard and they have gotten better every week and they are coming closing together as a team.

The problem right now is numbers.

We have some kids that are hurt right now and two kids that are ineligible.

"We are going to go down to Kofa with 29 live bodies.

Our kids are going to play both ways and on special teams and it is going to take a huge effort from them and I think that we will suck it up and do a good job."

Last year, Kofa edged the Bulldogs 16-14 on a last-second field goal at Lee Williams Field.

"We have never played Kofa where is one of us has blown each other out," Smith said.

"It has always been a close football game.

We always play them early in the year and both teams make some mistakes and I expect it to be that way this year."

Smith expects Kofa to be a balanced team on offense.

"Kofa loves to throw deep and they run a lot of option," Smith said.

"They run all kinds of sets.

We will need to watch their quarterback his is a good little left-hander and Collin Jorden is an excellent receiver.

They have good skilled people."

Junior quarterback Dustin Sandsness injured his shoulder at practice on Tuesday and will be a game time decision.

"We are going to look at his shoulder the next couple of days and we just hope that it is a muscle and that he will be ready to go by Friday," Smith said.

"Derek Meins is the backup and he is ready to go.

If that is the direction that we have to we will change the game plan a little bit."

Other starters on offense are Dan Mathews (tailback), Meins (wide receiver), Cross (wide receiver), Marc Johnston (tight end), E.J.

Hurley (strong tackle), Dillon Jenkins (strong guard), Eldon Sheely (center), Jason Lane (quick guard) and Ben Park (tackle).

Travis Lewis and Mike Libertini will also see time at the running back spot.

"It will be running back by committee and we will just try and keep them fresh," Smith said.

"We have good depth at the wide receiver spots and we are real proud of them.

The offensive line is a good group and they are all playing well together.

We are expected to be able to run the ball."

Starters on defense are Jenkins (defensive end), Jake Almer (defensive), Hurley (nose guard), Johnston (tackle), Caleb Kincheleo (tackle).

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Johenson (linebacker), Baily Blair (linebacker), Sheely (linebacker), Meins (saftey), Cross (cornerback) and Mathews (cornerback).

"We should be good on the defensive side," Smith said.

"The thing that we have to do is get a lot of people in and keep the players fresh, because Kofa runs a lot of deep routs and they throw the ball."