The Kingman football team is 0-4 after falling to host Phoenix Camelback 47-20 on Friday, but it not only may have been the team's best game of the season, it marked a breakthrough for the offense.
The Bulldogs posted 360 yards rushing and dominated the game in the second half.
Mike Libertini led the Bulldogs rushing with 22 carries for 180 yards.
"He had a gut check two weeks ago.
Ever since then he's come on and he's been a player," Kingman coach Rich Grosh said.
"We run the triple option and he gives us that triple threat now that we have our quarterback (Justin Walsh) and (fullback) Dillon Jenkins going."
Jenkins became a key player with a breakthrough game.
The senior scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run and had 22 carries for 118 yards.
Most of it the hard way — up the middle.
"I thought Dillon Jenkins did a good job," Grosh said.
"He got off the ball well.
They didn't respect him.
What they were trying to do was stop the quarterback and the halfbacks.
What Dillon did for us was open up the outside."
That gave Libertini, Walsh and halfback Bryce Vanderhorst the opportunity to make some big offensive plays.
But, the key to the game was stopping Camelback wide receiver Thomas Huff.
Huff had four catches for 221 yards and four touchdowns.
"There's nobody in the state, I think, can cover him one-on-one," Grosh said.
"That's no excuse, but you do what you can do."
The telling play for Huff was in the first quarter when Camelback took over on its own 20 yard line and Spartans' quarterback Nick Baumann hit Huff down the middle for an 80-yard scoring strike on first down.
Huff also scored a 77-yard touchdown on a catch in the third quarter.
"That kid was 6-feet-4, 210 pounds and runs a 4.3 40," Grosh said.
"We knew about him.
They have not only him but, they have that tailback (Trevar Deed).
"We knew they had their weapons."
Deed finished the night with 17 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs actually outplayed and outscored the Spartans in the second half.
Kingman scored 14 points to Camelback's 7.
"We played our hardest.
Nobody laid down," Grosh said.
"That second half was pretty even.
We marched the ball down twice and should have scored inside the 10."
The Bulldogs played hard until the final gun and Grosh said he is proud of his team's performance.
"I can't ask anymore out of these kids.
They're working hard.
We just have to keep going," Grosh said.
"Just because we're not winning in the score box, doesn't mean we're not winning as a team.
I'm having a good time.
They're having a good time.
They're playing their butts off.
We're going to play hard and keep fighting.
"I told them there's not a group of athletes I'd rather be working with.
They're working on their grades and doing well and they're respectful in the classroom.
"There's not a group that works harder."
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Desert Mountain in their homecoming game Friday night at 7 at Lee Williams Field.