The Kingman Academy of Learning Tigers wore No. 30 stickers on their helmets in honor of injured senior running back and linebacker Donovan Stellwag, and the game was dedicated to him. KAOL upheld its promise to Stellwag with a 38-14 victory over Mohave Accelerated Saturday in Bullhead City.
Stellwag had to have surgery on his ankle after the Oct. 6 game at Quartzsite Scholars. The injury will keep Stellwag off the field for the remainder of the season.
Though Stellwag was the leading rusher with 501 yards and second leading scorer for the Tigers (7-0) until he was hurt, his presence in the huddle will be missed most.
"He was able to soothe things down in the huddle," coach Bill Prichard said.
Quarterback Toby Sullivan was 9-for-15 passing for 305 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions, according to Maxpreps.com. Sullivan also rushed for a touchdown.
"He did great under the circumstances," Prichard said. "It was only his second start of the year. He still needs to improve on his reads and adjustments, but he did well because of the film we had on Mohave."
Sullivan spread the wealth as Bob Blake, Mat Higuera and Justin Proudfoot each caught three passes. Proudfoot finished with 117 yards, and Blake caught the touchdown pass.
"We have to get Proudfoot the ball. Toby (Sullivan) is not afraid to throw it up to him because he has the hops to go up and get it," Prichard said.
Blake rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Higuera added 80 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
KAOL's high scoring offense was supported by a stellar defense, which has not allowed a rushing touchdown with only two regular season games remaining.
Derek Murdock was busy defensively against Mohave (4-3) as he recorded 24 tackles and two sacks.
"He's always busting his facemask," Prichard said of Murdock. "Why can't he break someone else's?"
Patrick Roy also played a key role for the defense. Roy caused a fumble that Higuera scooped up and ran 75 yards for a touchdown. Roy's play put the game on ice as it stopped a Mohave drive in the second half that would have put the Patriots within a touchdown.
The Tigers forced three fumbles, and Roy was responsible for two of them.
"I'm real excited by his potential," Prichard said of the sophomore.
KAOL plays next at 3 p.m. Saturday at Peoria Accelerated (5-1).