Willow Canyon crunches Kingman

Big, beefy Wildcats jump to early lead and coast to 41-14 win

KINGMAN - The giants of Willow Canyon, Devin Dashnaw and Matt Medonich, caused havoc on both sides of the line and led the Wildcats to a 41-14 win over the Kingman High football team Friday in Surprise. Several bad breaks in the early going also led to the demise of the Bulldogs.

Dashnaw, 6-feet-8 and 317 pounds, and Medonich, 6-3 and 206, clogged up the holes that shut down the Bulldogs' running game and opened up their own offensive holes, as Willow Canyon (3-1, 4-3) led 31-0 halftime.

"We couldn't handle their size, and we couldn't run the ball," KHS coach Rob York said. "We tried everything. Nothing worked."

KHS (0-5, 2-5) dropped its fourth straight game.

Some bad luck gave Willow Canyon a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs had a wide-open screen play, but quarterback Dylan Smith's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and negated the opportunity. Later, another Smith pass bounced off the chest of wide receiver G. Herrera and into the arms of a Wildcat defender.

On the next series, KHS went right back to Herrera. Smith's pass was a little behind Herrera, the ball went off his shoulder and Willow Canyon returned the interception for a touchdown.

"It's the same post-game speech every week," York said. "We have to come out and play four quarters."

After the first quarter onslaught, Willow Canyon outscored the Bulldogs 20-14 the rest of the way.

"We came out playing in the second half," York said. "When you get down so far, there's only so much you can do to get back in it."

Defensively, York was very pleased with the play of senior linebacker Jeremy Alder. "He was all over the field," York said. "He had a game and smoked their running back a few times."

Alder was inspired by the presence of family members who normally wouldn't get to watch him play.

"I was jacked up for that game and ready to go," Alder said. "I was flying to the ball. I had to show my family a little something."

KHS scored its first touchdown when Smith hit Herrera on a 7-yard fade route for at touchdown. Bryan Lopez added a 50-yard touchdown run with seven seconds left in the game to make it 41-14.

It's another road game for the Bulldogs when they face Deer Valley (2-2, 3-5) in Glendale next Friday. York said he hadn't yet seen any film of the Skyhawks, but last year they ran the spread offense.

"We'll try to move around and confuse them a little bit," York said. "Right now, our region is pretty inconsistent, except for O'Connor, who is beating everyone, and us."