FLAGSTAFF - For the past five games the scene had been the same for Kingman High football coach Rob York - walk to the end zone to be greeted by his players who where crying and hurt after another loss.
But it was a different story for York Friday night at the Walkup Skydome. Instead of seeing tears of sadness in his player's eyes, there were tears of joy as the Bulldogs finally prevailed with a 48-21 win over Flagstaff High.
"It feels good to win," York said. "Walking into the end zone and seeing smiling faces, instead of kids crying and the kids hurt. That's what makes me smile."
Gabe Lumas got the Bulldogs on the board first when he picked off Flagstaff quarterback Rhyan Robertson and ran it back 38 yards for a quick 7-0 lead.
Lumas would become nuisance for Eagles quarterbacks throughout the night, finishing with seven interceptions and becoming one of 13 players in the country to ever have six or more interceptions in a game.
"It's just a giant weight off of our shoulders, it just feels great, especially in the dome," Lumas said. "I feel so blessed to be in this position. Finally all my hard work is paying off. I don't think it was just me; it was more of a team effort."
Lumas would put KHS up 20-6 when he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Willie Valdez.
"Unbelievable!" Valdez said. "It's just so great to finally have our first win and hopefully this will start a snowball effect where we can end the season at 5-5. That's our main goal, keep winning and keep practicing hard."
After Flagstaff scored a couple of touchdowns to cut the KHS's lead to 34-21, Valdez stepped up with a 37-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 41-21 lead. Matthew Farney put the final nail in the Eagles' coffin with his third touchdown run of the game.
"Hopefully the kids are learning how to win and what it takes to win at the end of the game," York said.
Farney led the Bulldogs rushing attack with 155 yards on 24 carries while Valdez had 73 yards on 13 carries.
Flagstaff had eight turnovers compared to KHS's one.
KHS (1-5) will return home to play against Surprise Willow Canyon at 7 p.m. Friday.
Kingman 48, Flagstaff 21
Kingman 20 7 7 14-48
Flagstaff 6 0 8 7-21
KHS-Gabe Lumas 38-yard interception return (Lucas McFarlend kick)
FHS-52 pass (kick failed)
KHS-Matthew Farney 5 run (kick failed)
KHS-Lumas 42 pass from Valdez (McFarlend kick)
KHS-Farney 1 run (McFarlend kick)
KHS-Valdez 11 run (McFarlend kick)
FHS 41 pass (2-point conversion good)
FHS 42 pass (kick good)
KHS Valdez 37 run (McFarlend kick)
KHS Farney 4 run (McFarlend kick)
Rushing: KHS, Farney 24-155, 3 touchdowns; Valdez 13-73, 2 touchdowns; Candenas 10-41; Lopez 11-34; Curran 1 -(-1).
Passing: KHS, Valdez 2-7-60-0, 1 touchdown; Curran 1-4-2-1.
Receving: KHS, Lumas 2-60, 1 touchdown; Michael Stephens 1-2.