Acknowledging Lumas

KHS Gabe Lumas returns an interception during the second half of the Bulldogs’ 48-21 win over Flagstaff Friday at the Walkup Skydome. Lumas’ 7 interceptions broke a school record. (Rodney Haas/Miner)

KHS Gabe Lumas returns an interception during the second half of the Bulldogs’ 48-21 win over Flagstaff Friday at the Walkup Skydome. Lumas’ 7 interceptions broke a school record. (Rodney Haas/Miner)

KINGMAN - Four days after recording seven interceptions, the accolades are rolling in for Kingman High cornerback Gabe Lumas.

Because of his performance in the Bulldogs 48-21 win Friday over Flagstaff High, Lumas was named the Arizona Cardinals State High School player of the week as well as ESPN National Player of the week.

"It's still sinking in. It feels like a dream," Lumas said. "I pictured it when I was little, but it's becoming a reality."

The Cardinals are scheduled to present a trophy to Lumas on Friday, but details of the event is still being worked out between the Cardinals and Kingman High. Athletic director Tim Casson is hoping to have the trophy presentation just before the Bulldogs home game with Surprise Willow Canyon.

"Everyone is real excited, which is good," KHS coach Rob York said. "It's just something else to get excited about."

According to Estelle Moreno, community relation's assistant for the Cardinals, a panel votes for the best player in the state, regardless of division and then the player is award a trophy as well as being recognized at a Cardinals game later in the season.

As for the award from ESPN, the details are still being worked out, but it will mostly consist of recognition on the ESPN website instead of being announced on TV.

But while Lumas is getting deserved credit from the state and the nation for his accomplishment, he is also getting recognition when he walks through the halls of KHS.

"Everywhere I go, people yell out 'Seven!'" Lumas said. "It's just great to have this support from the community. Again it's just unbelievable, I'm just so thankful."