Wildcats get the best of Bulldogs in win

RODNEY HAAS / Miner <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->KHS’s Skyler Burgess tries to bring down Surprise Willow Canyon’s Mitchell Carpenter during the fourth quarter of the Wildcats 54-16 win over the Bulldogs Friday night.

RODNEY HAAS / Miner <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->KHS’s Skyler Burgess tries to bring down Surprise Willow Canyon’s Mitchell Carpenter during the fourth quarter of the Wildcats 54-16 win over the Bulldogs Friday night.

KINGMAN - Kingman High knew that Surprise Willow Canyon wasn't going to be an easy game.

The Bulldogs held the Wildcats at 7-0 in the first quarter, only to fall behind to Willow Canyon's size and speed, when they took over in the second quarter, scoring 19 unanswered points en route to a 54-16 win.

"The kids played hard. Willow Canyon is better than us and it showed," KHS coach Rob York said. "They had tackles that are 280 pounds and we just don't have that."

If there were any positives to take away for KHS, it would be the first play of the second half when Sean Curran found Willie Valdez for a 64-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs on the board and cut Willow Canyon's lead to 26-7.

"Our line played great in the second half and they gave me time to pass and they gave our running backs holes to run through," Curran said. "If they played like that (the whole) game we would've had a chance to win."

Lucas McFarland added a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 40-10 and Curran found Jose Cardenas on a 52-yard screen pass, cutting the lead to 47-16.

"There is still lots of work that needs to be done," York said. "The screen pass was a good call because they had some of their second string guys in."

With three games left including a road trip to Surprise Valley Vista next week, KHS (1-6) could be without the services of leading rusher Matthew Farney.

Farney left the game in the first quarter and did not return.

He had ice on his knee and returned from the locker room after halftime on crutches.

York will know more on Monday about the injury. If Farney is done for the year it will be a huge blow to the Bulldogs. It will cause Valdez and Alex Lopez to get most of the carries and tax them further as both players also take a majority of snaps on defense.

"It hurts because (Farney) is a fresh guy. We don't play him a lot on defense," York said. "Every time he got the ball he had fresh legs and (wouldn't) be tired."

After he got hurt, we had Willie and Alex run the ball and they play every down on the defensive side of the ball."

Farney ended the night with three carries for eight yards while Lopez had eight carries for 47 yards.

Willow Canyon had 518 total yards compared to KHS's 144 yards and the Wildcats accumulated 22 first downs compared to KHS's six.

Extra Point: Willow Canyon quarterback Taylor Nezdoba is the son of former KHS player Frank Nezdoba. Frank was named First team All-State and First team All Conference during his senior year at KHS. Frank graduated KHS in 1996.

Willow Canyon 54,

Kingman High 16

WC 7 19 14 14 - 54

KHS 0 0 7 9 - 16

First quarter

WC Anthony Thompson 11 run (David Torres kick)

Second quarter

WC JD Espree 46 run (Torres kick)

WC Espree 48 run (kick failed)

WC Diandre Harding 11 pass from Taylor Nezdoba (pass failed)

Third quarter

KHS Willie Valdez 64 pass from Sean Curran (Lucas McFarland kick)

WC Thompson 9 run Torres kick

WC Thompson 11 run Torres kick

Fourth quarter

KHS McFarland 22-yard field goal

WC Espree 28 run (Torres Kick)

KHS Jose Cardenas 52 pass from Curran (kick failed)

WC Mitchell Carpenter 31 run (Torres kick)

Rushing: KHS Alex Lopez 8-47, Farney 3-8, Cardenas 1-(-1), Valdez 10-(-10), Curran 7-(-25).

Passing: Curran 3-6-116-1 2TDs. Valdez 0-4-0-0.

Receiving: Valdez 1-64 1TD, Cardenas 1-52 1TD, Lopez 1-9.