KINGMAN - When the Kingman High Bulldogs left the field after last week's 54-16 loss to Surprise Willow Canyon, a lingering question was the injury status on leading rusher Matthew Farney.
Farney left the game in the first quarter and returned from the locker room after halftime on crutches.
The good news for KHS is Farney suffered a bruised bone and won't be out for the rest of the year. The bad news is he will be out tonight when KHS heads to Surprise Valley Vista.
"He wanted to play this week, but I'm not going to risk it," KHS coach Rob York said.
York is hopeful Farney will return next week when the Bulldogs travel to Prescott.
In the meantime, sophomore quarterback Sean Curran will get to start while Alex Lopez will start in place of Farney with Willie Valdez coming in later in the game.
"Willie can't start because he was sick and missed practice on Monday," York said. "But he's not going to be out for very long."
Valley Vista (6-1) is coming off a 40-14 win over Tolleson, and according to York, they are a team that likes to pass the ball.
"They like to throw," York said. "They have two receivers they like to throw to and they have a tall kid with some speed."
The Monsoon throwing the ball more will be an opportunity for cornerback Gabe Lumas to add to his interception total. Lumas had seven interceptions against Flagstaff on Sept. 30.
Lumas didn't have many opportunities to add to his total last week against Willow Canyon, as the Wildcats stuck mostly to a running game, accumulating 426 yards on the ground compared to just 92 passing yards.
"It can be one of the two," said York of Lumas. "They can go after him to see if he is for real or stay away from him."
This will be the second trip to the Phoenix area for KHS.
The Bulldogs opened the season with a 52-14 loss to Mesa Skyline. However, York isn't too concerned with the long bus ride as he plans on taking advantage of the fall break to bring the players in early to watch films before making the trip.
"It will be OK. The kids don't have school (today) so they can sleep in a little bit so the bus ride won't be too difficult," York said. "We are going to try and get them in a little early so they don't stay up too late on Thursday."