KINGMAN - The Kingman High football season came to an end Friday night, the same way it started in Mesa back in August and the same way on eight previous occasions - with a loss.
But despite Friday's season ending with a 40-13 loss to Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, coach Rob York was still pleased with the effort that his players have shown despite the difficulties that they have faced.
"The kids never quit," York said. "When you have the kind of season that we had, it's real easy for the kids to roll over and not finish it out without any fight or any heart. We didn't do that. The kids played hard on every down. Sometimes we didn't do what we were supposed to do, but I think they went hard every time, and that's nice to see with the kind of season we had."
Skylor Clinton got the Bears on the board with 9:20 left in the first quarter after capping off the opening possession with a 23-yard TD run. Clinton later added two more TD runs.
Matthew Farney tied the game at 6-6 with a 1-yard run. Farney closed out his KHS career with 16 carries for 70 yards.
"I had a blast playing for (KHS)," said Farney, who plans on trying to get a scholarship to play college football while majoring in business management. "Coach York taught me a lot of stuff and I'm going to remember every bit of it."
After Farney's score, the Bears (6-4) went on to score 28 unanswered points to take a 34-6 lead at halftime.
KHS (1-9) cut the lead to 34-13 in the third when sophomore quarterback Sean Curran found senior Justin Story for a 32-yard strike.
Curran ended the night completing 17 of 28 attempts for 168 yards.
"That's the story of the season," Curran said. "We slip up in the first half and make some plays in the second half, but it's just too short and not enough."
Senior Willie Valdez left the game in the first quarter after injuring his back. Valdez injured his lower back during the Bulldogs Week 1 loss to Mesa Skyline and had to sit out the next week.
Senior Gabe Lumas entered the game needing one more touchdown catch to tie Greg Book's school record of TD receptions in a season. Although Lumas didn't get his touchdown, he did move into second place in receptions in a year with 46.
Lumas ended the night with six catches for 78 yards.
After summer camps, passing leagues and countless hours spent in the weight room, a 1-9 season wasn't what York, or the 14 seniors expected.
"Obviously not what we wanted. We had a higher expectation for what we wanted to finish the season," York said. "The seniors that left, we had a lot of them that were in (the weight room) all summer and worked their butts off. I just wished that we could've won a couple more games for them. They put the time in."
Bradshaw Mountain 40,
Kingman High 13
BMHS 19 15 0 6-40
KHS 6 0 7 0-13
BMHS Skylor Clinton 23 run (kick blocked)
KHS Matthew Farney 1 run (kick blocked)
BMHS Garrett Fairman 10 run (pass failed)
BMHS Fairman 3 run (Boyle kick)
BMHS Clinton 9 run (Boyle run)
BMHS Fairman 34 run (Boyle kick)
KHS Justin Story 32 pass from Sean Curran (Lucas McFarlend kick)
BMHS Clinton 1 run (kick failed)
Rushing: KHS Farney 16-70 1TD, Willie Valdez 1-8, Matthew Waite 1-7, Alex Lopez 2-7, Jose Cardenas 2-0, Curran 1-4.
Passing: Curran 17-28-168-2 1TD, Valdez 1-2-17-0.
Receiving: Gabe Lumas 6-78, Skyler Burgess 6-64, Story 1-32 1TD, Joey Scott 1-5, Marine 1-4, Cardenas 1-4, Farney 1-(-1)