Second half comback not enough for KHS in 46-20 loss to Havasu

Rodney Haas / Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->KHS’s Matthew Farney rushes the ball during the first half of the Bulldogs 46-20 loss to Lake Havasu Friday night. Farney ended the night 102 yards on 16 carries while catching three passes for 120 yards. The Bulldogs will have their home opener 7 p.m. Friday against Flagstaff Coconino.

Rodney Haas / Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->KHS’s Matthew Farney rushes the ball during the first half of the Bulldogs 46-20 loss to Lake Havasu Friday night. Farney ended the night 102 yards on 16 carries while catching three passes for 120 yards. The Bulldogs will have their home opener 7 p.m. Friday against Flagstaff Coconino.

LAKE HAVASU CITY - With a halftime score of 33-7 in favor of Lake Havasu, it appeared that Kingman high's second game of the season was going to go the same as its first - a blowout.

But the Bulldogs came out of the locker room in the second half and put up two touchdowns to cut the Knights lead to 33-20, only to watch Havasu respond in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns for a 46-20 win here Friday night.

"If we would've kept it a little closer in the first half, we would've been alright," KHS coach Rob York said. "It may have been a little different but we came and played hard in the second half and that's what we asked for. The kids didn't quit."

Sean Curran got the start at quarterback for the injured Willie Valdez and found Gabe Lumas for a 11-yard touchdown pass on KHS's first position of the second half. On the next position he found Haydn Lauck for a 1-yard strike.

"I think he threw the ball better in the second half," York said. "The more snaps he gets, the better he will get."

Curran ended the night completing 10-of-21 attempts for 160 yards.

"He's a sophomore, he will get there," York said.

Matthew Farney led the Bulldogs rushing attack with 113 yards on 16 carries. The senior also had three catches for 130 yards as KHS accumulated 258 total yards. Havasu amassed 432 total yards.

After opening the season with back-to-back road games, the Bulldogs (0-2) will have their home opener Friday against Flagstaff Coconino and will be at home for the next two weeks after that before heading on the road again Sept. 30.

For York the importance of getting a win is far more important than being at home.

"We have to try and win a game," York said. "We have to try and build what we did right and fix the stuff that we did wrong. I think it's more important to get a win then to be at home."

Lake Havasu 46, Kingman 20

Kingman 7 0 13 0-20

Lake Havasu 13 20 0 13-46

First quarter

LH Javen Lambertson 5 run (Nic Stoffell kick)

KHS Alex Lopez 20 INT return (Lucas MacFarlen kick)

LH Marcus Fortune 12 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

LH Kris Larson 60 pass from Fortune (kick failed)

LH Trevor Evans 22 run (Stoffell kick)

Third quarter

KHS Gabe Lumas 11 pass from Sean Curran (run failed)

KHS Haydn Lauck 1 pass from Curran (MacFarlen kick)

Fourth quarter

LH Evans 31 pass from Fortune (kick failed)

LH Dylan Morgan 7 run (Stoffell kick)

Rushing: KHS Matthew Farney 16-113, Jose Cardenas 2-4, Curran 2-2, Lopez 2-0, MacFarlen 1 -(-10). Passing: Curran 10-21-160 2TDs. Receiving: Farney 3-130, Skyler Burgess 1-13, Lauck 3-21 1TD, Lumas 3-(-4) 1TD.