Thirty-two seconds separated Kingman High from its first win of the year, its first homecoming win since 2002, and its first win in the new stadium.
But the cheers from the stands and the sidelines were silenced when Bullhead City's Andres Perez scampered in from 4 yards out with 32 seconds left to give Mohave High a 25-19 win and keep the Bulldogs searching for that every elusive first win.
"Come off a loss like this, it has to be rough on the kids," KHS Rob York said. "This is going to be harder than any of the other ones because this is homecoming and it came down to the last couple of minutes. The kids just have to try to bounce back."
KHS (0-5) had one last chance to pull out a miracle, starting on its own 20 with 23 seconds left and one timeout. Quarterback Sean Curran entered the game, but his passes just missed the out-stretched hands of the receivers as the Bulldogs fought to the very last second.
"We can only get better," senior Alex Lopez said. "Every week we can only get better. That's all we can do. We've just got to regroup on Monday and come out and play harder against Flagstaff."
The Bulldogs got their first lead of the season when Willie Valdez scored on a 39-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. KHS added to the lead when Valdez found Gabe Lumas for a 12-yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0.
However, Mohave came back with a 27-yard field goal by Jacob Boyd and an 18-yard scoring run by Perez to cut KHS's lead to 12-10 at halftime.
KHS went up 19-10 after Valdez found Matthew Farney for a 24-yard strike, but the Thunderbirds countered with a touchdown with 8:39 left to play to cut the lead to 19-17, then took the lead on Perez's second touchdown run.
"We still have time, there are still five games left. We have to try and make something out of the season," York said. "We talk about crossroads, and this was a big game. It was a hard loss."
KHS plays at Flagstaff at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the NAU dome.
Kingman High 19
Mohave 0 10 0 14-25
Kingman 6 6 7 0-19
KHS - Willie Valdez 39 run (kick failed)
KHS - Gabe Lumas 12 pass from Valdez (run failed)
MOV - Jacob Boyd 27-yard field goal
MOV - Andres Perez 18 run (Boyd kick)
KHS - Matthew Farney 24 pass from Valdez (Alex Lopez kick)
MOV - Hector Sarabia 7 run (Boyd kick)
MOV - Perez 4 run (Keenan White pass to Peter Ramos)
Rushing: Farney 17-134, Valdez 15-86, Lopez 4-20, Jose Cardenas 1-1.
Passing: Valdez 3-6-46-0 2 TDs. Sean Curran 1-4-13-0.
Receiving: Lumas 3-35 1 TD, Farney 1-24 1TD.