There were a lot of things that stood out for Kingman High football coach Rob York during the Bulldogs scrimmage with Bullhead City Mohave Friday night.
The one thing that stood out the most was the aggressiveness KHS showed that hasn't been seen in a long time.
"I love the chippyness," York said. "We haven't been this aggressive since I took over. I love that, but we have to make sure we know were the line is. That is something that we will talk about in practice this week."
It's a fine line in regards to the chirping back and fourth that was crossed Friday as it led to some pushing and shoving and resulted in two players from Mohave and a player from Kingman being ejected.
There won't be any ramifications as a result of the ejection since it was just a scrimmage. Nevertheless, it's a delicate balance between the aggressiveness that York likes and not crossing the line that could prove detrimental to the team.
"We just have to keep our composure," York said. "I love the backing up a teammate, but we just have to do it the right way. We just have to smile at them and see what you do on the next play. We have to play our game and not let that stuff affect us."
KHS has around 75 players out, including 20 freshman and 16 sophomores. Because of the low number of 9th-graders, the Bulldogs had to cancel the freshmen football season and have varsity and junior varsity squads instead.
"It was rough," York said. "Our freshman are sitting at 20 and I would have to have 30 freshman to break it up, just because we lose some to grades and discipline."
Entering practice, York had hoped to have enough players to field a varsity, junior varsity and freshmen squad. If not that, at least have enough to field a freshmen and varsity squad and move the sophomores up to varsity in order to give some players a break.
"We brought up the kids that we wanted to bring up, so as far as that goes it doesn't hurt that bad," York said. "A lot of those freshmen are going to contribute in the junior varsity schedule and they will get reps and they will get better playing with those older kids."
Sophomores Abraham Ruelas and Tim Georges suited up for Friday's scrimmage, and with the way Georges played it's quite possible he will find a permanent home on the varsity.
"Our sophomores are doing well and with the way Georges is playing he is going to get a lot of reps on the defensive end," York said "We play the best kids that will give us the best advantage to win, and hopefully we will have 20 of those kids so we don't have kids going both ways on every single series."
Besides Georges, Rod Gilleo and Derek Curran had impressive showings, according to York.
Quarterbacks Sean Curran and Tyler Logas split time as Curran was coming back from an injury he suffered during the first week of practice.
"He was a little rusty, and that's what we told him, that every play you have to get better," York said of Curran. "If you lose one play, go back out there and win one."
After practicing for the past three weeks, with some limited due to excessive heat and lightning along with various other school functions, Friday was a chance to finally get under the lights and hit somebody else. It also gave them a good idea of the direction they are at heading in preparation for their season opener Friday, when KHS hosts Mesa Skyline.
"It was nice to hit somebody else," York said. "They were excited to play. They came out and played hard.
"(Friday) was all about getting better, and they are going to be real excited next Friday when they come out."