KINGMAN - The early part of football's preseason is about getting better, and that's exactly what occurred for the Kingman Academy High Tigers as they wrapped up Week 1 Saturday at Southside Park.
"The offense has taken a big jump," said KAHS coach Dan Stroup. "The offensive line is coming along and they're learning, but they sure are tired with the no-huddle."
There haven't been any blocking sleds for the Tiger linemen the past couple of seasons, but Stroup got that corrected over the summer.
"All the linemen have hit the sleds," the coach said. "They've never had them before."
Though it's not absolutely definite, it looks like junior Will Herbine has won the quarterback position over freshman Kannon Butler.
"It's a good competition between Will and Kannon," Stroup said. "Will's a product of him being a great defensive player. He does a good job reading the defense."
Herbine played as an end on offense last year and has picked the intricacies of quarterbacking quickly, while remaining humble.
"I like it," the junior said. "It's a pretty big responsibility."
When Stroup arrived at KAHS for this season, one of the first things he did was to recruit players from the Tiger basketball team. Three seniors - Robby Glass, Chris Pfeiffer and Breyden Potter - are stepping up for Stroup.
"They're making a big impact," the coach said.
A pleasant surprise for the Academy is the running ability of sophomore Jordan McDowell-Seybert. He exhibited great bursts of power, speed and the quickness to ward off would be tacklers at Saturday's practice.
The Tigers return to the practice field today and will be in full pads when Week 2 comes to an end.