KINGMAN - Some games you have to write off as a learning experience, forget about the score and move on to the next game.
For Lee Williams High School's Volunteers, the 49-0 drubbing they took Friday night from Glendale Joy Christian is one of those games.
The Volunteers (5-2 overall, 3-1 Section VII) learned early about the speed of Joy Christian senior running back Tonka Watson, who came in motion and took a handoff for a long run on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage.
Watson (5-11, 180 pounds) looks like a legitimate NCAA Division I recruit, slicing through Lee Williams' defense with cuts and jukes that left the Volunteers grasping for air and requiring more than one defender to bring down.
He hauled in a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Mitchell that put Joy Christian up 13-0 midway through the first quarter and ran 10 yards for the Eagles' final score with 8:04 left in the game.
Watson wasn't the only threat for Joy Christian (6-1 overall, 4-0 Section VII). Sophomore running back Ty Bo Graham reeled off three consecutive touchdown runs of 14, 15 and 24 yards in staking the Eagles to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Wide receiver Dujuan Lawrence burned Lee Williams on a 40-yard pass that set up his 7-yard TD catch for Joy Christian's first score of the game. The Eagles scored 18 seconds later after Lee Williams fumbled a short kickoff.
Overall, Joy Christian racked up 467 yards in total offense.
"I knew they were that good," Lee Williams coach Eugene Kramer said. "They're a good football team. Our kids played hard. We made some mistakes here and there that hurt us."
The Volunteers had trouble handling short kickoffs, fumbling two and letting the ball drop untouched and recovered by the Eagles on another.
Kramer took the blame for not preparing the team. He'd seen the short kicks on film and had the return team line up wrong.
The Eagles threw some tricky schemes at Lee Williams and were excellent at tackling and swarming to the ball. That's why they're in the Division V championship hunt every year, Kramer said.
"We'll get there eventually," he said. "Every day you get a little better or worse. We took a step back, but we never quit. We'll get better next week."
Lee Williams was throttled offensively as leading rusher Dallas Morgan was held to 10 yards on nine carries, uncharacteristically losing yardage on several runs. Jason Ruiz gained 25 yards, most of it on two carries late in the game against Joy Christian's second team. Andrew Davis ran one time for 15 yards, again late in the game. Quarterback Braxton Burgess threw six times with no completions.
"Honestly, I don't know what happened," Ruiz said. "We came out strong on defense in the first series. It was there. We just couldn't get it going. Monday we start practice and get better and prepare for our next game."
The Volunteers play at Pinon at 7 p.m. Friday.