Lee Williams won't overlook 2-5 Pinon squad

RYAN ABELLA/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Lee Williams’ Jason Ruiz rushes against Joy Christian last Friday. The Volunteers are searching for ways to keep defenses from keying on their running game.

RYAN ABELLA/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Lee Williams’ Jason Ruiz rushes against Joy Christian last Friday. The Volunteers are searching for ways to keep defenses from keying on their running game.

KINGMAN - Like every football coach who treats each game with caution, Eugene Kramer will tell you that Lee Williams High School can't overlook the Pinon Eagles, who've won two games this season.

They've been outscored 282-122, including last week's 72-6 thumping by Tuba City. Still, the Eagles are a pretty good football team, Kramer said Wednesday as he prepared Lee Williams (5-2 overall, 3-1 section) for today's game at Pinon (2-5, 2-2).

Pinon runs the power-I formation with an athletic quarterback in junior Zachary Cody, who also plays baseball for the Eagles.

On defense, they're probably going to run a six-man front or 5-3 and they like to shoot the gaps to disrupt the offense, Kramer said.

After last week's 49-0 loss to Joy Christian, the Volunteers have their own problems to solve, like opening up a passing game to keep defenders from keying on running backs Dallas Morgan and Jason Ruiz. They also need work on returning kickoffs.

"It's back to us getting better," Kramer said. "What can Lee Williams do to make themselves better rather than worry about the other team."

The coach said his players practiced hard this week and worked on special teams with full contact. It's probably the best week of practice this year, he said.

"That's a tribute to these kids. After 49-0, we didn't have one kid quit. They did not take a play off. You've got to give the kids credit. They want to get to the playoffs and they showed determination this week," Kramer said.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the No. 9-ranked Volunteers stand a good chance of making the Division V playoffs in the school's second year of varsity football.