Coach fears free-fall as Kingman High loses again

Bulldogs on the brink after 25-14 loss to Parker

KINGMAN - Parker handed the Kingman High football team its third consecutive loss to open the season, 25-14, and the Bulldogs have found themselves on the brink of a disastrous year.

"We're in danger of a free-fall if we don't get some senior leadership," said KHS coach Greg Tonjes. "This isn't about Xs and Os. We need guys to step up and lead, and we don't have that."

Kingman (0-3) trailed 12-6 at the half after Parker (1-1) scored the first two touchdowns of the game. The Broncs' two-point conversion attempts failed both times.

The Bulldogs got on the board with a 27-yard touchdown run by Maurice Longmire with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

"When I point one finger at our players, I point two at myself and the coaching staff," Tonjes said. "It's in our heads and our hearts."

It took Parker three minutes to increase its lead to 19-6 in the third quarter, but Kingman bounced back in 1-1/2 minutes when quarterback Daniel Williford hit Isiah Perez on a 49-yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs went for two, and Williford connected with Perez again to narrow the lead, 18-14.

Six minutes later Parker again made it a two-possession game on a 1-yard dash for the game's final score, 25-14.

Tonjes said there were costly mistakes that did the team in. There was a poor snap on a punt that gave Parker the ball on the Kingman 10-yard line, and another Bulldog possession ended with a fumble on the 25.

"I'm real disappointed," the coach said. "Once the emotions start collapsing, mistakes happen. That was a beatable team, but we have a tendency of getting behind and emotionally getting out of whack."

Parker outgained Kingman 312 yards to 207. Williford competed 19-of-33 passes for 163 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Jose Moreno caught seven for 68 yards, and Perez had four for 52. The Bulldogs rushed for just 44 yards on 31 carries.

"I'm not saying we're not going to be ready for our home opener," Tonjes said. "We will be prepared and be ready to go play football."

Kingman hosts Goldwater (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. Goldwater was blasted by Deer Valley Friday, 45-7.