KINGMAN - What looked like a war in the first half with the Kingman Academy football team leading ASU Prep, 14-7, turned into a march through Southside Park as the Tigers dominated the second half for a 46-19 win.
"We had a slow start, but we found a way," said KAHS coach Dan Stroup. "I think we're moving forward, but I wasn't happy with our performance as a team. We're better than that."
ASU (1-1) held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and it took the Tigers until 2-1/2 minutes were left in the half to find the end zone. The Academy (2-0) went on a 5-1/2 minute, 12-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by Clayton Holloway. Tristen Pitts' kick was good for the tie, 7-7.
The Tigers seemed to find their groove on the second play of the drive - a 20-yard gain on a screen pass to Robby Glass from quarterback Will Herbine. Glass finished with six catches and 102 yards, four of them for first downs.
"It was because I got so many good blocks," Glass said. "They blocked for me because we love each other. That's why we got those yards."
ASU went three-and-out on its next possession. Colton Bradley sacked ASU quarterback Alex Sikora for a six-yard loss on third down to force a punt. It also signaled the shift in momentum.
"That's when the tide turned," Bradley said. "We were able to get pressure and they couldn't handle it."
Academy took the lead for good in just 23 seconds. The Tigers got the ball with 32 seconds left in the half and 51 yards from the end zone. Glass caught a 30-yard screen pass, Breyden Potter caught another for 25 yards over the middle, and then replicated the play on an 11-yard touchdown catch to put the Tigers ahead, 14-7.
The second half was all about the Tigers. Academy scored twice in the third, one on an 88-yard gallop by Holloway. He wasn't done as Herbine hit him for a 23-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter.
Holloway rushed for 149 yards on 12 carries. He had the one catch for a total yards game of 172 with three touchdowns. Herbine completed 12 of 29 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He used five different receivers.
The Tigers made it 34-7 in the fourth on a 13-yard run by Chy Banda. ASU answered to make it 34-13. Jordan McDowell-Seybert got the 40th point for the Academy on a 56-yard run.
Early on in the game, the Tigers' offensive line had big problems with ASU, but the unit corrected them and wore down the Sun Devil defense.
"We practiced one thing, and they showed a different front," said offensive lineman Wyatt Schmidt. "We made adjustments on our own, pulled together and got it."
Backup quarterback Kannon Butler ran in the final touchdown on a perfectly executed read-option that he kept for 32 yards.
The Tigers face defending Division V state champions Yuma Catholic Friday in Yuma. The Shamrocks manhandled the Academy 59-7 last year at Southside Park.