KINGMAN - After three road games to open the season, the Kingman High football team gets some home cooking when the Bulldogs host Goldwater (1-2) at 7 p.m. today.
And they need some.
Kingman (0-3) has been outscored 195-40 in those three games, including a bad loss to Parker last week, 25-14. Now that the Bulldogs are home, a new energy seems to have overtaken the team.
"We're really excited for this game," said KHS coach Greg Tonjes. "We changed some things at practice, and we had a player meeting about player energy and practices. They've bought in, and I'm really proud of them for this week."
Getting the first win of the year is important, and to do so tonight would be extra special. KHS has given this game a theme, "Hometown Heroes," and all firefighters, police officers, EMTs and military personnel are invited to the game as guests with complimentary passes.
"We want to thank all of them for the services they provide to our city, county and country," said KHS athletic director John Venenga. "We're inviting everyone to wear blue for a blue-out game."
Junior wide receiver Isiah Perez had no problem coming up with a list of things the Bulldogs need to do to get that first win.
"Everyone needs to do their jobs," Perez said. "We need to wrap up on tackles, make no mistakes, and go 110 percent. We need to be on the line ready to go on each and every snap."
Kingman will have its hands full with Goldwater's senior TE/DE Danny Reyes. He averages more than nine tackles per game on defense and has 13 catches for 196 yards and five touchdowns on offense.
"We need to stop their tight end and passing game," said senior running back/defensive back Jose Moreno. "They play off a lot (defensively), and we should get off some quick plays. If they try to press us, well, good luck with that. I dare them to try it."
The Bulldogs have a real chance at putting a notch in the win column tonight, and that's not lost on Moreno.
"It would mean everything to us," he said. "We're getting better day-by-day, and we have something to prove. Those three losses have motivated us to do better."