KINGMAN - Facing Greyhills Academy may be just what the doctor ordered for Lee Williams High School's Homecoming football game at 7 p.m. today.
Coming off a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of No. 1-ranked River Valley last week, the Volunteers (2-1) begin section play against the Fightin' Knights who were shut out in their first games by a combined 94-0 score, then rebounded with their own 32-0 shutout of Rough Rock last week.
"They are a young football team that has a pretty good ground attack and then will play-action off it pretty well," Lee Williams coach Eugene Kramer said Thursday. "We are going to work on making the Volunteers better and let the chips fall as they may."
Lee Williams opened the season with two home victories over Parker and Holbrook and looks much improved from last year's 4-6 squad. The Volunteers are competing in just their third year of football and second year of varsity play with no seniors on the team.
They're led by junior middle linebacker and running back Dallas Morgan (6-2, 185 pounds), who missed the game against River Valley to show livestock at the Mohave County Fair. He gained 203 yards rushing in the first two games.
Junior defensive tackle Jerry Jones (5-11, 195) has become a force on the line, averaging 10 tackles a game, many of them for lost yardage. Kyle Wegner (6-2, 200) has sacked the quarterback three times.
Several players are banged up for Lee Williams, including fullback Marcus Tate and tailback Andrew Davis. Both suffered concussions. Freshman linebacker Kael Juelfs had to come out of the River Valley game. Defensive back Nate Cottrell broke his ankle in the first game and is out for the season.
Kramer said Greyhills Academy, located on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, is still a good football team. He's not looking at their 1-2 record.
"We can't worry about who we play. We've got to get our team ready before anything else," the coach said.