KINGMAN - The Kingman High football team went into the locker room at halftime trailing just 20-14 to Bradshaw Mountain - the defending Division III Section IV champions - Friday in Prescott Valley.
However, the Bears put up 40 points in the third quarter en route to a 66-20 win.
Kingman (0-5, 0-1) was down after first quarter, 13-6. Maurice Longmire galloped 23 yards for a touchdown to keep the Bulldogs close.
After BM (2-2, 1-0) extended its lead to 20-6, Kingman quarterback Daniel Williford ran four yards for a score. He then connected on a pass with Tyler Tapia on the 2-point conversion for the halftime score.
"That was some of our best football," said KHS coach Greg Tonjes. "We played inspired. There are things to fix and get better at, but there's nothing where I'm disappointed."
The Bears opened the third with another score and followed that up with a 71-yard touchdown run. A Kingman poor punt and a fumble gave BM its next two touchdowns, and at one point the Bears scored touchdowns on three consecutive plays from scrimmage.
The Bulldogs got their final score of the game in the third quarter when Williford completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to Isiah Perez.
Williford completed nine of 15 passes for 161 yards, and the Bulldogs gained 254 yards of total offense.
Injuries mounted up on Kingman as the Bulldogs lost Williford, Longmire and running back/backup quarterback Jose Moreno in the big third quarter. Williford suffered a severely sprained ankle, Longmire might have a hip flexor injury and Moreno cracked some ribs.
"There's the adage about next man up, but when you come in with a small number and lose starters, it gets difficult," Tonjes said. "They all fought to the end, and I'm proud of them."
Kingman hosts Coconino (1-3, 1-0) in another section game at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers got their first win of the season two days ago by beating Mohave (1-4, 0-1) in Flagstaff, 30-21.