Momentum turns against Academy

ALAN CHOATE/Miner<BR>
Kingman Academy had a hard time defending the run Friday night.

ALAN CHOATE/Miner<BR> Kingman Academy had a hard time defending the run Friday night.

KINGMAN - It doesn't take much to swing the momentum in high school football, and the Kingman Academy Tigers got a double dose of misfortune during their 25-6 loss to Parker Friday at Southside Park.

After Parker (4-1) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter but missed the conversions and led 12-0, Academy (2-3) earned a golden opportunity to change the game's direction.

With less then a minute to go in the quarter, Parker recovered an onside kick after its second score. On the following play from scrimmage, the Broncs fumbled and Academy's Ethan Tibbetts scooped up the ball and bolted nearly 50 yards for a Tiger touchdown.

However, the run was called back due to a clip and a block in the back, and the Academy had to start its drive on the Parker 49. Before the Tigers could grab the momentum from the recovered fumble, Mother Nature and her big lightning storm put the game into a 30-minute delay.

"That was the big turnaround," said KAHS coach Dan Stroup. "It was brought back and could have been a real momentum-changing play."

Neither team scored in the second quarter and Parker led at the half, 12-0.

Academy couldn't get its offense going except for a brief spurt in the third quarter. The Tigers had 138 yards in total offense. Quarterback Will Herbine completed 8-for-27 for 68 yards and two interceptions.

Jordan McDowell-Seybert was the Academy's leading rusher with 42 yards on three carries. It was his 28-yard run in the third that led to the Tigers' only score. At the end of his run, Parker helped the cause with two penalties that took the ball from the 37 down to the 11. Five plays later, Chy Banda bulldozed his way into the end zone.

Parker scored the final points of the game midway through the fourth.

"We never got in rhythm offensively," Stroup said. "We did improve defensively from last week, though we still need to improve."

Academy attempts the put an end to its three-game losing streak when the Tigers host Sedona Red Rock (4-1) in their Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. Friday. Sedona beat Camp Verde Friday, 35-6.

"We're trying to discover ourselves," Stroup said. "Our kids are fighting. We just can't make too many mistakes the rest of the way."