Kingman teams set scrimmages for final tuneups

Alex Gilliman prepares to pass at a Kingman High practice early in fall camp. Coach Greg Tonjes said Gilliman and Nate Sinclair, both juniors, will split time at the quarterback position. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Alex Gilliman prepares to pass at a Kingman High practice early in fall camp. Coach Greg Tonjes said Gilliman and Nate Sinclair, both juniors, will split time at the quarterback position. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - Scrimmage weekend means the start of the high school regular season is only one week away, and all three teams - Kingman Academy, Kingman and Lee Williams - are in action to get ready for the games that count.

Kingman and Lee Williams are at home today with scrimmages starting at 7 p.m. Kingman is offering its annual Blue-Gold contest, and the Volunteers are hosting Needles, Calif. Kingman Academy scrimmages at Laughlin at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Lee Williams will give its fans a first look at its new personnel packages. The Volunteers have suffered a lot of injuries to key personnel heading into the season. It's the first year that four-year-old Lee Williams will have seniors on the field and question marks about players weren't expected to be raised.

Kingman has settled its quarterback controversy. Juniors Nate Sinclair and Alex Gilliman have fought hard to lead the offense, and football coach Greg Tonjes has decided to run a dual system of quarterbacks.

"I have two guys who have never missed a practice, have worked as hard as anyone, and both understand our offensive schemes," the coach said. "I feel like we have the two best quarterbacks in our section, and to not let one of them play would not be wise."

Kingman's Blue-Gold showcases the varsity with two halves of running clock play. The JV team scrimmages itself at halftime, and barbecue food, regular concessions and jamboree-style music are scheduled to accompany the night of Bulldog football.

Academy goes to Laughlin with its depth chart in place, and coach Dan Stroup wants to get his starters some work. Stroup also said he expects to get his younger players into the action to give them a chance to gain some experience.

All three teams open the regular season next week on the road. Kingman is at Chino Valley Friday, where the Bulldogs hope to snap an 11-game skid. Lee Williams is at Mingus Friday, and Kingman Academy faces Phoenix Bourgade Catholic in Flagstaff Saturday.