Havasu handles the Academy, 47-0

KINGMAN - The conclusion was to be expected Friday when No. 4 Lake Havasu easily slid past Kingman Academy in Division IV, Section III football action in Lake Havasu City, 47-0.

"It was a 5A team against a 2A team," said KAHS football coach Dan Stroup. "Still, we didn't play very well. It's one of those you just chalk up."

Stroup alluded to the fact that Lake Havasu has a student enrollment of 1,864 compared to the Academy's 386.

"It was a packed Havasu crowd. I'd say 2,000," the coach said. "Some things worked that we thought would. Havasu is much better in person than on film."

Lake Havasu (9-0, 6-0) has shut out seven of its opponents this season, and the Academy (1-8, 1-5) almost kept it at six. Twice the Tigers advanced inside the Havasu 5-yard line and on another possession they got inside the 25.

A fumble, a poorly run route and an interception kept the Academy out of the end zone.

A bright spot for the Academy was senior punter Tristen Pitts, who had seven punts for 387 yards with a long of 68 yards. Pitts's work now has him ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 46.2 yards per punt average, according to MaxPreps.com.

"Pitts was amazing," Stroup said. "He was incredible. His hang time was unreal."

Quarterback Kekoa Makaiwi-Stroup completed 7-of-17 passes for 97 yards, including a 46-yard strike to Jordan McDowell-Seybert. Makaiwi-Stroup had the one interception.

McDowell-Seybert led the Tigers with 34 yards rushing on 14 carries. Andrew Quick had two receptions for 26 yards.

Defensively, Pitts and Matthew Timmerman led the Tigers with nine tackles each. Kannon Butler had five from the defensive tackle position.

Academy hosts Mohave (4-5, 4-2) in the final game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday at Southside Park.

"We have to get back out there and compete," Stroup said. "We have to set the tone for next year."