KINGMAN - An opportunity to look forward, an occasion to say goodbye, and the prospect of eliminating No. 18 Mohave from the Division IV playoffs are on the menu for the Kingman Academy High football team. The Tigers host Mohave (4-5, 4-2) in Section III action at 7 p.m. today at Southside Park.
The Academy (1-8, 1-5) received word this week it won its appeal to play in the 2A Conference next season. The Tigers will play most of their games against schools close their own 386 enrollment size.
It's also the final game of the season for the Academy, which means the high school football careers of Tristen Pitts and Matthew Timmerman end today.
"We're playing for our two seniors," said KAHS football coach Dan Stroup. "We would love to send them out with a win."
The top 16 teams in D-IV will get to play next week in the first round of the state playoffs, and a T-birds win along with some help may get Mohave in. The Tigers are looking to ruin those aspirations, but they'll have to stop running back Jason Urquizza.
"He's a good back," Stroup said. "Both he and their line work hard. We have to get up there and gang tackle him."
The Academy will rely on the running of Jordan McDowell-Seybert and Clayton Holloway. McDowell-Seybert has rushed for 731 yards and seven touchdowns this season, and Holloway has 486 yards and three scores. Quarterback Kekoa Makaiwi-Stroup has completed 42 percent of his passes for 372 yards.
The Mohave defense can be expected to know what is coming its way.
"They get after it," Stroup said. "They're pretty scrappy. They play a unique defense that wants to take the run game away."