KINGMAN - The reality is that there are acceptable blowout losses. On the other hand, there are unacceptable blowout losses and Kingman Academy is feeling the sting from one of the latter after losing to Bourgade Catholic last week, 42-6.
"We're going to have to grow, and we're going to have to learn some things," said KAHS football coach Dan Stroup. "We're just not in game shape yet. So we ran super-hard this week and hope it'll pay off."
Stroup gives credit to Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens for understanding that geese can fly 71 percent further when they work as a team.
"We want to be more like geese," the coach said. "We need to be communicating and taking our turns leading. We're trying to learn to be more cohesive."
Bourgade was bigger than Academy (0-1 Division IV) in the trenches and pushed the Tigers around, and junior DE/RB Jordan McDowell-Seybert sees that as something to be changed.
"We're spread pretty short on linemen, but our skill guys are stepping up," McDowell-Seybert said. "It's going to be a tough game, and we're going to have to execute flawlessly."
Offensive right tackle Chris Edwards is out for tonight's game due to concussion protocol.
McDowell-Seybert led the Academy with 16 tackles and 133 yards rushing with the sole Tiger touchdown last week. He's bought into what Stroup is trying to get across to the team.
"The offense was strong. We all had our mess-ups, but we all had shining moments, too," he said. "We're just going to have to work as a cohesive unit."
Tonopah Valley (1-0 D-V) hosts the Tigers at 7 p.m. today after holding off Benjamin Franklin last week, 28-24. The Phoenix bring a three-headed monster into the game.
Quarterback Chris Davis, running back Arturo Tapia and wide receiver Emaud Romar pose the offensive threats for Tonopah.
Davis threw for 137 yards and rushed for another 137 and three touchdowns in last week's win. Tapia rushed for 91 and a TD, and Romar caught four passes for 74 yards.
"It's those three guys, but it all runs through Davis," Stroup said. "Everyone knows where he starts. We'll have to contain him and slow him down."
Academy's season only gets more difficult with each passing week, so getting a win tonight and gaining momentum is of paramount importance to the Tigers.
"We want to come out on top and be even at this point," the coach said. "We need to take care of business and not stray from our game plan."