KINGMAN - Lee Williams High School (0-1) looks to bounce back in their home opener at 7 p.m. tonight against the Coconino High School Panthers (1-1) after a humbling road loss last week.
This should be an easier match-up for the Volunteers, even if the Panthers are in a division higher. Coconino struggled against a lower-ranked D-IV school last week, going into the second half down by 7 and had to rally with three touchdowns to get the win. According to MaxPreps.com, the Volunteers come out on top this week at No. 107 versus No. 146 Coconino.
That doesn't mean that the Volunteers are underestimating their opponents.
"They're fast. They run the ball very well," said Coach Eugene Kramer. "We have to control the line of scrimmage, and keep the ball in our hands."
A big chunk of that responsibility will lie in the hands of junior quarterback Daniel Mazon, who will take the place of Landon Kramer on offense against Coconino.
Coach Kramer cited a "minor injury" to Landon, but he expects him to play on defense as free safety.
Sophomore running back Paul Giglio will be back in action after a knee injury scare suffered on the road in the 42-0 loss at Mingus.
Coach Kramer saw some positive things in last week's game against the Mingus Marauders and will look for better execution on both sides of the ball tonight.
"Last week, we were in the right place, we just didn't make the plays. The schemes were there," said Kramer. "Our kids didn't quit. We saw that early. They fought hard the entire game. I was proud of them."
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Lee Williams High School.