KINGMAN - "He's only a man."
That is what Kingman Academy football coach Dan Stroup told his defense about Estrella Foothills running back Joe Logan, who scored five touchdowns on runs of 22, 1, 30, 38 and 25 yards - all in the first half - Friday at Southside Park.
Estrella (3-0 Division IV), ranked No. 8, had not reported its stats by deadline, but it was clear that Logan (5-11, 185) was a man among boys.
"And their line was really good," Stroup said. "They really hustled and got the extra blocks. Things we need to be doing."
Even before kickoff, Academy (0-3 D-IV) had to deal with bad news. Starting quarterback Kekoa Makaiwi-Stroup and OL/ILB Seth Tibbetts were in an accident in which the off-road Razor they were riding in flipped. Both missed the game, and Makaiwi-Stroup suffered an injury that required 17 stitches on his knee. He's expected to miss several weeks.
Kannon Butler replaced Makaiwi-Stroup and was forced to get rid of the ball quickly all game. He completed six of 26 passes for 98 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions.
Academy scored its only touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Butler connected with Jordan McDowell-Seybert on a 38-yard catch-and-run. Estrella scored just once in the second half in its 56-7 win.
McDowell-Seybert finished with 95 yards receiving and 42 rushing. He also led the defense with 12 tackles.
"Jordan played a heck of a ballgame as usual," Stroup said.
McDowell-Seybert tipped his cap to Estrella.
"It was insane (out there), just pure chaos," the junior said. "We just need to keep on trucking."
McDowell-Seybert alluded to the Tigers' late second-quarter drive when they drove the ball about 50 yards before stalling when he described how he believes there could have been a better outcome for the Academy.
"If the receivers and the linemen can keep their hearts, we can keep on pumping through it and make good games happen," the running back/defensive end said. "It's just all in the heart."
Senior Tristen Pitts had 11 tackles for the Academy, and Mitchell Lobue added nine. Nothing that happened to the Tigers came as a surprise. It must be remembered this season that the Academy has only two seniors playing.
"We knew going in we had to play a perfect game," Stroup said. "Our big thing is that we need to improve. We're not getting the effort we need to play in this division."
Academy hosts Wickenburg (1-2) in its Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. Friday at Southside Park. It also marks the start to the D-IV, Section III part of the schedule. Wickenburg lost at Winslow Friday, 50-41.
"The Wranglers are going to be a tough opponent," Stroup said. "They're another well-coached team in Division IV."