Photo by JC Amberlyn.
KINGMAN – The Lee Williams varsity football team was outplayed in every phase of the game as the Flagstaff Eagles ran and passed their way to a 32-7 victory Friday at LWHS.
The Volunteers recorded two three-and-outs and a fumble on their first three possessions as the Eagles soared to a 13-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Flagstaff added another touchdown before halftime to take a commanding 19-0 lead.
Flagstaff quarterback Christian Singleton had his way with the Vols. He ran for two tallies in the initial half (an 18-yard keeper around right and a 1-yard sneak) and passed for another (22-yard strike to Tim Dana).
“Our kids came out flat,” said LWHS football coach Jacob Iodence. “It’s been an overwhelming theme, and we’ve got to get better.
“Week by week we’re getting better at competing, and we just have to keep getting better. It’s the journey. We just have to keep getting better,” said Iodence, whose team dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the 4A Grand Canyon Region.
“I’m going to challenge our guys this week and we’re going to continue to compete,” said Iodence.
Lee Williams finally got out of the starting blocks with 1:37 left in the half when quarterback Adam Herrera lofted a 33-yard scoring pass to Justin Sturgill, who had beaten the Eagles’ cornerback on a streak pattern along the right sideline.
After Edmond Ashton’s PAT, the Vols had closed the gap to 19-7 and had a little momentum going into the intermission.
That momentum was quickly erased when Singleton found Will Aldridge for a 12-yard TD pass to make it 25-7 with 7:19 left in the third quarter. That was the dagger, and it came on a fourth-and-9, although the Vols’ effort remained solid throughout the contest.
The Eagles (4-3, 2-1) wrapped up the scoring when Singleton found George Faull on a 32-yard passing touchdown. The Vols didn’t help themselves as they fumbled away the ball three times.
Herrera was 4-of-18 for 49 yards passing and he picked up another 13 yards on the ground.
Herrera would have added to that total by about 35 yards after eluding four Eagles on a scramble that got the Vols to Eagles’ 32-yard line, but a double-penalty on the Vols pushed them back to their own 19 with only 15 seconds gone in the third quarter.
That was the Vols’ last gasp at having a chance of winning the ballgame. They didn’t threaten the rest of the way.
Andrew Davis led the Vols’ ground attack with 55 yards on seven carries. Michael Thomas added 31 yards on nine carries.
Sturgill led the receiving corps with two grabs while Mauricio Daniel Mazon, Paul Giglio and Cody Ferrin all snagged a pass each.
Lee Williams will be back on the gridiron Friday when it travels to Prescott Valley for a 7 p.m. tilt against Bradshaw Mountain (5-2, 3-0).