Photo by Beau Bearden.
KINGMAN – The Lee Williams High School football team had its opportunities Friday night against Mohave, but couldn’t capitalize in a 14-10 loss.
“In the second half, we had some mistakes,” said Volunteers head coach Clint Sasse. “I felt like we were moving the ball and doing a lot of good things, but we let loose in our coverage a few times and that’s what happens. … We have to focus and we have to finish off the game right.”
The 29th-ranked Volunteers (4-6, 1-5 4A Grand Canyon) were locked in a defensive battle in the first half as the No. 30 ranked T-birds (3-7, 2-4) only held a 2-0 advantage after scoring a safety on a punt.
Lee Williams found success early in the third quarter, but had to settle for a field goal after a touchdown was called back for a penalty.
The Vols did find the end zone on their next possession as quarterback AJ Herrera found Edmond Ashton on a long pass touchdown for a 10-2 lead.
Unfortunately, Lee Williams couldn’t hold on as Mohave scored 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the win.
“There’s a lot of positive to take from the season,” Sasse said. “The positive outweighs the negative. I know our record didn’t show it, but I see a different team on the field. That’s exciting.”
It was the final game for 13 Volunteers, but they are in good shape next year with 15 juniors expected to return.
“We appreciate all that the seniors have done,” Sasse said. “They’ve helped lay a foundation for what this program will become. Like I tell them, ‘it’s the juniors’ time now. Juniors, you’re seniors now. This is your team now.’”