Vols to bring running attack against Parker
Lee Williams host Broncs in football season opener at 7 p.m. tonight
KINGMAN - Running backs Jason Ruiz and Dallas Morgan of Lee Williams High School both ran the ball well in last week's scrimmage against Wickenburg. Coach Eugene Kramer is looking for more of the same in the Volunteers' home opener today against Parker. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Parker is an Arizona Division IV team and one of the better teams Lee Williams will face this year, Kramer said.
"Parker is a really good football team. They're extremely disciplined and they run the ball," he said. "They really upped their passing game from last year and they're more of a dual threat."
Lee Williams also worked on balancing its offense after relying heavily on the power-I run game last year. The Volunteers participated in a 7-on-7 passing tournament in June and plan to increase the number of pass attempts per game this year.
The Volunteers won four out of their final five games last year to finish 4-6 in their first year of varsity football. And they did it with a roster of only freshmen and sophomores.
"We're going to have to work together as a family and trust each other," the 5-7, 170-pound Ruiz said Wednesday in preparation for Parker. "We've just got to go out and play. One cut and get vertical."
Kramer said he felt good about last week's scrimmage, with Ruiz and Morgan grinding it out on the ground and quarterback Braxton Burgess doing a good job of running the offense. They played a lot of downs in a short period of time.
"They basically started where they left off last year," the coach said. "They dedicated time over the summer in the weight room. We tell them you either get better every day or you get worse. You don't stay the same. These kids are dedicated to getting better every day."
While he saw excellent play overall, Kramer got a look at some areas that need work. The defense had a couple of breakdowns here and there, but came out with good energy.
"It's getting the kids prepared," he said. "Make sure they're aligned right and put them in position to make plays on defense. Offensively, make sure we're sharp with our timing and execution."
Parker opened the season last week with a 33-26 win against Yuma. Broncs coach Jestin Lotts said he knows Lee Williams is a much-improved team from last year and he's got his players looking at film and going over their game plan.