Round Valley rolls over Volunteers
Fast, physical Elks too much for Lee Williams
KINGMAN - The football season came to a crushing end for Lee Williams High School, outmatched by a Round Valley team that remains undefeated at 11-0 and racks up points like a pinball machine.
The Volunteers were shut out 52-0 Friday in their first AIA state playoff appearance, finishing with a 7-4 overall record in their second year of varsity competition.
Lee Williams could not hang with the Elks, who have outscored their opponents 618-26 this year and feature a ground game that averages more than 400 yards a game.
The Vols were "humbled" by a very good football team that's well-coached and led by 16 seniors, Lee Williams coach Eugene Kramer said Saturday.
"It was hard on them," Kramer said. "The kids realize that next year is their senior season, so they're one step closer to being done with football. That kind of set in with them."
Lee Williams' roster is comprised entirely of juniors, sophomores and freshmen, which means everybody returns for what looks to be a formidable 2015 team that will probably be bumped up to Division IV.
Lee Williams advanced to the Elks' 7-yard line and 15-yard line and had opportunities to score, but could not get the ball into the end zone, Kramer said.
"They're very fast and by far the most physical team we played all year," the coach said about the Elks. "By far, no doubt. They're just tough, physical kids. They're not big or huge, just physical. Technique-wise, they're incredible."
Vols quarterback Braxton Burgess played a "gutsy game," Kramer said, getting hit hard all night and hanging in the pocket to complete some passes.
Defensively, the Elks had the Volunteers' number, Kramer said. Running back Dallas Morgan was getting stuffed at the line and Lee Williams was without two of its top runners, Jason Ruiz (ankle) and Andrew Davis (concussion).
"It wasn't because of lack of effort. The kids gave a great effort," Kramer praised. "They blitzed us every time and we just had a hard time picking up guys."
The next step for the Volunteers is to dedicate themselves to the weight room to get stronger and faster, the coach said. He saw juniors such as Morgan, Burgess, Jerry Jones and his son, Landon Kramer, step up and become good team leaders.
"We had kids do the right thing. They bought into what we try to teach - to be good citizens and good people in the community."