Lee Williams rolls to Homecoming win
Volunteers gracefully defeat Greyhills 62-0 to improve to 3-1
KINGMAN - Having been on the losing end of enough blowouts themselves, the Lee Williams High School Volunteers kneeled down with more than seven minutes remaining in Friday night's Homecoming Game against Greyhills Academy.
It was a graceful decision by Lee Williams' coaching staff to stop the massacre.
The Vols were more than comfortably ahead, deep in Fightin' Knights territory as they had been all night and scoring at will.
Second-team quarterback Parker Taylor took a knee on all four downs in two consecutive offensive series to mercifully run out the clock for a 62-0 Vols' victory in the section opener.
From a long opening kickoff return by Paul Giglio to the final interception by Edmund Ashton, Lee Williams dominated the game in almost embarrassing fashion.
The Volunteers built a 56-0 halftime lead with less than 100 yards in total offense, having started all but one drive from within the Fightin' Knights red zone.
Many of the Fightin' Knights had never played organized football before suiting up for Greyhills Academy, located in Tuba City on the Navajo reservation, and it showed.
They hurt themselves with multiple penalties, mostly illegal procedure calls, and lost more yardage with poor snaps and botched running plays. They never advanced past their own 42-yard line.
"They're a good bunch of kids," Lee Williams coach Eugene Kramer said of Greyhills. "They play hard with what they have. Hats off to the coaching staff for sticking with them."
Lee Williams took a 6-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Dallas Morgan with 5:04 left in the first quarter after Braxton Burgess had returned a punt to Greyhills' 20-yard line.
The longest offensive play of the night came on Lee Williams' next series when Burgess connected with wide-open receiver Landon Kramer for a 35-yard touchdown strike. A two-point conversion run by Burgess made it 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Then came the onslaught as Lee Williams scored six touchdowns in the second quarter on drives that lasted anywhere from 12 seconds to a minute and a half.
Running back Jason Ruiz cracked the left side for a 2-yard score to open the quarter.
Two minutes later, Kyle Wegner recovered a fumble at Greyhills' 5-yard line to set up a second touchdown run by Morgan.
Kramer inserted his second team about midway through the quarter, giving freshmen and sophomores valuable playing time at the varsity level.
Sophomore defensive back Russel Cottrell recovered a backward pass that Greyhills' players left untouched and then carried it on a 3-yard touchdown run.
Tristan Edwards reeled off a 21-yard sprint to the end zone after Greyhills managed just an 18-yard punt, much of it on a good roll.
Drew Lisherness scored on an 8-yard run and Chris Fernandez ended the first half with a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"I feel bad for them, to be honest," coach Kramer said after the game. "You never want to see a team go through that, but it is what it is. I'm happy for our kids."
Lee Williams (3-1) travels to Williams High School on Sept. 26.