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Self-confidence and trust to be key for Vols against Bourgade
Lee Williams seeking first chit in 'W' column

Lee Williams quarterback Daniel Mazon hands off to Jason Ruiz during last week’s loss to Coconino. The Vols are counting on Nate Cottrell and Paul Giglio to pick up Ruiz’s slack with Ruiz being sidelined for the next two to three weeks. (ALAN CHOATE/Miner)

Lee Williams quarterback Daniel Mazon hands off to Jason Ruiz during last week’s loss to Coconino. The Vols are counting on Nate Cottrell and Paul Giglio to pick up Ruiz’s slack with Ruiz being sidelined for the next two to three weeks. (ALAN CHOATE/Miner)

After being outscored 76-13 in its first two losses of the varsity football season, Lee Williams High School is looking forward to a better showing tonight against Bourgade Catholic High School of Phoenix.

That's a tall order, considering the Golden Eagles are off to a 3-0 start, including a 42-6 pounding of Kingman Academy High School in Week 2.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Lee Williams High School.

"They're a very good football team, very physical," Lee Williams coach Eugene Kramer said Wednesday. "They run the ball very well. They're a smash-mouth, power football team. They're going to come at us."

Kramer had the Volunteers' defense working on recognizing Bourgade's formations, shifting to the left or right and covering running backs coming out of the backfield. The Golden Eagles average about 200 yards rushing a game, running primarily blasts, powers and sweeps.

They're led by senior quarterback Luke Dreher (5-10, 180) and junior running back David Aguilar ((5-6, 160). Pat Lavin is head coach.

Kramer said the Volunteers are trying to find self-confidence and trust in each other.

"Part of it is a belief factor that we can play with these teams and succeed," he said. "We're focusing on us. More than anything, we're trying to improve ourselves in every area and in every way."

Offensively, the Volunteers need to become crisper in execution, learn their assignments and communicate better. On defense, they need to eliminate missed tackles and blown coverages, the coach said.

Kramer said running backs Paul Giglio and Nate Cottrell have come a long way in getting synchronized with the offensive line. Cottrell gained 107 yards and scored a touchdown in last week's 34-13 loss to Coconino.

"We're better than what we've shown and I truly believe that," Kramer said. "We're one or two missed assignments ... one block away on some situations. If we take care of those, we can win."

Lee Williams will be without senior running back Jason Ruiz, who is expected to miss two to three weeks because of an ankle injury.

One bright spot for the Volunteers early in the season is senior defensive end Jerry Jones, who leads Division IV with six quarterback sacks, according to MaxPreps website. He also has seven tackles, including four solo tackles.

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