Sports: Must-have wins on the menu for Football Friday
KINGMAN – For different reasons, all three local high school football teams are in need of a win in Week 6 of the season.
Lee Williams (2-3, 0-2 Grand Canyon) hosts Coconino (2-3, 1-0) in its annual Homecoming Game. The Volunteers are looking at this one to show the rest of the region it can compete after losing its first two.
The Vols desperately need to get their offense going. Lee Williams has scored more than 14 points in a game only once this season, and that came in its season opening win at Kingman, 28-6.
To get the win, the passing and rushing games have to get rolling. Andrew Herrera and Daniel Mazon have combined for 367 yards per game passing for a 73.7 per game average.
Paul Giglio leads the Vols in rushing with 277 yards on 62 carries. He has three touchdowns. Andrew Davis had 152 yards on the ground and one touchdown.
Kael Juelfs leads the Vols’ defense with 47 tackles in four games. Michael Thomas is second with 41.
Kingman hosts Wickenburg
If the Bulldogs get their first win of the season over Wickenburg (5-0), they’ve definitely done it the hard way. The Wranglers are No. 7 in 3A as the two teams square off in the 3A West Region opener.
Kingman (0-5) has been outscored 215-34 this season. Wickenburg averages 48.2 points per game, and the Wranglers do that on the ground. They are averaging 441.8 yards per game and only 25 yards per game through the air.
Kingman Academy at Parker
This a huge game for the Tigers. It’s a signature game, as Kingman Academy (3-2, 2-0 2A Central) has played Parker (1-4, 1-1) tough the past three years but hasn’t found a way to beat the Broncs.
As of now, it looks as if only one team from the 2A Central will make the state playoffs. Winning the region championship is paramount, and the Tigers need this game to keep that in sight.
Kingman Academy has momentum, winning its last two, and first two region, games by a combined score of 78-19. The key to victory for the Tigers will be turnovers. When Kingman Academy doesn’t turn the ball over, the Tigers win. When it does, the Tigers lose.
Kekoa Makaiwi-Stroup is starting to blossom at quarterback. He’s 29-for-56 for 530 yards and five TDs. He does have three interceptions.
The Tigers’ rushing attack is solid with Jordan McDowell-Seybert chewing up 709 yards on 59 carries for a 12.0 yards per carry average. Clayton Holloway has added 335 yards on the ground.
Defensively, the Tigers need a big game from All-Everything McDowell-Seybert. He leads the Tigers, and is 22nd in the nation, with 92 tackles. He’s on nearly every defensive play with Trevor Lowry second on the team with 38 tackles.
Parker loves to run the ball with 827 rushing yards over four games’ worth of statistics. The Broncs have passed for 250, and those are big play yards. Parker averages more than 20 yards per completion.