Prep Roundup: Bulldogs pounce on Pinon in dominating win
KINGMAN – It may be a different year, but the Kingman High School football team found the same success Friday night against Pinon in a 58-0 victory.
The Bulldogs rushed for 292 yards and five different athletes scored at least one touchdown to open up a 30-0 lead after the first quarter.
“That’s the beauty of this offense – you have running backs all over the place,” said Bulldogs head coach Russ Stryker. “We have four really, really solid running backs. I think Austin Dias is the best running back in Kingman, and then a close second is Malakai Bell and Gavin Randall. They’re both really good and then you throw Joey Drumright in as a fullback-type (runner) and it makes for a pretty sound attack.”
Dias proved Stryker’s words to be true with three rushing touchdowns, while Randall added 102 yards and a score. Bell rushed for a touchdown and also returned a punt for six points, while Drumright and Charles Williamson each reached the end zone.
“It was nice getting to experience that with the kids,” Stryker said of the win. “We have a good thing going right now. It’s a good follow-up to a good summer and I’m looking forward to a good season this year.”
The Bulldogs also found success defensively, led by Powers Corbin’s four solo tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
“Powers got after it (Friday) night,” Stryker said. “He had a good game.”
As did a number of other Bulldogs, including Julian Magana and Richard Garcia, who each recovered a fumble. Dias rounded out the top defensive performers with three solo tackles, a sack and an interception returned for 20 yards.
“They played Pinon last year, so they kind of knew to expect,” Stryker said. “We wanted to get a lot of good quality reps. We played really efficiently for the first quarter and a half. Then for half of the second quarter we played our 2s and gave Pinon the ball in the second half and played mostly JV kids.”
Kingman (1-0) is back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when it travels to face Sedona Red Rock.
St. Johns 41, Academy 0
At St. Johns, it was a rough start to the 2019 season for the Tigers as they couldn’t muster any offense in a 41-0 setback on the road.
Academy (0-1) is idle this week and will return to the field Friday, Sept. 6 against Parker (1-0) at Southside Park.