Local football teams look to reach .500
KINGMAN – Kingman and Kingman Academy will play at home while Lee Williams will travel to Shadow Mountain as the seven-game, pandemic-shortened high school football season reaches the midway point on Friday, Oct. 23.
Each of the three local schools are 1-2 on the campaign, with Kingman Academy coming off its first win of the season, and Lee Williams and Kingman battling two-game losing streaks.
Kingman Academy returns home to Southside Park in Kingman to face winless Trivium Prep after beating Tonopah Valley High School 12-8 on Oct. 16.
Trivium Prep is 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the 2A Agua Fria Conference. The Crimson Knights have been outscored by an average of 39-16 this year.
Academy is 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the Agua Fria Conference. The losses came against 3A programs Kingman and River Valley.
The same two teams that beat Academy this year will square off at Kingman High School. The Bulldogs edged Academy 16-10 on Oct. 2, while River Valley (2-1) logged a lopsided 56-0 win over the Tigers on Oct. 9.
Kingman held its own last week against Dysart, falling 58-38 on a pair of late touchdowns. Their ground-oriented attack is led by a host of backs including Nick Williams-Garcia, Malakai Bell, Garrett Stryker and Rafael Rivera.
River Valley also features a run-oriented program led by junior running back Zach Hammett, who scored five touchdowns against Kingman Academy.
Lee Williams will play its only non-conference game of the season, traveling to Phoenix to play Shadown Mountain.
The Volunteers opened the season with a convincing 31-15 win over Prescott, before losing at home 28-21 to Coconino and on the road 51-28 against Bradshaw Mountain.
Shadow Mountain is also 1-2. The Matadors are coming off a 13-8 loss at Washington High School on Oct. 16. Their defense is yielding just 14 ppg.
Each of tonight’s games kicks off at 7 p.m. Homecoming activities at Kingman High School begin at 6:30 p.m.