Havasu football looks to stretch win streak in Phoenix
The Lake Havasu football team (3-1 overall) is back on the road for the third time this season to face Phoenix Thunderbird at 7 p.m. today. The Knights are coming off two home wins over three weeks with the Golden Shovel game over Mohave and their homecoming game against Phoenix Moon Valley.
“It’s going to be interesting being out on the road again, but it is something we are ready for and used to,” Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson said. “Getting those Golden Shovel and homecoming wins and feeling the community support led to a good week of practice.
“Getting ready for Thunderbird, we know going down to Phoenix is a whole different animal. All the teams from here on out are good competition. So we are just trying to make sure we are ready in all different aspects of the game.”
Today’s game marks the first time since 2006 Havasu has played the Chiefs. The Knights ended up losing that game 39-15 and are 3-5 all-time against Thunderbird.
This season, the Chiefs are 1-3 overall and are coming off a tough 49-46 loss to Havasu’s 4A West Valley regional opponent Peoria last Friday.
Through watching film on Thunderbird, Thompson said the Chiefs are a similar team to Moon Valley — which the Knights beat 28-14 last Friday — in that it is a team that likes to mix the run with the pass plays.
“It’s a lot of the same things we might see week-to-week but you never know,” Thompson said. “They might change their scheme a little bit. But they look like they have some good athletes and a little bit bigger of a line. They’re very similar to Moon Valley, so it will be another good match up and test for us.”
Despite coming off two-straight wins and anticipating a team today similar to the one they beat last week, Thompson said his team has been ‘pretty even keel’ in practices and how they approach each week.
It’s not surprising either since Havasu approaches each week with the one-game at a time mentality. However, it shows the Knights are able to stay level-headed regardless of how well, or how bad they did a week prior.
Havasu knows its schedule is only going to increase in difficulty until the regular season comes to an end and how it ends is in the Knights hands.
“When you only have a ten-week season, every game is important,” Thompson said. “That’s why we always talk about going 1-0 each week. There have been years where we will be 5-5 and make the playoffs and then others where we are 7-3 and didn’t. So every week is important.
“I think at different times we are coming together more as a team. We’re still figuring ourselves out with all of the different situations and things that a season tolls on you. But I think our kids are responding very well to the things that are happening. So we are exciting and hope that continues this week.”