Dust Devils visit Lee Williams in quest of first win
MOHAVE VALLEY — The River Valley High School Dust Devils will be seeking their first win of the season when they play at 7 tonight at Lee Williams High School against the Volunteers.
River Valley lost 34-12 at Needles High School on Aug. 17 and fell 20-7 to the rival T-birds of Mohave High School on Aug. 24.
Dust Devils first-year head coach Jonathan Clark, who is seeking his first head coaching victory, expects the Volunteers to be better than their 0-2 record.
“I think they throw the ball well,” Clark said.
The Volunteers feature two big receivers, 6-foot-2 senior Cody Ferrin and 6-4 junior Andrew Herrera, “that go up and get the ball,” he said.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region Volunteers lost 22-20 to Buckeye High School on Aug. 24, and 34-14 to the Lake Havasu High School Knights at Lee Williams on Aug. 17.
“They are 0-2, but I’m gonna go out on limb and say both teams that beat them, Havasu and Buckeye, are playoff teams in 4A,” Clark said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to improve and compete for a win.”
The Dust Devils’ defense was on the field for more than 17 minutes during the 24-minute first half, yet River Valley surrendered just 20 points against the T-birds last week.
“I feel the boys competed,” Clark said. “The defense played lights out, we were in the backfield quite often. ...”
The Dust Devils will be up against a few impressive linemen at Lee Williams.
“Size-wise, I feel like we match up,” Clark said. “But they have two big D-lineman.”
Twins Michael Bathauer and Matt Bathauer will challenge RVHS “to run the ball for sure,” Clark said. “A key for us is to control the ball and be able to sustain drives this week. And not leave the ball in the red zone — missed opportunities.”
The Dust Devils came up empty twice from third-and-goal from the 1 early in the first quarter against Mohave.
“We should have run that in,” Dust Devils 5-6, 185-pound sophomore running back Richard Vega said. “As a team, we did better this last week. We’re getting better in practice and our O-line is working hard.”