Havasu football looks to end slump as regional play opens
After a big 27-0 loss to Yuma Gila Ridge last week, the Lake Havasu football team is looking to bounce back as it opens up West Valley regional play today at 7 p.m. when the Knights host a Glendale Deer Valley team that has yet to win a game this season.
However, as the Skyhawks sit at 0-6 overall and 0-1 in West Valley play, Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson is not taking that record lightly.
“Don’t let the record fool you on how good they really are,” Thompson said. “They have some good athletes on both sides of the ball. They’ve also played some really good competition this year.”
On paper, Deer Valley looks like it should have won a couple of games already this year. The Skyhawks have rushed for 706-yards and thrown for 617-yards. On the runs and pass combined, Deer Valley has scored a total of 12 touchdowns with at least one in every game.
Deer Valley’s defense, though, has given up at least 200 all-purpose yards in every game this season. The most yards the Skyhawks allowed was 592 to Prescott on Sept. 7 in which the Badgers hammered Deer Valley for a 56-7 loss. The Skyhawks have also allowed at least three touchdowns in every game so far.
Despite their ability to score but give up a lot of yards, the Skyhawks woes can be blamed on a a similar predicament the Knights (3-3 overall, 0-0 West Valley) are in right now. Both teams have the injury bug.
Right now, Havasu is down 18 players it started with at the beginning of the season. That is half of the 37-man roster the Knights have posted on maxpreps.com
Sophomore Cole Fuller — who earned his first full varsity start last week — is expected to get the start at quarterback again so the Knights can utilize Brace Spencer — who started at quarterback in the Knights first five games — at the wideout position.
Fuller, who threw for 172-yards and 14 completions — including five interceptions — last week will look to shake the Knights scoring slump as Havasu has not found the end zone in the past two games.
Havasu is also expected to get senior Hayden Lintz back, who was missed last week. But playmakers like Jacob Schafer and Johnathan Perez are going to be game-time decisions. Along with Jordan Arellano who is missed as a receiver.
When all the dust settles, the one thing Thompson said his team is going to worry about before and after today’s game is what the Knights are doing. According to Thompson, that is the only way Havasu can control its own destiny.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the Knights handle Deer Valley and the following week as fall break arrives for the students. Because as Thompson put it, “school might stop for a bit but that does not mean football does.”
“Our guys are ready. We have a good game plan going into this week,” Thompson said. “At this point, we are 0-0 in the region and our goal now is to shoot for a winning record in our region. But we can’t look that far ahead until we look at game one. That’s where we’re at (with Deer Valley).
“It just comes down to us showing up and playing all four quarters and I think the boys are really excited to be at home after coming off a little bit of a road skid.”