Knights get second look at Vols
Prep football has finally returned to Lake Havasu.
While the Knights won’t play their first home game until Aug. 31 against Mohave for the annual Golden Shovel game, the season officially kicks off today when Havasu travels to Kingman to face Lee Williams at 7 p.m.
The Volunteers are coming off a losing season that saw them go 4-6 overall and 1-5 in Grand Canyon regional play out of the 4A conference. The record is almost identical to Havasu’s from last year.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson said about his teams first game. “It’s the first game for both (teams) and I think we’re both going to be very excited.
“I feel that we are prepared and have put as many people in the right spots as we can to give us the best chance to win. It’s really going to come down to who can minimize turnovers in the game and who can make the most opportunities to score.”
Today will be only the second time Havasu has seen Lee Williams. In their only other encounter, in 2015, the Knights trounced the Volunteers at home 49-0 for its fifth straight win to start the season.
Although it’s been a while, Havasu did get a glimpse of what Lee Williams has to offer during a four-team scrimmage in Prescott last week against Chino Valley, Lee Williams and Prescott.
“They got to see some of our top guys and we got to see some of their guys,” Thompson said. “We’ve exchanged game films from last year, we’ve seen each other in person this year and have film from the scrimmage. So there’s not a lot of secrets. I’m sure both (teams) have a couple of wrinkles we didn’t show. But that is why we play the game, to see what happens.”
The first of Havasu’s road games is one of the closer ones on the schedule in terms of travel. Also, the temperature will be a little cooler in Kingman as the high is expected to be 93 degrees and Thompson said he looks forward to that.
With the Volunteers close in proximity, the Knights would like to see more of them in seasons to come. Perhaps even develop a rivalry.
“Lee Williams is a little bit of a newer school and we haven’t played them in a couple of years. So it’s one of those local games that you hope we can start building a rivalry with like we have with Mohave.” Thompson said.
Whatever happens at the end of today’s game, the one certain thing is Havasu is happy to be back on the football field, grinding to earn a win.
“We’re really excited to get the season kicked off and actually play a real game,” Thompson said. “That’s why we put in all the time in the summer and preseason. To get here. So I think we’re all excited.”