T-birds, Knights dig in for Golden Shovel
BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave High School T-birds will play at 7 tonight at Lake Havasu High School against the Knights, as the rival schools will once again compete for the Golden Shovel.
The 1-0 overall Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region T-birds are coming off a 20-7 victory against rival River Valley High School on Aug. 24.
Senior running back Will Robinzine gained 117 yards on 24 carries with two TDs to lead the T-birds’ offense.
Senior quarterback Brent Moore gained 67 yards on nine carries with one TD, while completing his only pass attempt for 4 yards.
Junior cornerback Austin Foster recorded seven tackles, one unassisted, senior linebacker Julio Robles had seven tackles, three unassisted, and senior linebacker Martin Salazar contributed seven tackles, three unassisted, to lead Mohave’s defense.
Foster made a huge hustle play against River Valley.
Dust Devils junior Jeremy Stice recovered a fumble on the Mohave 45 and advanced it to the T-birds’ 10. Then Foster saved a sure touchdown by tackling Stice.
Mohave’s defense then stopped River Valley on fourth-and-goal at the 1.
“That saved the game for us,” T-birds head coach Rudy Olvera said. “It could have been a different outcome if he doesn’t hustle down that play.”
Lake Havasu (1-1) lost a tight one last week. The Knights fell 19-17 to the Cibola High School Raiders at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff on Aug. 24.
Lake Havasu junior quarterback Brace Spencer completed 10-of-20 passes for 172 yards.
Spencer’s main target was junior wide receiver Jace Taylor. Taylor caught seven passes for 118 yards.
“Havasu is once again blessed with team speed and they can hurt you off the edge or through the air,” Olvera said. “We have to contain that team speed to have a shot at bringing home the Shovel.”
Senior running back Johnathan Perez gained 68 yards on three carriers with one TD, and senior running back Jake Allen gained 60 yards on nine carries to lead the Knights’ offense.
Senior middle linebacker Peyton Luzzi amassed 12 tackles, seven unassisted, and senior linebacker Jorge Basulto compiled 11 tackles, eight unassisted, to lead the Knights’ defense.