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Thunderbird blanks Knights, 18-0

September 23, 2018

While the Lake Havasu team lost on the to Phoenix Thunderbird 18-0, Knights coach Karl Thompson was more than pleased with what he saw from his team on Friday night.

“It was kind of like the Rocky movie,” Thompson said. “We got beat, but we never gave up. There were a lot of guys that step up into new roles and executed. We were in it the whole way but just fell a bit short.”

Havasu (3-2 overall) kept a Chiefs team that scored 46 points last week against Peoria relatively stagnant throughout the game. The Knights, however, just could not find their way to the end zone and made things harder on themselves after giving up two safeties to start the first half.

Thunderbird managed to score right before the first half ended on a reverse play to catch Havasu off-guard.

The Knights defense stepped up in the second half to keep the Chiefs scoreless for the majority of the second half.

Though, down 11-0 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Havasu turned the ball over on a punt return after the ball touched a Knight, got loose and was recovered by Thunderbird. The Chiefs then pulled the same trickery as in the first half, running a reverse to score another touchdown and seal the win.

Thompson said had Havasu fell on the sketchy punt, it would have been on Thunderbirds 40-yard line with four minutes left to play and plenty of time to score.

“It was just one of those situations where our guy was in the wrong situation and their guy was in the right one,” Thompson said.

“Although it did not turn out the way we wanted. We did a lot of things right (on Friday). We talked all week about maintaining our bond. I think the team saw as long as they stay on that path, we’ll play a good game.”

The Knights will head to Yuma to face Gila Ridge (1-0 Southwest, 3-2 overall) this week. The Hawks beat crosstown rival Yuma High 43-14 on Friday.

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