Havasu football working out kinks during bye week

September 7, 2018

Lake Havasu football doesn’t have an opponent this week, but it’s not taking that time off.

The Knights are focusing on fixing some of the mistakes they’ve made while getting off to a 2-1 start to the season as they prepare to host Phoenix Moon Valley for homecoming next Friday.

“We’re spending this week getting back to some basics,” Havasu coach Karl Thompson said.

“We’re shoring up a couple things. We’ve got some new installs. We’re getting in two weeks ready for Moon Valley.

“The biggest thing is making sure we’re staying eligible and getting ourselves healthy, because from this point on it’s going to be a grind. We’re enjoying that a little bit.”

When the Havasu offense has been humming, it’s put up big numbers this season. The Knights have the top two receivers in Division 4A through three games, with Jace Taylor hauling in a state-best 257 receiving yards and Jacob Schafer 241 yards and three touchdowns. Brace Spencer is fourth in the division with 587 passing yards and five touchdowns to no interceptions and Jake Allen is 13th with 289 rushing yards.

Jorge Basulto is the division’s leader with 24 solo tackles and is eighth in total tackles with 30.

“We had three good practices this week,” Thompson said. “We got to spend a lot of attention to little things. Especially without having an opponent this week to prep for, we can go back and do a little self-evaluation from film. Things that we did good we kept building on. Things that we weren’t, that’s what we worked on fixing.”

“We were grinding all week,” Peyton Luzzi said.

“We just need to work on coming out hard in the first half, because we’ve picked it up in the second half. The first half we need to start off strong and keep it that way.

“Throughout practice we’re trying to have a good intensity the whole way to keep that rhythm through the game.”

Overall, the team is excited with the start to the season and is looking forward to the push into regional play.

“We’re starting off great,” Johnathan Perez said. “We’ve got some adjustments to make but it’s coming out great so far. We’re putting in the work, everybody’s coming through. We just need to fix the little mistakes we have and we’ll be set.”

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