Havasu football’s offense stagnant in 44-0 loss to Glendale Cactus
The Lake Havasu football team struggled to finds its stride offensively in its 44-0 loss to West Valley regional opponent Glendale Cactus on Friday.
It was the third time in the last four games the Knights have been shutout.
“The defense was on the field way too much,” Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson said. “We just couldn’t move the ball on offense. There was no offense, not (on Friday).
“Cactus was as big and fast as we thought. We put together some things here and there, but we didn’t get many first downs. It was hard going three-and-out a lot and the defense was just left out to dry on the field.”
Havasu was down 8-0 with 1:30 left to go in the first half.
Thompson said the Knights had a chance at an interception but couldn’t come down with it.
After that, the Cobras scored again to go up by two touchdowns going into the second half.
In the last seven minutes of the game, Thompson said Cactus added three more touchdowns to put distance between them and the Knights.
“They just put their foot on the gas,” Thompson said about Cactus’ second-half effort.
“They wanted to put some stats and some points up to separate the game. They beat us with a couple of deep balls.
“We got a little banged up again and we were already bang ed up going into the game.”
Havasu only crossed the 50-yard line into Cactus territory once in the game, off a kickoff return by Jayden Azar.
The Knights went into Glendale to face a Cactus team ranked No. 9 out 47 teams in the 4A conference.
It was the first of a three-game gauntlet for the Knights to close out the season, in which all three of those opponents are currently ranked in the top third of 4A.
Next up is Peoria which is 7-1 overall and 1-1 in West Valley play.
The Panthers are ranked No. 12 in 4A and beat Glendale Deer Valley 41-3 on Friday.
The match up between Havasu and Peoria is at 7 p.m. on Friday. It will be the Knights last home game of the season, which means it will also be senior night.
With the loss, Havasu is now 4-4 overall, 1-1 in West Valley and entered Friday ranked No. 26 in 4A.