Photo by Beau Bearden.
KINGMAN – The time is now for the Kingman Academy High School football team.
The Tigers open 2A Central Region action tonight at Southside Park against Camp Verde and head coach Dan Stroup knows it’s important to start off on the right foot.
“This is the statement game,” he said. “This is the one that you need to go out and play hard for the complete game – play our best game.
“Every week I challenge them, ‘This will be your best game of the ones you’ve already played.’ Then that ensures we’re moving upward and not taking a step backwards on anything.”
The Academy (1-2) defeated the Cowboys 34-6 last year, but Stroup mentioned it was Jerome Rhoades’ first game as head coach.
Rhoades has more experience under his belt and a talented quarterback to lead the team.
“Payton Sarkesian has a nice arm and all that,” Stroup said. “He gets the ball out quick. We’ve been preparing for him. It’s going to be quick passing and he won’t hold on to the ball very long.”
While the Cowboys (1-2) will no doubt turn to the passing game, Stroup mentioned they run the ball two-thirds of the time.
The Tigers will have to stop more than just one runner, as Camp Verde’s Ryan Loza has rushed for 197 yards and Dominiq Bruno has racked up 153 yards.
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