YUMA — The Fighting Knights scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, to grab the road victory over the Kings.
Lake Havasu defeated Yuma Kofa, 31-17, Friday.
“Kofa came out strong tonight and we had to make some adjustments at the half,” said LHHS head coach Karl Thompson. “Our guys are learning to keep their composure, to stay focused and to finish.”
It was the Knights taking the early lead when, after being forced to punt following the first offensive series, Havasu got the back when the punt touched a Kofa blocker’s leg. Starting from the Kofa 10-yard-line, it only took two plays before Havasu found the end zone, an Austin Stefick 6-yard scoring run.
Three minutes later the Kings tied the game on a Kwame Blevins reception.
It stayed tied until the final 10 seconds of the first half. Kofa intercepted Garrett Linnenkamp’s pass and, with five seconds on the clock, kicked a 47-yard field goal to make it 10-7 Kings.
Kofa got the second half kick off and, on the first play from scrimmage, ran it 60-yards in for another score and to make it Kofa 17-7.
But that was all the Kings would get, thanks n big part to Mitchell Kloewer and Dylan Morgan.
Kloewer intercepted Kofa’s Michael Torres three times and Morgan ran for over 100 yards and scored twice in the second half.
Havasu’s first score of the third quarter, however, came off the foot of Andre Altamirano, who connected for a 19-yard field goal.
The teams then traded punts and Morgan got his first score of the night on the next series, running it in from 10-yards out and tying the game.
In the fourth quarter, Morgan scored again, this time running it in from 57-yards out. And after Kloewer’s second pick of the half, Linnenkamp ran it in from 2-yards out on a quarterback keeper.
Kloewer then solidified the win by intercepting Torres in the final minute and allowing Havasu to run out the clock.
Morgan finished with an unofficial count of 153-yards rushing with two touchdowns and Stefick rushed for 138-yards and one score.
“They both did a great job but they can’t do it without the overall scheme. And in that second half our offensive line took control and opened holes for them,” said Thompson.
“Overall, Our guys did good tonight,” he continued. “We starting to evolve into the football team we want to be.”
Lake Havasu (3-4) travels to Bullhead City next week to face Mohave (2-6) in the annual Golden Shovel rivalry game.