A game met with loads of anticipation and excitement turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Lake Havasu football team dominated Mohave in the Golden Shovel Game 38-13.
The game was held at the brand-new Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in Bullhead City and featured a raucous crowd on both sides.
“We came out under control and executed,” said Lake Havasu head coach Karl Thompson. “Really exciting for the seniors and what a great venue to play in.”
However, Mohave’s crowd was silenced as the Knights (2-1) jumped out to 32-0 lead at halftime.
Junior quarterback finished the night with five touchdown passes, including three to senior wide receiver Jayden Azar.
Havasu was able to stifle Mohave’s ground-heavy attack in the first half and forced five turnovers on the night.
With the Knights leading 16-0 in the second quarter, Fuller connected with senior wide receiver Jace Taylor on an 85-yard touchdown pass. Taylor was heavily targeted by Fuller and made a number of highlight-reel plays.
He also made a leaping grab in the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown pass later in the half.
Just before halftime, a skirmish erupted near the Havasu sideline which resulted in a Mohave player being ejected.
The Thunderbirds (0-2) got on the board with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half, but was never able to make a game out of it.
Because of the layout of the fieldhouse with the stands on only one-side of the field, an interesting dynamic was created between the two rival crowds.
Rather than shout cheers and rants across the field at one another, they were hurled down the sideline to each other.
“It’s something different, but it’s great,” said Thompson. “What a great venue for Mohave County to have. It shows that our communities really care about athletics and you’re never wrong when you invest in your youth.”
The Knights now hold a 37-14 advantage all-time in the series and this year’s senior class did not suffer a loss in their careers against their biggest rivals.
Lake Havasu will have a bye week next Friday and will return to action on Sept. 20 with a road game against Moon Valley.