Jacob Schafer scored three touchdowns, stacking big plays to lead the Lake Havasu football team to a 28-14 win over Phoenix Moon Valley in the Knights homecoming game on Friday.
This is Schafer’s second game this season with three touchdowns. The last came in Havasu’s first game of the season against Lee Williams.
To Schafer, though, he doesn’t care how many touchdowns he scores in a game. All that matters is if the Knights win.
“I’m just scoring for the team because we’re a family. If I get a touchdown, we all get a touchdown,” Schafer said. “I definitely could not have gotten any of those without the blockers. Those holes were open because of them.”
Schafer was responsible for the Havasu’s first three touchdowns and they all came in different ways.
The first one came early after Schafer put the Knights in Rockets territory with a 45-yard pass reception from quarterback Brace Spencer on the game’s first play. On the next play, Schafer ran a jet sweep for a 29-yard touchdown to put Havasu up 6-0 after the extra point by Jonathan Perez was no good.
Schafer struck again with 10 minutes left in the first half off 47-yard passing touchdown from Spencer to give Havasu a two-possession lead.
However, Moon Valley cut its deficit in half four minutes later, after a Spencer pass to Jace Taylor was intercepted and ran back for a 36-yard touchdown.
Havasu answered immediately, though, as Schafer scored again off a 95-yard kickoff return to give the Knights the breathing room they lost.
The Rockets would score again off a long passing play, but senior Jake Allen ensured a Knights victory in the beginning of the fourth quarter with a 51-yard rushing touchdown.
Although Havasu’s defense allowed a touchdown, it kept the pressure on Moon Valley and especially its quarterback. Players like Jorge Basulto and Nick Wolesky consistently heard their names called by the announcer for either a sack or a tackle. Because of them and others, it was rare the Rockets found themselves in Knights territory.
“I think that shows how much of a team we are,” Wolesky said. “How we can rally together when we need to contain a lead.”
“We had to come together as a group and work as one,” Basulto said. “I figured if we did that, we’d come out on top. We are not done either. We’ve put in all these hours and we grind. It pays off in the long run.”
Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson called the win, “a true team effort.”
“A lot of the guys do not realize the look that our scout team provides during our practices,” Thompson said. “You see a lot of the same guys in the paper, but a lot of these guys are unsung heroes. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to perform like we did. It was a great team win going into homecoming and it was an exciting atmosphere.”
Havasu is now 3-1 with the win and will look to continue the winning streak on Friday in a road game at 7 p.m. against Thunderbird (1-3).
Moon Valley 0 7 7 0 – 14
Lake Havasu 6 15 0 7 – 28
LH – Jacob Schafer 29 run (kick failed), 11:27
LH – Schafer 47 pass from Brace Spencer (Johnathan Perez kick), 10:06
MV – No. 9 36 interception return (Amer Kokic kick), 6:10
LH – Schafer 95 kick return (Perez run), 5:52
MV – Brayden Crotz-Williams 22 pass from Isaiah Southwick (Kokic kick), 4:06
LH – Jake Allen 51 run (Perez kick), 11:33