Trailing 23-8 in the third quarter on the road, the Lake Havasu football team nearly pulled off a comeback against West Valley Region foe Deer Valley on Friday night in Glendale, falling 23-22.
The Knights (3-4, 0-1 West Valley) forced a stop on defense late in the fourth quarter to get the ball back and drove the length of the field.
Inside the Deer Valley 10-yard line, a high snap forced junior quarterback Cole Fuller to retreat and recover the ball. Once he gained possession, he made an ill-fated attempt to get rid of the ball, which resulted in an intentional grounding penalty, pushing the Knights out of field goal range.
A long pass into the end zone fell incomplete on the ensuing play, sealing the win for the Skyhawks (2-5, 1-1 West Valley).
“There was no letup in our guys tonight,” said head coach Karl Thompson. “They dug their heels in. We were just a couple of inches away, but the guys did a great job tonight.”
Lake Havasu, who was again without leading receiver senior Jace Taylor, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, spread the ball around on offense to move the up field.
“We had a lot of guys touch the ball tonight,” said Thompson. “It was all hands on deck for us. We just came up a little bit short.”
The Knights only suited up 27 players for Friday night’s game.
The loss was Lake Havasu’s first loss in four games away from Lee Barnes Stadium this season. The Knights have now lost three straight.
Lake Havasu returns home to face Cactus in a West Valley region showdown next Friday night.