By Lonnie Stevenson
Friday night, the Lake Havasu High School Knights varsity football team traveled to Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix and came out with a 34 to 6 win evening up their record at 1 and 1 on the year.
The Knights were led by senior quarterback Tyler Thompson who bounced back after being knocked out early in the third quarter of last week’s game and spent the first part of the week in concussion protocol.
Thompson threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, a nice 65-yard in the third quarter that put the Knights up 27-6.
Junior Gavin Briggs had a great game as well, scoring two touchdowns on the evening, the last being an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter that extended Havasu’s lead to the final score of 34-6.
Kaden Norlander, a junior running back got Havasu on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 17-yard pass from Thompson that put the Knights up 7-0. This was set up by junior defense back Justin Taylor’s first interception of the year.
After the game, coach Karl Thompson praised his team’s effort and was happy to be heading home with a win going into next week’s huge rivalry game against Mohave.
“Our boys responded well tonight correcting several mistakes from last week’s game,” Thompson said. “We tried some new things this week and put some players in some new positions and they did an overall great job.”
Thompson was looking forward to getting home and starting preparations for this coming Friday home game against the 3-0 Mohave Thunderbirds in the 52nd annual Golden Shovel Game.
“Regardless of records, this game always brings out the best effort from both teams and I know this year will be no different,” Thomspon said. “They’ve got a good team, are off to a great start this year and have several returns players that are eager to take the shovel back to Mohave.”
“But I know our boys will show up next week to practice and be ready to go to work as well.”
Havasu leads the overall series against Mohave 37-14 including the last nine straight games. Last year Havasu, went up to Anderson Field House and came home with a 28-14 win.
Game time on Sept. 8, is 7 p.m., at Lee Barnes Stadium.