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8/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
Scrimmage a starting point for Vols
Young LWHS team struggles in varsity debut
LWHS’s Chase Commins collides with a Wickenburg defender in Thursday’s scrimmage.
LWHS’s Chase Commins collides with a Wickenburg defender in Thursday’s scrimmage.

Matt Hollinshead
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Stopping the run. Questionable pass coverage, at times. Minimal offensive production.

Those are things the Lee Williams High School football team will address, following their first varsity scrimmage against Wickenburg at home this past Thursday. Being a team of freshmen and sophomores, the Volunteers have a long road ahead of them. Are they worried about it? Not at all. Looking at the bigger picture, far from it.

"They realized, 'We can play with these kids to a point.' I was proud of their effort, standing up for themselves," LWHS head coach Eugene Kramer said. "We didn't back down, that's No. 1. No. 2 is the fact we've got some younger kids that performed. They've got to stay together as a family, keep that chain tight."

It'll be a work in progress, no question. Their current areas of weakness can change for the better. And even though they may have only had a three-yard spurt here, four or five yards there, they were unable to connect on any high-momentum type plays - such as a 20-yard run through the gap or go beyond a slot reception.

They know short-yardage plays won't get the job done in the long run. They're aware that defending the ground attack will take time.

Think about it, your typical varsity-level defense is a whole different animal. They're bigger and more experienced. On the other side of the ball, difficultly forcing your way past a bigger, more experienced offensive line can result in allowing 100-plus yard rushing performances.

When you're dealt those cards, you have to decide how to play them and make amends for past struggles. Lee Williams' approach will be team unity. Physically, they know their limits. That's why a collective effort will be the difference.

The competition will only get tougher as the season goes on. That's why they wanted to use Thursday's game to start building confidence.

"All we can do is get better. That's the biggest part about it, is getting out, getting reps and just practicing with the team," Lee Williams sophomore quarterback Braxton Burgess said. "We're getting better every day. [We'll] just see what happens the rest of the season. I'm looking forward to it."

Lee Williams will look to build on their scrimmage when they travel to Parker High School for the season opener Friday.

"We've got to prepare our kids for that game. We have to get them mentally prepared," Kramer said.

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