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Havasu football looks to stay hot under the dome

August 25, 2018 GMT

Today, the Lake Havasu football team looks to begin a winning streak as it makes the trek up to Flagstaff for its traditional game at the Northern Arizona University’s Walkup Skydome. The Knights are set to face Yuma Cibola at 4 p.m. today.

Like the annual Golden Shovel game against Mohave, playing at NAU is one of those games the Knights have circled on their schedule every year. This is the fourth straight year Havasu will play at the Skydome.

“Getting to play in that atmosphere is a really fun environment,” Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson said about playing at NAU. “We’ve been lucky enough for Flagstaff to have us there several times. We try to do it every year we can because being in the dome, in a college town and at the college, the kids get that college experience. It’s just a fun venue for them to play at.”

Just like Lee Williams — which Havasu beat 34-14 last Friday in Kingman — this year is the first time since 2015 the Knights will face Cibola. The last time the two teams met, Havasu beat the Raiders 22-7 in Yuma for its third straight win to start the 2015 season.

Going into today’s game, Cibola is 0-1 overall after a 29-18 loss to Imperial High School last Friday in California. The Raiders were leading that game 12-0 going into halftime, but a 22-point fourth quarter from the Tigers sent Cibola home a loser.

The Raiders are the only team on the Knights schedule this season not in or below the 4A conference. Cibola plays out of the 6A conference in the Desert Southwest region as it has the largest enrollment in Yuma.

Despite Cibola’s second-half dud in its first game, Havasu knows from experience to not second-guess the Raiders. The Knights are 4-5 all-time against the Yuma school.

“Cibola is always a very good team and coach (Lucky) Arvizo always has his guys ready,” Thompson said. “We know they will be a very physical team. So it will be a good measure where we stand moving on into the rest of our season, going up against an opponent like them. That’s why we wanted them on the schedule.”