Lake Havasu football hosts Peoria for final home game of the season
After playing at half-strength the past couple of games, the Lake Havasu football is looking healthier as it attempts to bounce back from a 44-0 loss to Glendale Cactus last week when it hosts West Valley opponent Peoria today at 7 p.m. for the Knights last home game of the season and senior night.
“I’m not going to say we are at full-strength but we’re almost back to where we were in the middle of the year,” Lake Havasu coach Karl Thompson said. “But a couple of different guys got hurt. So the ones that were carrying us are now hurt and the ones that were hurt are back now.
“But the kids have done a good job at answering whatever we ask them to do each week. We’ve done everything we can at this point to get ready. We feel we have the personnel in the right spots to give us the best chance.”
Peoria will come to Havasu ranked 11th out of 47 teams in the 4A conference with a 7-1 overall record. The Panthers are 1-1 in the West Valley region after beating Glendale Deer Valley 41-3 last week for its first regional win.
The Panthers are similar to the Cactus team the Knights saw last week in that they are big and fast.
“They have some really big linemen that do well in their blocking schemes on both sides and they really have some team speed,” Thompson said. “We’re going to match that if we want to be in the game.
“It’s going to be tough because we have a lot of guys that are going to be playing both ways. But those guys have stuck with us and are will to take on that job. We’re excited and especially to be at home because we don’t have to go anywhere.”
Havasu will enter the matchup ranked 29th in 4A. Brace Spencer is expected to start at quarterback again and will have offensive weapons like Jacob Schafer back.
For the Knights to find some success, the offense is going to have to take some pressure off of the defense. Last week, Havasu’s defense played over 80 plays because of the offenses inability to move the ball.
This season, the Knights are undefeated at home. But according to Thompson, Havasu is not trying to win today to keep that streak alive but to win to stay true to the ‘1-0 mentality’ the Knights have approached each week with.
“That’s always the goal,” Thompson said. “We set our sights on different things but our task every week is to be 1-0. But we’ve also talked about how winning isn’t always at the end of the game. In the long run of things when you can show up, do your part and give it your best effort, sometimes that’s the 1-0 we are really looking for.”