Kofa game called early, fall to Phoenix-Alhambra
Kofa football coach John Blabe remembers his time at Antelope eight years ago when a storm came through and picked up the Rams' baseball dugouts and blew them into the street.
Storms, he learned, were not to be messed with.
That's why when lightning came near Irv Pallack Field on Friday, he decided to call the game against Phoenix-Alhambra early in the fourth quarter, giving Kofa a 30-0 loss.
"Lightning hit a building at Cibola this week, I sure didn't want the same to happen to our field," said Blabe, referring to the damage done when lightning hit Cibola High School during a storm earlier this week.
For the second week in a row, the offense for Kofa (0-2) struggled to move the ball – getting shut out both games to start the season. Alhambra, which featured bruising, 5-foot-9, 235-pound sophomore running back Josue Baston, took advantage of a tired Kofa defense.
"We had trouble stopping (Baston)," Blabe said. "He's a tough kid."
The Lions only led 6-0 after the first quarter, but scored nine points in the second, seven in the third and eight in the fourth before the game was called. With the Kings' offense stalling, the defense simply ran out of gas.
"The first half we battled with them," Blabe said. "The defense played fairly well. We couldn't move the ball so the defense was on the field all night."
Kofa returns to action earlier in Week 3, when it will play Tucson-Desert View at 7 p.m. Thursday due to the observance of Yom Kippur.