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Flagstaff Football Battled Lake Havasu In A Scrimmage Saturday, Now Will Wait Two Weeks To Open The Season

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The Flagstaff Eagles scrimmaged against the Lake Havasu Knights Saturday at Flagstaff High School. Both teams were supposed to open its seasons next Friday, but both won’t. Lake Havasu canceled its game with 5A Canyon View due to COVID contact tracing, while a scheduling issue postponed Flagstaff’s game against Peoria until October 15th. The Eagles will now open their season at home, in the Skydome, against the Washington Rams Friday, September 10th. Eagles head coach Sean Manning doesn’t mind the extra week of practice and rest. He says “we’ve been struggling like every other team in the state right now with kids that are sick, not necessarily COVID, but the sniffles and such but we’re dealing with that.” Manning adds, “we have some injuries and it gives us the extra week to get healthy.” In the scrimmage, Jake Weidinger and Nick Morrow each had a touchdown and the Eagles moved the ball well against Lake Havasu. Defensively, the Eagles looked good at times, controlling the Knights’ running game. Spencer Smith stood out, batting down balls and getting in the Knights’ backfield throughout the game. The Skydome won’t be empty on Friday as the Mesquite Wildcats will take on the Cactus Cobras, in rematch of last years 4A state championship game, Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Cactus will be back in Flagstaff the following week to take on Coconino at Cromer Stadium.