Havasu Digs Deep for 36th Victory

Kalli Herrmann, Reporter

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Mohave Thunderbirds and Lake Havasu Knights have been going head-to-head as football rivals for 49 years in the annual game known as Golden Shovel. These games have become a popular event for students, teachers and parents from both schools.

Coach Karl Thompson has coached 18 of these games. “The Golden Shovel game is more important than others because of the ongoing rivalry with Mohave. Plus, it’s the only consistent game of the season,” said Thompson. This school year celebrates the 50th anniversary of LHHS and the Golden Shovel games.

The 2017 varsity football team takes a photo with the golden shovel after winning the 49th annual game.

The tradition began in 1969 and has continued ever since. The location of these games switches each year between Bullhead and Lake Havasu City. Every year, the winner of the two teams takes home the historical Golden Shovel to showcase their victory.

The actual Golden Shovel was used to break ground in both Mohave High School and Lake Havasu High School, which creates a historical tie and makes the shovel an important item. As of the last school year, the Knights are in possession of the shovel and have maintained their lead of 35 to 14 victories. The boy’s varsity football hopes to keep their winning streak of five for this monumental 50th game.