Right now is a good time to regain your swagger as a football team.

Dodge City has done just that with a convincing 49-22 victory over visiting Maize on Senior Night.


Right now is a good time to regain your swagger as a football team.
     Dodge City has done just that with a convincing 49-22 victory over visiting Maize on Senior Night.
     Coupled with a Garden City victory, the Demons are secured a spot in the 6A playoffs and will face-off with the Buffaloes next week for not only the coveted "Hatchet," but for the right to call themselves district champions and host a first round game.
     DCHS jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a touchdown pass from Taylor Murphy and a short scoring plunge from Parker Davis, one of his three rushing touchdowns on the night.
     For a defense that has been suspect throughout the middle portion of the season, they have been nothing short of dominant during these past two wins for Dodge.
     The Demons did not allow a first down to the Eagles throughout the entire first half while cushioning their lead.
     Maize just couldn't matchup with the Demon offense, allowing chunks of yardage, as DCHS average just under six yards per play for the ballgame.
     As a unit, the Demons outgained Maize 426-274 and ran 16 more offensive plays than the Eagles.
     Dodge was actually led by Damien Salem, who rushed the ball seven times for 111 yards and one long scoring run in which he broke several tackles while tip-toeing the sidelines.
     Not far behind Salem was the starter Davis, who finished with 19 carries for 103 yards and the three scores, all coming from close distance.
     Through the air, Murphy was 17-of-22 for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including a second half toss to Trey Hallman.
     Leading the team in receiving was Jordan Doan, who hauled in six catches for 45 yards, while Hallman had five grabs for 45 yards and the touchdown.
     For Demon head coach Dave Foster, this win would prove to be a very proud one for a coach who has watched him team bounce back from three tough losses.
     "I was proud of our kids in terms of how they approached the game, business-like through the course of the week, then roll the ball out and perform," Foster said. "They knew what was at stake, but in reality it's one snap at a tiime. You don't worry about tomorrow or what happened five snaps ago."
     Next week will feature two squads with a rich history of distaste for one another, as they play in what has been known as the "Hatchet game."
     Not only will these two sides square up for that meeting to determine the winner of the hatchet, but district champion bragging rights will be on the line, a scenario that will make for one memorable game.
     "The game is very important to these two communities," Foster said. "It's very important to the players and coaches. I think it's because we're two islands down here in southwest Kansas. This is tradition, and as a graduating senior, you want your graduating year to be etched on it."
     As for now, the Demons can celebrate another dominating victory and a spot in the playoffs, but now the focus must shift to an opponent looking for the knockout next week in Garden.
     Better start working on that uppercut.