Not many things went right for the Dodge City Conquistadors in their season opening football game Saturday night at Memorial Stadium against the Butler Grizzlies.

Not many things went right for the Dodge City Conquistadors in their season opening football game Saturday night at Memorial Stadium against the Butler Grizzlies.
And when things did go right for the Conqs, it was only for a short moment as the NJCAA No. 2-ranked Grizzlies immediately made a big play of their own on the way to a 72-12 thrashing of Dodge City in the first game of the 2012 campaign for both teams.
Dodge City head coach Don Majeski chalked it up to a young team with most of the Conqs playing their first game at the collegiate level against one of the storied junior college programs.
"They went in and they found out the college speed is a lot different than high school speed," Majeski said. "Sometimes I think they were trying to hard. We're going to be a good team and we're going to improve. We learned a lot of lessons from a lot of people today. We have some kids who were ready to play and we had some kids who were maybe a little too anxious to play."
The Conqs interchanged quarterbacks throughout the night, but neither one of them was completely effective. Starting quarterback Logan Singhisen completed 20 of his 35 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions, while back-up Jason Stewart went 8-of-17 for 62 yards and one interception.
Two of the interceptions were returned for Grizzly touchdowns and Butler recorded six sacks of the Dodge City quarterbacks.
Dodge City also couldn't establish its running game against Butler, recording only eight yards on 27 carries.
The Conqs' defense gave up 599 yards in total offense to the Grizzlies, with quarterback Brian Cosh completing 15 of his 19 passes in the first half. Cosh finished 20-of-27 for 315 yards and two touchdown passes, while running back Dreamius Smith scored three times for Butler in the win.
"They got worn down because we kept putting them in (bad) situations," Majeski said. "We have got to do a better job of maintaining possession of the ball. We just need to do a better job of converting first down and doing a better job of getting more yardage on first down."
Another example of Dodge City allowing the big play were the two blocked extra point attempts after both of the Conqs' touchdowns, with one returned for two points for Butler.
One bright spot for Dodge City was receiver Ervin Swonger. Swonger turned a screen pass into a 69-yard touchdown in the first quarter and finished the game with nine receptions for 105 yards. Avonte Jones caught the other touchdown pass, a 14-yard strike from Singhisen late in the fourth quarter.
"Erwin Swonger is an excellent athlete and an excellent young man, and I am so excited to have him in our program," Majeski said. "He made a lot of the tough catches and the screen pass was probably his easiest. He made a couple of twists to get out of tackles and he also made a number of one-handed catches as well."
Other final scores from the conference include No. 10-ranked Hutchinson pounding No. 17-Coffeyville 58-26, Garden City beating Independence 56-49, and Fort Scott beating Highland 20-7.
Butler          21   7  28  16 — 72
Dodge City    6   0    0    6 — 12
B — Smith 24 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
D — Swonger 69 pass from Singhisen (kick blocked)
B — Blue 67 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
B — Saffold 38 interception return (Rawlings kick)
B — Smith 7 run (Rawlings kick)
B — Martinez 38 interception return (Rawlings kick)
B — Everett 1 run (Rawlings kick)
B — D. Thomas 23 pass from Cosh (Rawlings kick)
B — Harrison 1 run (Rawlings kick)
D — Jones 14 pass from Singhisen (kick blocked)
B — McGaha blocked PAT return
B — Suggs 74 run (Rawlings kick)
First downs — Butler 24, Dodge City 18.
Rushes-Yards — Butler 38-253, Dodge City 27-8.
Passing Yards — Butler 346, Dodge City 284.
Comp.-Att.-Int. — Butler 22-30-1, Dodge City 28-52-4.
Total plays-Yards — Butler 68-599, Dodge City 79-292.
Rushing — Butler, Smith 12-91, Suggs 6-87, Allen 6-34, D. Thomas 9-33, M. Thomas 2-7, Harrison 1-1, Everett 1-1, Cosh 1-(minus 1); Dodge City, Banner 9-28, Stewart 4-11, Misak 1-8, Walls 6-5, A. Jones 1-(minus 2), Singhisen 6-(minus 42).
Passing — Butler, Cosh 20-27-1-315, Harrison 2-3-0-31. Dodge City, Singhisen 20-35-3-222, Stewart 8-17-1-62.
Receiving — Butler, Blue 5-100, D. Thomas 4-89, Smith 4-71, Hallman 2-31, Clarke 2-17, Allen 1-18, Hurla 1-16, J. Jones 1-5, Fiels 1-2, Everett 1-(minus 3). Dodge City, Swong er 9-105, A. Jones 7-56, Walls 2-34, Bennett 2-24, Binford 2-15, Hendricks 2-11, Banner 2-8, Anderson 1-19, Patterson 1-12.