The lack of intensity during practices before the Homecoming game against the Great Bend Panthers was a frustrating situation for the Dodge City Red Demons coaching staff.
It wasn't just in the 24-7 loss to the Panthers that the coaches were upset about, but the number of injuries the Red Demons sustained during the course of the game.
Now the Red Demons (3-2, 1-1), still with a chance of winning at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title, travel to Hays for a matchup against the Indians at Lewis Field on the Fort Hays State University campus.
"Due to injuries sustained over the past few weeks, we have been forced to change our practice style to reduce the amount of contact," Foster said. "We have had a good week of practice and definitely a step up from last week."
The Indians (4-1, 2-0) had no trouble in their home game last week against Wichita South. The score was 55-12, but the Indians scored all their points in the first half and took the foot off the throttle against the Titans.
Quarterback Alex Delton threw four touchdowns against Wichita South last week. Seven different Indians caught passes and Hays' head coach Ryan Cornelson started to take players off the field to keep them from getting injured as the rout continued.
Dodge City didn't have that option last week in their 24-7 loss to Great Bend and a number of players won't play in the road contest.
Linebacker Austin Savage is out with a bone bruise and lineman Chris Brownback injured his knee and will not play. Running back Parker Davis is still injured, while Jordan Doan and Rashaan Taylor haven't been practice in contact drills due to injuries.
"It doesn't look good for several of the Demons headed into this week," Foster said. "Davis and Doan will be game-time decisions (for playing in the game)."
Foster said the injuries still aren't an excuse for the way the Demons performed against Great Bend.
The only touchdown scored for Dodge City was a 76-yard pass from Kelan Newton to Dakota Duckett. Dodge City was in the red zone only once (ended in a blocked field goal attempt), turned the ball over twice and Newton was sacked five times. A lot of passes were dropped that also stopped drives.
"The issues lies in consistent execution," Foster said.
DIRECTIONS TO FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY: Turn left at U.S. 183 Bypass when you reach Hays; turn right on Gustad Drive; continue on S. Campus Drive.