It would be a little unusual to say the seven turnovers the Dodge City Conquistadors gave to the Coffeyville Red Ravens wasn't the reason they lost in their Jayhawk Conference showdown Sunday at Memorial Stadium.
It was the ability to take advantage of the mishandling of the ball that gave the Red Ravens a 52-13 victory in a game that was postponed a day because of lightning in the Coffeyville area the night before.
The Conquistadors (0-7, 0-6) took advantage of two of six Coffeyville turnovers and actually led 13-7 after the opening quarter. However, Dodge City couldn't convert after the first stanza as the Ravens clamped down on defense.
The Ravens took advantage of five of the seven Dodge City turnovers for 35 points, six of them by one of four interceptions or two fumbles lost by Conqs' quarterback Logan Singhisen.
That wasn't the only reason why the Conqs lost. The Dodge City running game disappeared again; gaining only 40 yards on 26 carries. Singhisen was 26-of-47 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
The first Dodge City score came one play after a fumble recovery by defensive lineman Bruce Campbell. Singhisen threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Erwin Swonger for a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest.
The Ravens (6-2, 4-1) tied the game midway through the stanza when Coffeyville quarterback A.J. Derby recovered his own fumble and scored from a yard out. Coffeyville started the drive at the Dodge City 6 after a 71-yard interception return by Dernard Turner.
Dodge City regained the lead after Deontae Battle intercepted a Derby pass at the Ravens 29. Singhisen hit Larry Walls for a four-yard score, but the extra point was missed.
Coffeyville scored 28 points in the second quarter (14 off of turnovers) to take control of the game.
The first score came on an 80-yard drive that concluded with a 17-yard pass from Derby to Justice Berry to get the Ravens ahead 14-13. Coffeyville made the score 21-13 less than a minute later after the Ravens' Chaz Mack returned a Singhisen interception 40 yards.
Another Singhisen interception ended up being turned into a seven-yard run by Dagan Reed to make the score 35-13 by halftime.
Battle recorded his second interception of the game to give Dodge City a chance to get going in the second half, but Singhisen lost the ball after getting sacked at the Ravens 6. Derby threw his third touchdown pass against the Conqs on the ensuing drive, this time a 65-yard pass to Dominique Reed.
Derby added another touchdown in the third stanza, running the ball in from a yard out and the Ravens closed out their scoring with a 29-yard field goal by Tyler Bishop.
The Conqs' final road and Jayhawk Conference game will be next Saturday in their annual rivalry game at Garden City. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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