Running back Parker Davis and quarterback Kelan Newton was the "Energizers" for the Dodge City offense, but it wasn't enough as the Red Demons lost 54-51 to the Maize Eagles in a Class 6A-District 8 game at K.T. Woodman Stadium.
Davis scored six touchdowns -- including five rushing scores -- as he and the Red Demons never gave up, especially after the Eagles took a 17-point lead on a Hail Mary play at the end of the first half and a score after a Dodge City fumble early in the third quarter. However, he fumbled the ball twice deep in Maize territory, including one going through the end zone.
Newton was 35-of-56 for 383 yards and two touchdowns. The junior quarterback was able to find receivers in open areas so they could make plays for more yardage after the catch.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Demons over the Eagles and puts Dodge City in a must-win situation for its playoff life in their final regular season game of the season against Garden City in the Hatchet Game next Friday at Memorial Stadium.
The Red Demons took the opening drive down the field, but it stalled at the Maize 7. Dillon Burkhart put Dodge City on the board with a 24-yard field goal.
After the two teams traded quick drives after the initial scoring drive, the Eagles marched down the field 75 yards for a touchdown with a two-yard run by Chase White for a 7-3 Maize lead.
After Dodge City picked up only one first down on its next drive, the Eagles took only two plays to make the score 14-3 as Jordan Schultz ran the ball 79 yards on a trick play to score Maize quarterback Connor Lungwitz threw a short pass to Jordan Schultz, who then ran threw the Demons' secondary to complete an 80-yard touchdown.
The Demons (3-5, 0-2) got going on their next drive, but the drive ended at the Maize 7 on an incomplete pass on fourth down and 1.
Maize couldn't take advantage of getting the ball back and the Demons were able to take advantage of field position, starting their next drive at the Maize 42. Kelan Newton found Taylor Murphy for a 25-yard pass to the Maize 6 and Parker Davis scored on the next play to cut the deficit to 14-10.
The Eagles (5-3, 1-1) answered back with another scoring drive answered with a 40-yard touchdown run by White to make the score 21-10.
Dodge City got back on the board again as Newton was able to hit Davis with a 20-yard touchdown pass just before intermission and Dakota Duckett caught a pass from Murphy for a two-point conversion to make the score 21-18 with 15 seconds left before intermission.
It was just enough time as quarterback Connor Lungwitz hit a 37-yard pass to Schultz to complete a Hail Mary and put Maize ahead 28-18 at halftime.
The Demons stalled Maize on its first drive of the second half, but a fumble on the punt was recovered by the Eagles at the Dodge City 20. Maize was able to take advantage as White scored from 10 yards away to make the score 35-18.
Kick returner Trace Pike gave the Demons great field position on the ensuing kickoff, running all the way to the Maize 15. Davis knocked away two tacklers and scored on the next play to cut the deficit again to 10.
The Demons' defense stopped the Maize offense and were driving down the field midway through the third quarter, but the drive ended on a fumble that went through the end zone for a touchback, giving the ball to the Eagles.
Maize answered on a 40-yard pass from Lungwitz to Dean Bifield scored on. The two-point conversion failed with the Eagles leading 41-25.
Dodge City answered back quickly as Davis ran in for an eight-yard score with 2:50 left in the third stanza. The Demons' attempt to get a second two-point conversion fell short and trailed 41-31. The Demons drove down the field on its next drive and cut the deficit down to three with 10:05 remaining in regulation on a one-yard run by Davis.
The single-digit deficit would last less than a minute as Lungwitz and Bifield hooked up again for a 72-yard score to push Maize back up 48-38, but Davis continued to pound the ball into the end zone with his sixth touchdown of the game, this time from a yard out.
Maize was able to run the clock down on their next drive with White scoring on a 34-yard run to make the lead nine points after the Eagles failed again on a two-point conversion.
The Demons answered back with a scoring drive that took a minute and cut the score to three with Newton hitting Murphy with an 11-yard touchdown pass, but the onside kick bounced out of bounds before Dodge City could recover.
Hutchinson beat Garden City in the other District 8 game 56-14. Maize hosts Hutchinson in the other district game, so a win by Hutchinson over Maize and a nine-point Demons' victory over the Buffaloes would mean the Demons get the second spot.