The Dodge City High School Red Demons football team had a welcome win on the road Friday night, topping the Great Bend Panthers 47 to 13.
Prior to the game, coach Foster stressed the importance of mastering offensive details, mentioning the number of dropped passes in last week's game. He also mentioned the importance of slowing down the Panthers' run game.
Early in the first quarter the Panthers fumbled on a low snap. This allowed the Demons to recover and a hand-off to Middleton brought the ball close to the end zone. A pass to Unruh in the far corner made for the first touchdown of the game, bringing the score to 6 to 0.
Early in the second quarter, Middleton took the ball down to the 20. Burkhard made the kick, bringing the score to 9 to 0. The Panthers received the ball, taking it down to the 40 and eventually into the end zone for a touchdown, brining the score to 9 to 6. Once the Demons received, Middleton again took the ball down to the four and then into the end zone for a touchdown, brining the score to 16 to 6. The Panthers received the ball but soon fumbled, resulting in the Demons' possession. Wells, who scooped up the fumble, took the ball down to the 4, then Newton ran in for the touchdown, bringing the score to 23 to 6.
Once the Panthers received they took it down to the 6 yard line, running the ball in for a touchdown. The score was 23 to 13 in favor of the Demons.
Early in the third quarter, a high snap resulted in the Panthers' kicker being sacked at the 10 yard line. The Demons took over and Burkhard kicked the field goal, bringing the score to 26 to 13. Again on the Panthers’ punt they fumbled and this time were taken down at the 12. Once the Demons took over, Newton ran up the middle for a touchdown, bringing the score up to 33 to 13. The Panthers received but fumbled again and the Demons recovered at the 18. A pass off to Middleton resulted in another touchdown, turning the score to 40 to 13.
Early in the fourth quarter, Middleton took the ball down to the one yard line. Newton then took the ball in for the touchdown, bringing the score to 47 to 13. The Panthers tried to make something happen but it was too late and the clock wound down to the end of the quarter.
Overall, the Demons remained energetic throughout the game and kept momentum going in their favor, especially when taking advantage of the Panthers' mistakes. After the game, coach Foster commented on the impressive performance of the offensive line, especially noting Blaik Middleton's exceptional performance. He also commended the defense for standing their ground and said that overall the team came out and played as themselves Friday night.