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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Conquistadors fall 50-42 in bowl game

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  • SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It may be one thing to lose but an entirely different set of circumstances when you're beaten by less talented a team. That was the feeling of Gary Thomas, the first year coach at Dodge City Community College. After dropping a 50-42 decision to Scottsdale Community College in the 2013 Valley of the Sun Bowl, Thomas lamented he accepted defeat but not when his team was in a position to win. The feeling was exacerbated because Dodge City had two good chances early in the game. Despite giving up several big plays and overcoming two stops on fourth downs plays in the opening period, Dodge City (6-4) managed to strike into the lead early in the fourth period. That's when Tyreis Thomas ran into the end zone from a yard out and Dodge City had a 36-35 advantage with over 12 minutes left in the game. Yet, Scottsdale (10-1) roared back into the lead on the first play after the kickoff. Running back Za'Quan Summer, who finished with 179 yards on 16 carries, bolted over right guard on a quick opener for a 61-yard touchdown run and the lead Scottsdale did not relinquish. Afterwards, Coach Thomas indicated losing comes with the territory, but not under conditions he witnessed Saturday afternoon here in the desert. “I can accept losing but not from a team we should have beat,” he said. “I didn't expect them to score as much as they did and I was shocked they scored 50 points.” In a game which evolved as a chess match, Dodge City had a response for nearly every Scottsdale move. The biggest lead of the game was at the end and that's when Scottsdale held the advantage in what ended as a two-possession game. After holding Dodge City twice on fourth-down situations in the first period, Scottsdale struck first. That was a 64-yard pass play from quarterback Blake Decker to tight end Braedon Bowman with exactly one minute left in the opening period. From there, Dodge City responded when Thomas scored the first of four touchdown on the day on a 17-yard blast on the right side. With the two-point conversation, on a run from Keymonne Gabriel, that pushed Dodge City into an 8-7 lead early in the second period. Then, Scottsdale took command until Thomas' fourth score from 1-yard out with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game pushed Dodge City into a 36-35 lead. “I thought we had a good plan and studied them on film,” said Thomas, who finished with 255 yards on 38 carries. “The line did a great job and we put up enough points to win. Just fell a little short.” Overall, Dodge City managed 472 yards of total offense.To complement Thomas, quarterback Deondre Ford went 16-31, 217 yards and two interceptions. While he finished with those 255 yards on the ground, Thomas gained 179 on 24 carries in the first half. “Sure, it's disappointing,” lamented Coach Thomas. “It's disappointing because we didn't make enough big plays to win.”
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