Quarterback Joshua Floyd overcame a rough start to lead the Dodge City Law offense for the second straight game to help lead his team record a 57-47 victory Saturday over the Bloomington Edge at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
Floyd was sacked twice on the Law's first three offensive plays of the game, but came back with three touchdown passes and four rushing scores as he continues to dominate on the field for their second straight win.
It was Floyd's first full week at the helm of the offense and he said he felt a lot more comfortable leading the squad and that came with a strong bond of team chemistry.
"Practice was real good and we came together as an offense and what (Law head) Coach (Sean) Ponder wants," Floyd said. "There was a little bit of problems on the first drive, but then we started to get going. We just wanted to make sure that we didn't want to beat ourselves (and) once we got started, the offense really took off."
The quarterback finished 15-of-23 for 188 yards and one interception to go with his touchdown tosses, and ran for 65 yards in he game. The Law finished with a season-high 308 yards of offense against an Edge squad that had given up the least amount of yardage so far this season.
The defense again bent but didn't break in the red zone against the Edge offense. The Law gave up 226 yards in offense, but again was able to clamp down when it needed to stop any chance for Bloomington to record the win.
"We just take pride in it and it's something we think is a testament to this team," said defensive lineman Jarret Billbrey. "When they get down there (in the red zone) and they don't get anything, we definitely put pride in that. We get a push on their offensive line and we know that we have to play our best to make sure we make the play when they are down there."
Jacorey Quarterman moved from linebacker to defensive lineman for the game and led the Dodge City defense with seven tackles, while Billbrey added six tackles in the win.
Quarterback Charles Dowdell completed 19-of-27 passes for 180 yards and four scores for the Edge (0-4).
The Law traveled by bus for more than 750 miles and 12 hours to get to the game and Ponder was pleased with the way the team battled despite the long road trip.
"That was a huge win for us after traveling so far," Ponder said. "Our offense kept rolling and our defe. We talked to our guys about going overcoming a. When they went ahead, it flipped the switch for us because we were able to move the ball and make some moves.
"This game was a chess match and we were able to make the plays and come out with the 'W'."
The Law were still in negative yards after seven plays before Floyd found Garrett Tidwell for a 30-yard strike. The play set up a 23-yard field goal by Alex Fambrough to give Dodge City a 3-0 lead that lasted through the end of the opening quarter.
The Law struck again early in the second quarter when Floyd found Brandon Venson for a 15-yard touchdown pass to increase the score to 9-0. Floyd then engineered another scoring drive on the Law's next possession, scoring from a yard away to increase the lead to 16-0 with 5:46 left in the first half.
The Edge quickly got on the scoreboard after LaVaugh Macon returned the kickoff to the Dodge City 18. Dowdell found Marcus Lewis for a 13-yard score to cut the margin to 16-7.
Bloomington took advantage of a Floyd interception to cut the deficit to two on a 7-yard run by Macon; but the quarterback answered back with a quick scoring drive, finding Maurice Young on a 13-yard pass to make the score 23-14 with 29 seconds before halftime.
The Law had a chance to shut down the Edge on their final drive before intermission, but a defensive personal foul allowed Bloomington to score a 22-yard field goal to make the score 23-17 at halftime.
The Edge scored two points to open the second quarter when Fambrough's third-quarter opening kick hit a Bloomington up-back and the Dodge City kicker recovered the ball in the end zone. The hosts then got a scoring drive with Dowdell hitting Lewis for a 15-yard score to take a 26-23 lead just over three minutes into the stanza.
The Law deficit was short-lived when Floyd threaded the needle for a 22-yard touchdown pass to Young on the next drive to their team back ahead by four. After the Law defense didn't allow the Edge to score on their next drive, Floyd was able to engineer another scoring drive with his run from two yards out to make the score 37-26.
The two teams traded touchdowns — one-yard runs by Andre Raymond for the Edge and Floyd for the Law — before Bloomington cut the deficit down to 44-41 on a 22-yard pass by Dowdell to Macon and a two-point conversion by Raymond.
The Law took control of the game with a 7-yard scoring run by Floyd and D.D. Holyfield on a 5-yard run after Dodge City recovered the fumble on the kickoff after Floyd's score.
Bloomington was able to get a final score on a 15-yard pass from Dowdell to De'Andre Eagle. The two-point conversion pass failed to close out the game.
The Law return to action next Saturday when they hit the road again for a rematch with the Salina Bombers at the Bicentennial Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. It will be the first game for the Bombers since losing to the Law on a last-second field goal at United Wireless Arena on March 29.
LAW 57, EDGE 47
Dodge City 3 20 14 20 — 57
Bloomington 0 17 9 21 — 47
DC — FG Fambrough 23
DC — Venson 15 pass from Floyd (kick failed)
DC — Floyd 1 run (Fambrough kick)
B — Lewis 13 pass from Dowdell (Browghton kick)
B — Macon 7 run (Browghton kick)
DC — Young 13 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
B — FG Browghton 22
B — Safety, Fambrough tackled in end zone
B — Lewis 15 pass from Dowdell (Browghton kick)
DC — Young 22 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
DC — Floyd 2 run (Fambrough kick)
B — Raymond 1 run (Browghton kick)
DC — Floyd 1 run (Fambrough kick)
B — Macon 22 pass from Dowdell (Raymond run)
DC — Floyd 7 run (kick failed)
DC — Holyfield 5 run (Fambrough kick)
B — Eagle 15 pass from Dowdell (pass failed)
RUSHING — Dodge City, Floyd 13-65, Holyfield 14-43, Carson 8-27; Bloomington, Raymond, 11-44, Dowdell 2-8, Macon 1-7.
PASSING — Dodge City, Floyd 15-23-1-188; Dowdell 19-27-0-180.
RECEIVING — Dodge City, Young 6-79, Tidwell 4-65, Venson 4-39, Holyfield 1-5; Bloomington, Lewis 7-73, Eagle 4-43, Macon 4-42, Raymond 3-13, Garcia 1-9.