The start of quarterback Joshua Floyd being the field leader for the Dodge City Law offense came last year after he was cut by the Texas Revolution, then a member of the Indoor Football League.
Floyd said the Revolution coaches said he didn't have the ability of being a quarterback when they cut him, which he admitted last year had given him some doubt before arriving in southwest Kansas.
The quarterback admits that there was a chip on his shoulder Saturday night when the Law faced the Revolution at United Wireless Arena. Floyd responded with two scoring drives in the final 1:27 to lead the Law to a 55-52 victory.
"In the back of my head, all I kept remembering was the owner basically telling me I couldn't play quarterback and get wins," Floyd said. "I knew where I wanted to be in this game and that was to come out and play hard. (The Revolution defense) tried to beat me up, but I kept telling them to come bring it.
"I knew what this game meant to me. I just wanted to keep going out there and proving them wrong."
Floyd got his first chance for a winning score after the Law defense stopped what could have been a game-clinching drive at the Dodge City 9. It took four plays until Floyd was able to find an opening and scampered 27 yards for a touchdown and a 47-46 lead with 42 seconds left.
After Revolution quarterback Robert Kent found receiver John Haggerty for a 13-yard scoring pass with 20 seconds, Floyd used the good field position made by returner Dominique Carson to find reserve receiver/quarterback Jeffery Cameron all alone for the eventual 12-yard winning touchdown reception with nine seconds on the clock.
"That last drive was like my Tom Brady moment," Floyd said. "I had it in my mind what I wanted to do. As a quarterback, you want to have it in your mind what you want to do on your last drive and get the job done for your team."
Floyd finished 12-of-16 for 146 yards and three touchdowns; plus ran for 54 yards and three more scores in the victory. More important was that he and the offense didn't turn the ball over to the Revolution in the contest.
"He played a flawless game," Law head coach Sean Ponder said. "He used his feet when he had and threw unbelievable passes. He kept everything in check and stayed within the schemes.
"This proves he is a quarterback; and a darn good one. He showed he can play the position at any level and he's one of the best in this league."
It was also a big play for Cameron, who's winning score was the first catch for the receiver on the season. The Revolution defense tried to guard against Floyd and Carson, leaving Cameron all alone untouched as he crossed the goal line.
"I was surprised I was that wide open, but we thought I was going to be open," Cameron said. "We were in a play and they got crossed up a little bit and didn't cover me.
"In the end, I want to help my team get the 'W'. Of course, it felt good that I caught the pass that got us the 'W'. Twenty seconds is an eternity in (indoor) football. we worked on goal line offense this week and it paid off."
Although the Law offense gained 240 total yards on the night -- more than 100 less than the 349 the Revolution earned -- they were helped with good starting field position all night. The worst start in regards to distance was the Dodge City 21, meaning all of their drivers were less than 30 yards from the goal line.
The Law defense again came up with the big fourth quarter plays after giving up yardage in the first three quarters. Kent had 280 passing yards and six touchdown passes; while skill position player Brett Reece catching three scoring passes and running for a fourth in the loss.
Ponder said he put the defense in bad situations because he wasn't certain how the Revolution offense was going to attack. The coach was pleased with how the responded, especially in the second half after making adjustments against the Texas offense.
"Obviously this game is built on offense, so the defense is going to give up some points," Law linebacker Jercorey Quarterman said. "When it comes down to it, when we really need to get a stop, our defense seems to come through; and (Saturday night), we did it again."
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LAW 55, REVOLUTION 52
Texas          14   6  20  12 -- 52
Dodge City   14   0  21  20 -- 55
T -- Reece 4 run (pass failed)
DC -- Davis 25 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
T -- Reece 16 pass from Kent (Reece pass from Kent)
DC -- Floyd 6 run (Fambrough kick)
T -- Gaudin pass from Kent (run failed)
T -- Reece 22 pass from Kent (Reece run)
DC -- Carson 3 run (Fambrough kick)
T -- Brown 29 run (run failed)
DC -- Young 27 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
T -- Fudge 3 pass from Kent (pass failed)
DC -- Carson 3 run (Fambrough kick)
T -- Reece 4 pass from Kent (run failed)
DC -- Floyd 12 run (pass failed)
DC -- Floyd 27 run (pass failed)
T -- Haggerty 17 pass from Kent (run failed)
DC -- Cameron 12 pass from Floyd (Washington run)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING -- Texas, Brown 5-59, Kent 6-31, Reece 1-4, Fudge 4-0; Dodge City, Floyd 12-54, Carson 12-35, Washington 2-5.
PASSING -- Texas, Kent 28-42-0-280; Dodge City, Floyd 12-16-0-146.
RECEIVING -- Texas, Reece 11-98, Haggerty 9-97, Fudge 6-60, Gaudin 2-25; Dodge City, Young 3-52, Davis 2-32, Venson 5-30, Carson 1-20, Cameron 1-12.
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CIF STANDINGS
Salina 4-1
Dodge City 3-1
Wichita 3-1
Amarillo 2-1
Texas 2-2
Sioux City 2-2
Duke City 0-1
San Angelo 0-3
Omaha 0-4
Saturday's scores
Dodge City 55, Texas 52
Salina 49, Omaha 7
Wichita 42, Sioux City 35
Amarillo 50, San Angelo 32