There's nothing like a little trash talking that can spark a club, especially the words heard by the Dodge City Law before Saturday night's in the 69-45 victory over the Omaha Beef at United Wireless Arena.
The Law players said they were playing for pride after the Beef's coaches had talked before the game about having the answer to beat Dodge City. The home team finished with what could be considered its best showing of the season in recording the rout.
"I think the reason why we were waiting for this game was that their defensive coordinator coached for (the Law) last year, so he talked about knowing our plays," Law receiver Dello Davis said. 'We figure that if he knows, then we'll hit him with what he thinks he knows and really pump ourselves up for the game."
The Law currently has some breathing room when it comes to the Champions Indoor Football league standings. With Dodge City's sixth straight win, Wichita having one of their bye weeks, and both Texas and Salina losing means the Law have a 1 1/2-game lead on the Force, and two games ahead of the other two squads.
Dominique Carson had two rushing touchdowns, a touchdown pass and a 48-yard kickoff return for a score and finished with 212 all-purpose yards. On the night, Carson made the Beef miss him 14 times and the back said he loves to hear the fans watch him side step to add more yardage in the contest.
"It was pretty fun just to get the reactions," Carson said. "It's funny in that I actually like to block more than anything else, and I know people don't believe that because of my size."
Davis had a first quarter rushing touchdown and three receiving scores from Joshua Floyd in the fourth quarter to help the Law score 27 points in the stanza to close out the contest.
"I'm pumped up for every game and I feel I have to have the same intensity," Davis said.
Floyd had another efficient game for the Law as he continues to direct the offense. He was 11-of-17 for 156 yards, four touchdown passes and no interceptions; and also ran the ball for 33 yards and a touchdown.
The Law defense and special teams also helped in getting the win. Defensive lineman Marquis George had two sacks and a blocked field goal attempt that led to a touchdown; while Jeffery Cameron returned a fumble seven yards for another score. Rico Brooks had 11 tackles to lead Dodge City in that category.
"We're just trying to improve as a defense and we're getting there," George said. "That was a testament of our defense. We're finally getting to the level that we were last year, if not better. I'm looking forward to seeing how much more we improve the rest of the season."
Quarterback Chuck Wright was 21-of-38 for 219 yards and four touchdowns and two interceptions, while the Omaha rushing game had three total yards on 17 carries. The Beef had to settle for three field goals and had five drives end on turnovers or on downs.
The Law will again be on the road for a Saturday night matchup against the Amarillo Venom, who beat Dodge City in the season opener. The kickoff at Amarillo Civic Center will be at 7:05 p.m.
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LAW 69, BEEF 45
Omaha 14 10 3 18 — 45
Dodge City 21 14 7 27 — 69
O — Kinnie 26 pass from Wright (Adolf kick)
D — Carson 15 run (kick failed)
D — Davis 2 run (Davis pass from Floyd)
D — Cameron 7 fumble recovery (Fambrough kick)
O — Daniels 6 run (Adolf kick)
D — Carson 5 run (Fambrough kick)
O — FG Adolf 43
O — Kinnie 5 pass from Wright
D — Floyd 1 run (Fambrough kick)
D — Carson 6 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
O — FG Adolf 34
O — FG Adolf 40
D — Davis 6 pass from Floyd (kick failed)
D — Davis 45 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
O — Rush 16 pass from Wright (Daniels run)
D — Carson 48 kickoff return (Fambrough kick)
D — Davis 12 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
O — Rush 7 pass from Wright (pass failed)
O — rouge (touchback)
RUSHING — Omaha, Daniels 5-10, Rush 5-10, Boro 3-3, Wright 6-(minus 6), Houghton 2-(minus 14); Dodge City, Carson 12-57, Floyd 10-33, Washington 3-3, Davis 2-0.
PASSING — Omaha, Wright 21-38-2-219, Houghton 2-3-0-34; Dodge City 11-17-0-156.
RECEIVING — Omaha, Rich 6-65, Rush 6-62, Kinnie 6-56, Boro 4-54, Daniels 1-16; Dodge City, January 4-52, Davis 3-63, Cameron 1-31, Carson 1-6, Randall 1-2, Venson 1-2.
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Dodge City 6-1
Sioux City 3-3
Duke City 2-2
San Angelo 1-5
Last week's games
Dodge City 69, Omaha 45
Sioux City 79, Salina 56
Duke City 45, Amarillo 38
San Angelo 42, Texas 38
This week's games
Sioux City at Omaha, 7 p.m.
Dodge City at Amarillo, 7:05 p.m.
Wichita at Salina, 7:05 p.m.