Things didn't go well early Saturday night in the Dodge City Law's game against the Wichita Force and their fourth quarter rally fell short in a 52-49 loss in Champions Indoor Football league action at Intrust Bank Arena.
The loss was painful for the Law (6-4) not only in it being the third straight setback after a six-game winning streak; but the team fell from first to fourth with possible playoff opponents holding tiebreakers for home field advantage.
"We still have the goal to win try to win the championship," Law head coach Sean Ponder said. "We had a lot of things that didn't go our way and a lot of things that transpired during the game.
"We're going to give them the week off (for the bye week) so we can come back relaxed. You can see they're tired towards the end there. I think this week off will be good for them. We just have to stay the course and everybody continues to play hard."
The Law could never overcome a three-turnover first quarter — two on fumbles by Dominique Carson that were returned for touchdowns and a third on downs deep in Law territory — that helped Wichita score 28 points after the opening stanza.
"They're getting a good rush and we had to slide the pocket a little bit," Ponder said. "The two turnovers early on really hurt us and it's very uncharacteristic of him, and it's one of those things that we're disappointed."
Carson did come back with four touchdowns — two rushing and two receiving — in the other three quarters. He finished with 52 yards rushing and 79 more receiving.
Quarterback Joshua Floyd completed only 12 of 30 passes on the night, but four of them were for touchdowns; as well as a rushing touchdown.
The Force pushed ahead by 22 early in the second quarter, then were held to one touchdown for a 27-minute stretch at the end of the third quarter. Dodge City couldn't come back to take the lead, but was able to get the margin down to seven early in the third quarter.
Dodge City was able to cut the lead down to three with less than two minutes left in the game, but Tywon Hubbard's second rushing touchdown seal the win. The Law got one more touchdown with nine seconds on the clock, but couldn't recover the onside kick.
The Law won't play again until May 22, when they travel to Omaha for a game against the Beef.
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FORCE 52, LAW 49
Dodge City   13  8  7  21 — 49
Wichita          28  7  7  10 — 52
W — Catchings 5 fumble recovery (Lacayo kick)
D — Davis 36 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
W — Roberts 38 fumble recovery (Lacayo kick)
W — Soft 5 pass from Taylor (Lacayo kick)
D — Floyd 3 run (kick failed)
W — Hubbard 1 run (Lacayo kick)
W — Taylor 3 run (Lacayo kick)
D — Carson 3 run (Davis pass from Floyd)
D — January 18 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
W — Anderson 2 pass from Taylor (Lacayo kick)
W — FG Lacayo 19
D — Carson 14 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
D — Carson 2 run (Fambrough kick)
W — Hubbard 8 run (Lacayo kick)
D — Carson 33 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Dodge City, Carson 11-52, Floyd 11-21, Washington 4-18; Wichita, Hubbard 16-46, Taylor 16-43.
PASSING — Dodge City, Floyd 12-30-1-186; Wichita, Taylor 11-23-1-116.
RECEIVING — Dodge City, Carson 6-79, Davis 3-51, Washington 1-22, January 1-18, Venson 1-16; Wichita, Anderson 6-67, Soft 3-32, Hubbard 1-10, Kelly 1-7.