FORT DODGE, Iowa – Leading the entire second half, Dodge City Community College defeated Iowa Central on Saturday by a score of 28-20, giving the Conqs their first win of the season.
The Conqs were able to open up the scoring early with a one-yard touchdown pass from Caden Walters to Caleb Mills to make the score 7-0.
Iowa Central fired right back on their first drive with a 14-yard run to tie the game at seven.
Dodge City then fumbled deep in their own territory giving the ball to the Tritons for first and goal. The Dodge City defense held, allowing just a field goal, giving Iowa Central a 10-7 lead.
Late in the second quarter, the Dodge City offense went for it on fourth down from the Iowa Central 39. After Walters threw an interception and the Tritons got into Dodge City territory, the Conq defense held once again, getting the ball back with 3:18 left in the half.
Walters then threw a pass to Rodney Murphy who broke one tackle and took it 68 yards to take the lead right back, 14-10.
Iowa Central looked to be driving to score before the half, but two big penalties and strong defense by the Conquistadors held the Tritons out of field goal range, heading into halftime with Dodge City leading, 14-10.
After holding the Tritons to a punt on their first drive of the second half, the Conqs drove down the field and punched it in from three yards on a run by Tyler Minor to extend the lead to 21-10.
Iowa Central's very next drive was moving well, but stalled and the DC3 defense held strong in their own territory to get the ball back after the Tritons turned it over on downs.
With just over four minutes left in the game, Dodge City was able to add to their lead on a rushing touchdown from Anthony Watkins, making the score 28-13.
Iowa Central kept fighting, scoring with three minutes left to cut the lead to 28-20.
The Triton onside kick went out of bounds, giving Dodge City the ball with less than three minutes to play.
After giving the ball up on downs, Iowa Central drove down to the Dodge City 19 yard line and on the final play of the game, the Triton quarterback broke five tackles before throwing an interception in the end zone to end the game, giving Dodge City its first win of the season, 28-20.
Dodge City is now 1-1 on the season and will be in action again next Saturday as they host Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology at 1 p.m. This will also be the game that Dodge City Community College holds their Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive. All items will be taken back to Houston with the Texas A&T team bus.