On the day the Dodge City athletic department collected hurricane relief items to send home with Texas A&T, the Conq football team shutout the Drillers by a score of 52-0.
After forcing the Drillers to punt on their first drive, the Conqs drove right down the field in 1:41 to score on a 17 yard pass from Caden Walters to Braxton Haley to make the score 7-0.
Texas A&T then went three-and-out and Walters then drove the offense down the field and scored on a four yard run to extend the lead to 13-0 after a bad snap on the extra-point.
With 5:12 left in the first quarter, the Conqs blocked a punt that rolled into the end-zone and out of bounds for a safety, making the score 15-0, Dodge City.
After the safety, the Drillers were forced to take a free kick, but Rodney Murphy took it to the house, 68 yards to extend the lead to 23-0.
After getting the ball back late in the first quarter, the Conqs drove down the field and scored on Walters' second touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Jerry Hanks for 15 yards, making the score 29-0 after the extra point went off the left post.
Walters collected his fourth touchdown of the game and his third touchdown pass of the game with 5:05 left in the second quarter on a 17 yard pass to Austin Watkins. The extra point was off the right post this time, making the score, 35-0.
After almost scoring another touchdown to end the first half, the Conqs connected on a 19 yard field goal to extend their lead to 38-0.
In the second half, both coaches decided to play 10-minute quarter instead of 15.
With 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Conq defense forced a fumble that was picked up by Nazier Wright who took it 58 yards to make the score 45-0.
Again with 1:15 left in the game, the Conqs added to their lead on a 68 yard run by quarterback Duke McGraw, making the final score, 52-0.
"The hardest part is having them understand the importance of every snap and every quarter," head coach Gary Thomas said. "We talked about how Coffeyville was up 25-0 on Hutch a couple weeks ago and got beat. In this conference, no lead is ever safe, especially in Dodge City where you are going to get a quarter with at least a 10 mph wind at your back. The importance in finishing and focusing on what's important and not celebrating that we are up 35 points, but understand that all of the things that we do right now and the way that we handle them are going to impact us in the long run."
Dodge City moves to 2-1 on the year overall and remains 0-1 in conference play. The Conqs will be in action again next Saturday as they travel to Iowa Falls, Iowa to take on Ellsworth Community College at 1 p.m.