The Dodge City Community College Conquistadors fell to the Butler Community College Grizzlies Saturday, losing 24-10.
The Conquistadors entered the game ranked No. 15 and on a three-game winning streak, while Butler entered the game ranked No. 14.
Dodge City sophomore quarterback Caden Walters had just 52 yards on 6 of 23 passing. Butler quarterback Chris Helbig was 17 of 37 for 178 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore running back Tyler Minor led the way offensively for the Conquistadors, breaking free on a 36-yard touchdown run which put the Conquistadors ahead 7-3 in the second quarter. He ended the game with 73 yards.
“He does some different things sometimes when you get the ball in his hand and has the ability to accelerate a little different than some of the (other running backs on the team),” Dodge City head coach Gary Thomas said. “He did a good job, put us some in some good positions, we just couldn’t finish.
Minor said the loss was tough even if the opponent was good.
“They’re real disciplined and they fill the gaps really good, they come down and make the tackles,” Minor said.
As the time ticked away to end the first half, Butler sophomore quarterback Brady Rust ran the ball into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown run which gave the Grizzlies the lead. His score proved to be the final time the lead changed hands in Saturday’s game.
Ultimately, Thomas said, some of the passing plays in the game were the difference.
“They made about four throws when it mattered, and there was about four throws when it mattered that we didn’t make,” Thomas said. “Whether it was a receiver, whether it was a quarterback, whether it was the wind, whatever the factor was, the fact is they made the play and we didn’t.”
It won’t be the final test for the Conquistadors, however. They take on No. 13 Independence in Memorial Stadium next Saturday, and the schedule remains tough after that, a fact Thomas talked about after the game.
“Now’s not the time to start hanging your head,” Thomas said. “We’ve got two more nationally-ranked opponents coming down the pipeline and that’s not even worrying about looking ahead to the Coffeyville’s and Garden (City’s) and Hutch’s and all those other teams that are playing well. It doesn’t get any easier.”
Dodge City takes on Independence Community College next Saturday at 6 p.m. in Memorial Stadium in Dodge City, Kansas.