The Dodge City Conquistadors football team beat the Fort Scott Greyhounds 36-29 Saturday night, ending a three-game losing streak and winning their 2017 Homecoming game.
The win was hardly without flaw, even against a Fort Scott team that entered 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference.
In particular, the Conquistador defense played poorly, Dodge City head coach Gary Thomas said.
“We thought we’d win the game, I didn’t think it’d be this close,” Thomas said. “Defensively, I don’t know, we need to find a different answer, because what we’re doing is not working.”
Part of that, Thomas said, was a lack of discipline.
“What we’re doing is unacceptable by I think anyone’s standards,” Thomas said.
Thomas had mentioned earlier in the week the team would need a strong four-quarter performance out of the defense.
Overall, the defense allowed an average of seven points per-quarter Saturday night.
Thomas said he wanted better results from the defense.
“That’s a team that averages 12 points a game over five games,” Thomas said. “If they scored more than 14, I thought that was unacceptable. They were playing with their backup-quarterback. The last drive alone 45 yards of the drive were on penalties, and all of them were on a third-down where we’re off the field. It’s just that: It’s undisciplined, and it needs to be fixed or I’m gonna fix it myself.”
Fort Scott quarterback Garrett Sharp threw for 231 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Dodge City quarterback Caden Walters threw for 239 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
The Dodge City Conquistadors next head to Garden City, Kansas to play Garden City at 7 p.m. next Saturday.