The Dodge City Red Demons football team fell heartbreaking fashion Friday night, losing to the Liberal Redskins 34-29.
The Red Demons took a lead with less than four minutes left on a Dawson Williams touchdown run. After a missed extra point, Dodge City led 29-27.
The Redskins, however, refused to be denied. The drove down to around midfield and their quarterback, Syris Dunlap, ran the ball a couple more times, getting out of bounds to stop the clock.
Then, with under 30 seconds left, Dunlap hit a receiver in the center of the field who got a block and took the ball all the way into the end zone. The touchdown gave the Redskins the lead 34-29, after the extra-point, with just 15 seconds left on the clock.
Dodge City head coach Dave Foster said he was proud of the team, though he hated that this was how the Red Demons seniors ended their home-careers. The Red Demons will play next Friday at a road location to be determined.
Dawson Williams started at quarterback for the Red Demons in a game that was extremely run-heavy.
“I was extremely proud of our kids and the way they played,” Foster said. “We got ourselves in a hole right off the bat in the second half and threw the pick-6, and that’s not on Dawson, that’s a playcall issue. It was just a bad play call.”
There were a number of good play calls, Foster said, and he thought the coaches both called a good game and the players executed those plays well.
“When it came down to it at the end in a game we shouldn’t have lost, we did because we had a young kid blow a coverage and it became real obvious,” Foster said.
The loss moved the Red Demons to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference this season. They’ll play next Friday at a location to be determined later.