The Dodge City Red Demons fell to the Derby Panthers Friday night by a score of 49-13.
The loss came in the first round of the 6A state playoffs, ending the season for the Red Demons.
Overall, the team ended the season 3-6.
The Red Demons had their chances. Senior quarterback Dawson Williams broke away for a 96-yard touchdown after the Panthers took a 14-0 lead in the first half. That made the score 14-6 after the extra-point was blocked. He also scored on a 74-yard run later in the game.
Both were big plays for the Red Demons in a game with many big plays for both teams. The vast majority of those plays, however, were made by Derby, who relied on running back Brody Kooser and junior quarterback Hunter Igo.
Both had multiple touchdowns, but it wasn’t always easy for them. Particularly early, the Red Demons defense pressured regularly and sacked him often. Still, it wasn’t enough as Igo and the Panther offense wore-down the Red Demon defense.
With the season now over, the Red Demons will look to next season, where a number of the team’s starters return as seniors, such as Evan Darville and Marcos Fisher. Offensively, Carlos Gamboa will be a senior, as will Tade Pike, who played a number of positions this season. Jaiel Johnson also will be a senior.
The sophomore class looks similarly potent, with standouts Dejon Delgado, John Johnson, Joshua Harshberger and Beau Foster all having gotten significant starting time as sophomores this year.