The Dodge City High School Red Demon football team suffered a harsh welcome to Western Athletic Conference play Friday at Liberal's Burial Grounds football stadium. The Redskins punished the Demons with the rushing attack en route to a 35-6 win.     "They just came out and ran over us a little bit," Demon coach Justin Burke said after the game. "When we started to respond to their outside game, they started to take it on the ground up the middle."
    The Demons (1-3, 0-1 WAC) fell behind early when the Redskins' (3-1, 2-0 WAC) fullback Chuy Torres rumbled past the goal line on a one-yard touchdown run to cap off the team's first drive. The Demons went three plays and out on their first drive.
    Dodge City's offense got off the ground in the team's second drive, but after a Carlos Rodriguez sack of Demon quarterback Ty Thomas and two incompletions, the Demons found themselves in a punting situation again.
    Liberal ate the remaining four minutes of the first quarter on the ensuing drive that started at its own 19 yard line. Other than to cap off that second drive, which ended with a Tyler Sutherland touchdown pass to 6 foot, eight inch tight end Eric Brown, the Redskins did their damage on the ground with several end-around plays and roughshod, up-the-gut runs by Torres and wingback Nate Davis.
    "They ran a lot of sweeps early on," Burke said. "Once we were able to get outside on the sweep, they started to hit dives and draws on us."
    A whole host of Redskin running back made hay against a Demon defense that tired as the game wore on. Davis had two touchdown runs and ran from 30-plus yards for each of scores.
    Torres bolled over Demon defenders as well. It often took three or even four Demon tacklers to bring down the 5 feet, 9 inch, 240 pound fullback. Liberal's Justin Morgan, another compact runner, also got in the end zone to pile on the Demon defense.
    But down only 13-0 in the waning minutes of the first half, the Demons had a chance to cut the deficit to six points when they put together their first drive with any successful moments.
    Thomas completed two balls to senior receiver Jason Kirchman and two more to junior running back Steven Mills to bring the offense deep into Redskin territory. But with only 50 seconds left in the half and the ball on the Redskin six-yard line, as Thomas was surveying the field the snap from center Ty Slattery came loose, and Redskin defensive end Blake Abbot fell on it to kill the chance for the Demons to get back in the game.
    "That was really a pretty big deal. It was a real let-down for us," Burke said. "A touchdown there certainly would have made a difference, but instead they came out of the locker room with the momentum."
    And the Redskins continued to roll in the second half. It only took two plays after a good kick return for the Redskins to cash in another touchdown on the shifty legs of Davis.
    Liberal's defense came up with another turnover on the ensuing drive on an interception after a deflected Demon pass attempt.
    "Turnovers will kill you every time," Burke said. "You lose the turnover battle, you're probably going to lose the game." The Demons created one turnover, as cornerback Jordan Slaton recovered a Redskin fumble in the middle of the fourth quarter, but lost three on two interceptions and the costly fumbled snap in the second quarter.
    The sole Demon score came with seven minutes remaining in the game, when Thomas slung it to junior receiver Landon Head to cap off a quick hitting drive that came too little too late.
    Davis' second touchdown run, a 35-yarder, with three minutes to play ended the scoring and a brutal loss for the Demons. Dodge City will look to even their WAC record against Great Bend next Friday at Memorial Stadium.
    Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.