Dodge City Law head coach Sean Ponder has found himself in quite a quandary: How do you cut someone who did well during his try out in an exhibition game?
That's what Ponder is going to have to do as he has a week and a half to cut nine players off of the roster after all who played in the Law's 55-0 exhibition victory over the 4-State Fusion in their preseason game Saturday night at United Wireless Arena.
"We have some tough choices to make," Ponder said. "It makes it tough when we evaluate on the field and everyone does what they are supposed to do. We're going to have to break down the video and critique certain areas to try to find flaws."
Most of the returning players from last year have made it a mission to come in strong and they played against the Fusion like they were in mid-season form.
"It was a good start coming from the loss to Wichita (in the CPIFL semifinals)," offensive lineman Mack Randall Jr. said. "We're just starting fresh with a new year and we're working hard to be successful."
The Law offense went for 372 total yards, including quarterback Joshua Floyd going 10-of-17 for 226 yards and five touchdowns, including one on the first play of scrimmage in each half. Running backs Dominique Carson and KingJack Washington ran for two touchdowns apiece and the running game had 146 yards.
"Josh did exactly what we thought he'd do," Ponder said. "He came into shape. We did some things (Saturday night) that we normally don't do. All in all, the offense did what we wanted to do."
The Law defense also did its part against the Fusion offense, giving up 111 total yards (47 in the second half, all rushing). Dodge City intercepted three passes, recorded two safeties, and 14 tackles for losses.
"The defense played very well," Ponder said. "We're very deep in both defensive back and defensive line. We have some tough decisions on both of those positions."