Dodge City Law general manager/co-owner Ricky Bertz said the only players who can stop their offense is their offense.
That proved to be true in the second half as the Dodge City Law couldn't be stopped by the Salina Bombers defense in a 47-43 decision at the Bicentennial Center.
The Law scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and made a critical first down in their final drive before running out the clock in winning its fourth game in a row and moving to a tie in the Champions Indoor Football league standings with Wichita at 4-1.
"This is huge for us and I don't think anybody has had a tougher schedule than us," Dodge City head coach Sean Ponder said. "We're playing really good football right now. To beat them in their house is huge."
The Law offense scored touchdowns on the first three drives of the second half; and got a first down before going into victory formation to close out the game. For the game, Dodge City didn't score in its first drive, then scored every time they had possession of the ball until the final drive when points weren't needed.
Dodge City gained 233 total yards against the Salina defense, including 104 rushing yards. Running back Dominique Carson had two rushing scores while fullback KingJack Washington and quarterback Joshua Floyd also score rushing touchdowns. Floyd also was again efficient throwing the ball, completing 11-of-17 passes for 129 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
"The guys up front keep pushing up front and if we keep running the ball for more than 100 yards, then we have a good chance to win a football game," Ponder said. "Josh is a phenomeal players and he doesn't have to put up all the passing yards for us to get the W. We're very balanced on both the run and the pass."
Maurice Young scored his fifth touchdown of the season, while Brandon Venson and Jamie January caught their first scores of 2015 for Dodge City. Venson's touchdown catch ended up being the game winner for the Law.
Salina was led by quarterback Chris Coffin, who was 16-of-30 for 161 yards, four interceptions and one interception; while Jared Elmore caught two touchdown passes and ran for a third in the loss.
Coffin's last pass came when the Bombers were driving down after the Law took the lead for good. Two Law players had a chance to sack Coffman, but he was able to make a pass from Prince, who was stripped of the ball by Cashmin Thomas on the fumble to give the Law the chance to seal the victory with the offense's final drive.
"This puts us in first place and it seems like the defense continues to make the big plays and big stops throughout the year," Ponder said.  "The guys just keep battling and it was a great overall effort by the defense."
The Law will play their second straight road game next Saturday when they travel to New Mexico for a game against the Duke City Gladiators in Albuquerque. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Duke City beat San Angelo 51-34 for its first franchise win.
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Dodge City   6  21    7  13 — 47
Salina            3  20  14    6 — 43
S — FG Strecker 23
D — Carson 1 run (kick failed)
D — Young 30 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
S — Snipes 10 pass from Coffman (kick failed)
D — Carson 6 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Coffman 1 run (Strecker kick)
D — Washington 6 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Simpson 30 pass from Coffman (Strecker kick)
S — Elmore 4 run (Strecker kick)
D — January 8 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
S — Elmore 4 pass from Coffman (Strecker kick)
D — Floyd 1 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Elmore 7 pass from Coffman (kick blocked)
D — Venson 4 pass from Floyd (pass failed)
RUSHING — Dodge City, Carson 16-51, Washington 5-29, Floyd 15-24; Salina, Benning 4-31, Elmore 4-23, Mack 6-11, Coffman 4-3.
PASSING — Dodge City, Floyd 11-17-1-129; Salina, Coffman 16-30-1-161.
RECEIVING — Dodge City, Venson 4-42, January 3-30, Young 2-38, Washington 1-10, Carson 1-9; Salina, Elmore 7-70, Simpson 2-32, Mack 1-28, Prince 1-7, Benning 1-4.
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Dodge City    4-1
Wichita    4-1
Salina        4-2
Texas        3-2
Amarillo    2-2
Sioux City    2-2
Duke City    1-1
San Angelo    0-4
Omaha    0-5