The Dodge City Law and Salina Bombers had an old fashioned shootout in Champions Indoor Football league action Saturday night at United Wireless Arena.
The Bombers had the final bullet with less than a minute to go and used it to drive down the field for the winning score with 14 seconds remaining in a 55-48 victory over the Law.
The game had the two teams trading points throughout he four quarters of action with neither team holding a lead more than seven points.
Law running back Dominique Carson ran for 83 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the game, while quarterback Joshua Floyd was 12-of-20 for 136 yards and two touchdowns (both to Dello Davis), as well as two interceptions. Floyd was also sacked four times in the loss. The Law (6-3) also had a blocked field goal and extra point in the first half.
Chris Coffin led Salina with 21-of-32 for 218 yards and six touchdowns: three to Anthony Parks, including the game winner and running back O.J. Simpson had two more. Coffin also had a rushing touchdown for the Bombers (5-4).
"It was a very even game and they had the ball and made the plays," Dodge City head coach Sean Ponder said. "In the red zone, you have to swarm up on defense, but they made the plays. We just have to correct mistakes, especially in our passing play."
Carson's first score from five yards was answered by a 3-yard run by Quentin Benning. The Bombers took the lead at the end of the first quarter on fourth down with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Coffin to Simpson.
Carson's second touchdown and Floyd's 30-yard scoring pass to Davis in the second quarter was answered by a one-yard scoring pass to Parks and a rushing score by Coffin. The Bombers had one more scoring chance, but Coffin was intercepted on the final play of the half to lead 27-21 at halftime.
Floyd's second scoring pass to Davis and a one-yard rushing score from KingJack Washington was answered by two more passing scores: a 2-yard pass to Parks and a 32-yard score to Simpson.
The Bombers took a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter and had a chance to seal the game after Floyd's second interception; but the Law recovered a fumble on the ensuing drive and Carson scored on a four-yard run with 57 seconds left to tie the game.
Salina got two 12-yard passes to get to the Dodge City 10 — the Law arguing that the ball had been touched by a fan as Jared Elmore dove into the crowd. Coffin was able to hit Parks with the 7-yard score to complete the scoring.
The Law had one final chance but the final pass to the endzone went into the crowd.
Despite losing its second straight game, the Law still find themselves at the top of the CIF standings with Wichita also losing to Sioux City. Dodge City is now 6-3 on the season, followed by Sioux City, Wichita and Amarillo tied at 5-3. Texas and Salina are both 5-4 and Duke City is 3-2.
"We still have work to do, but we still hold our own fate," Ponder said.
The Law play on the road again for its next contest, a 7 p.m. Friday kickoff against the Wichita Force at Intrust Bank Arena.
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BOMBERS 55, LAW 48
Salina 14 13 14 14 — 55
Dodge City 7 14 13 14 — 48
D — Carson 5 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Benning 3 run (Stecker kick)
S — Simpson 10 pass from Coffin (Stecker kick)
D — Carson 1 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Parks 1 pass from Coffin (kick blocked)
D — Davis 30 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
S — Coffin 13 run (Stecker kick)
D — Davis 15 pass from Floyd (Fambrough kick)
S — Parks 2 pass from Coffin (Stecker kick)
D — Washington 1 run (kick failed)
S — Simpson 32 pass from Coffin (Stecker kick)
D — Carson 2 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Elmore 17 pass from Coffin (Stecker kick)
D — Carson 4 run (Fambrough kick)
S — Parks 4 pass from Coffin (Stecker kick)
RUSHING — Salina, Coffin 4-28, Simpson 3-22, Benning 5-14; Dodge City, Carson 19-83, Washington 3-5, Davis 1-3, Floyd 9-(minus 23).
PASSING — Salina, Coffin 21-32-1-218; Dodge City, Floyd 12-20-2-135.
RECEIVING — Salina, Simpson 9-87, Parks 7-65, Elmore 4-59, Snipes 1-7; Dodge City, Davis 6-97, Venson 4-13, January 2-25.