Tonight, the Dodge City Conquistadors football team heads to Garden City, Kansas to take on the Garden City Community College Broncbusters.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Broncbuster Stadium.
The Broncbusters enter the game 4-3 overall, but 3-2 in conference-play, while the Conquistadors are 4-4 overall but 1-3 in conference-play.
Dodge City head coach Gary Thomas said Garden City is a good team.
“All indications, when you look at it on paper, (are) it should be a good football game,” Thomas said. “They’re well-coached, and they’re physical and they do a lot of things well. They make you be disciplined and they’re gonna test your mental toughness and they’re gonna test your physical toughness, so it’s gonna be a really good challenge for us.”
Statistically, one area of strength for Garden City seems to be the team’s defense, which has 10 interceptions this season, tied for second-most in the conference.
“Their secondary does a good job,” Thomas said. “Corners kind of are active back there and make plays on the football and if you through a 50/50 ball they’ve done a good job coming down with a few of those.”
It’s something Thomas said the team is aware of and something the team is accounting for.
The team will test the Garden City defense the same way they test other defenses though, Thomas said, because Garden City also has a good defensive front.
“We feel like we need to be balanced, and there’s gonna be some points where we need to throw the ball well and there’s gonna be some points where we need to run the ball well to win the football game,” Thomas said. “But that’s the same in every game. We don’t put any different spin on it because of their statistics.”
Dodge City sophomore quarterback Caden Walters was one of the conference Players of the Week last week after throwing for 239 yards and five touchdowns against Scott City.
Still, it was a game Thomas was frustrated with because the Conquistadors ultimately let Fort Scott hang around longer than they could have.
“I mean really it comes down to self-discipline; being able to not put your team in an unfavorable situation because of your mouth or your attitude or your ego, I mean all those things have to be in-check for the good of the group, and those are things that we struggle with on a daily basis,” Thomas said. “That was the biggest thing, was just we were sloppy in some technique things that allowed them to create some turnovers when we could have pushed that game out of control pretty early.”