Execution, execution, execution.
The Dodge City Community College Conquistadors are two games into the 2019 season and have had leads in both games against Independence and Garden City but were not able to execute efficiently for the entire game.
"We have to get more consistent," said DCCC Conqs head coach Ricky Coon.
Nobody likes to be 0-2, but Coon said there were positive things that came out of both games.
The team is coming off a bye week and players have spent time focusing on themselves and getting healthy before heading to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
"I'm pleased with our effort," Coon said. "But we have to get consistent execution to take the next step."
Showing strong leadership this year is redshirt freshman Jase Orindorff.
Orindorff, who is in his first season, works hard and does everything the right way, Coon said. He is a key part of the team's success. He was injured and left the Garden City game when the Conqs were up 22-7.
After he went out, they didn't score again.
The Conqs have a capable backup quarterback, but he didn't play well and wasn't ready to go when called on.
Players have to stay ready so they can be ready when they are needed, Coon said.
"They are not going to cancel the game because the quarterback got hurt," Coon said.
Also showing good leadership skills is wide receiver Da'Quan Bailey-Brown, who returned the first punt return for a touchdown.
Bailey-Brown had several big plays against Garden City and is currently leading the country in all-purpose yards, Coon said.
Coon said the team needs more consistent execution and discipline.
On film, the team is just not executing on a high enough level. The effort is there, but not the execution, he said.
"We need to turn the corner. We're leaving a lot of plays out there on both sides of the ball," Coon said. "If we can do that (execute better), it will improve. We have to get better at doing our job."
For the Ellsworth game, Coon will start essentially the same group he used the first two games.
Ellsworth has a triple base offense. It is unconventional and the Conqs will have to play it differently than the last two games.
The game plan has been pared down. They have minimized their defensive game plan against the triple operation offense of Ellsworth to be successful.
The Conqs have been outscoring opponents in the first quarter but not the rest of the game.
At Ellsworth, Coon said, he wanted to make sure the team takes care of the football and has no turnovers, he doesn't want to give up any explosive plays on defense and he wants to execute for 60 minutes.
Ellsworth is 0-3, but after watching the team's game with Garden City, Coon said, the team will have to execute on all three phases to have a chance to win the game.
Game time for the Conqs is 1 p.m. Saturday.