The Dodge City Red Demons football team hits the road to take on Hays Friday at 7 p.m.
Both teams enter the game 2-3 overall with three regular-season games left to go.
For the Red Demons this game will of pivotal importance toward reaching their preseason goal of hosting two home playoff games. Record-wise, the schedule does not get too much more difficult, with the Red Demons’ final games coming against Garden City at home Oct. 12 in the annual Hatchet Game before the team finishes the regular season in Liberal Oct. 19.
Dodge City’s remaining opponents as after Hays area combined 3-7 overall.
As for Hays, the Indians have won two of their last three games, their one blemish a failed rally against Garden City Sept. 21, a rally that fell short with an incomplete Hail Mary pass in the waning seconds of the game.
All indications point to Hays as being a team that won’t quit. In the game against Garden City, Hays trailed 28-0 at halftime before fighting back into the game, losing by a score of 35-28.
Still, Dodge City will likely need to win all three games to be in contention for hosting a week-nine, opening-round playoff game.
In the 6A West region football standings, Dodge City currently sits at No. 12, meaning if the playoff seeding stays the same as it was Oct. 4, Dodge City would travel to Topeka to play Washburn Rural, the No. 5 seed. The top eight teams host playoff games, and in Dodge City’s region, all eight of them had records above .500.
If Dodge City is to win its final three games, or even any of them, something the team will need to do is keep its turnovers in check.
Last week’s loss was the third time in five games this season the Red Demons have committed more turnovers than their opponents, according to statistics provided by the Dodge City High School football team.
They have lost all three of them.
In the two Red Demon wins, Dodge City committed the same number of turnovers as their opponents. In Dodge City’s game against Salina South, each team committed two, and in Dodge City’s win over Wichita Heights, each team committed just one.
Kickoff Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.