For the first time since 2015, the Dodge City Red Demons have the Hatchet.
On a night in which talented seniors like Evan Darville and Marcos Fisher played their final game of the classic rivalry, defense and the ground game proved dominant for the Red Demons, and the offense went turnover free, beating Garden City 27-7.
In the first half, it went all the Red Demons way. After Garden City deferred, the Red Demons drove down the field and scored on a quarterback run by junior Beau Foster.
He wasn’t done. After a Garden City fumble, Foster took it again following back-to-back runs by Red Demon senior Jaiel Johnson to make the score 13-0 Dodge City following a made extra point.
A couple of drives later, Johnson got free on a long run, taking the ball more than 30 yards and into the endzone to give the Red Demons a 20-0 halftime lead.
Garden City had some fight in them however. Following a missed Dodge City field goal, Garden City senior Reece Morss broke free down the right side, setting up a touchdown push by the Buffaloes a couple plays later, which cut the Red Demons lead to 20-7, a lead they took into the third quarter.
After the teams exchanged punts, Red Demon junior Cedric Rosales picked Garden City senior Tye Davis off, the second time the Red Demon defense picked him off Friday night, giving the Red Demons the ball at the Garden City 44 yard line.
On an ensuing third-down, Foster put the capper on it, throwing a touchdown to sophomore Matt Friess Jr., which after the extra point made it 27-7 with just 4:54 left in the final quarter.
The win makes the Red Demons 4-3 overall
The Red Demons close out their regular season on the road next week when the travel to Liberal to take on the Liberal Redskins.