For the second straight year, the Dodge City Red Demon football season has ended at the hands of the Derby Panthers.
The Derby Panthers advanced, knocking out Dodge City 54-7 in the second round of the 6A State Playoffs Friday night.
Derby senior quarterback Hunter Igo sliced the Red Demon defense apart, particularly in the first half.
It didn’t take long for him to start. First, he did it through the air, throwing a long bomb to a receiver to get into the endzone with all of 11:16 left in the first quarter.
After Dodge City junior quarterback Beau Foster threw an interception in the endzone, the Red Demons held the Panthers on third down and forced fourth.
Igo appeared destined to be sacked on the fourth-down play, but somehow scampered around the right side and down the sidelines to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead.
A few drives later, Igo ran it in from the seven yardline after junior running back Tre Washington broke a long run to get them inside the 10, giving the Panthers a 21-0 lead.
With 2:55 left in the second quarter, Igo linked up on a long pass to Washington, which gave the Panthers a 28-0 lead which they held at halftime.
In the second half, the Red Demons were forced into a 3-and-out, but forced the Panthers into the same. Neither offense did anything until Igo connected with a receiver on a screen pass on the Panthers’ second-drive of the half for a touchdown. After a missed extra point, the Panthers led 34-0.
Less than two minutes later, the Panthers rushed it in to take a 41-0 lead.
It was all downhill from there for the Derby. Foster rushed it around the edge with four minutes left to end the shutout late with a touchdown.
The Red Demons finish the season 6-4 overall.