Last year Dodge City opened its season against Wichita Southeast and the two teams combined for a score of 115 points. Although the opponents were the same this year, the outcome was a little more lopsided and the scoring frenzy was all Red Demon. Dodge City debuted with a balanced team and a 40-6 victory against the Buffaloes.
Dodge City started off with a big play. On the opening kickoff the Southeast returner fumbled and it was recovered by Dodge City senior Taylor Murphy. That gave Dodge City the first offensive drive and the ball at halftime. The first drive allowed Parker Davis to establish his ground dominance scoring the first touchdown on the first drive of the game. Dodge City took the lead 7-0.
The Demon air attack was just as prominent throughout the game. Senior receiver Dakota Duckett had two consecutive big receptions to finish Dodge City's second possession. The second was a 22-yard pass from Newton to Duckett that resulted in the Demon's second touchdown, 14-0.
Davis finished the first quarter with a pummeling drive up the middle for a ten yard gain and then a one yard push into the end zone. Dodge City finished the first quarter up 20-0.
The second quarter displayed Wichita Southeast's only shot at redemption. With seven minutes left, senior running back William Young dug deep and squeezed out of a Dodge City defender's grasp to reach and dive for the endzone. That would be the Buffaloes only score of the game. At halftime the Demons were still ahead 20-6.
Ultilizing multiple threats on their offense, the Demons pulled out a couple tricks. They exposed their half back pass successfully from Davis to Duckett. A great block by a Demon teammate allowed Duckett to prance 64 open yards to the end zone.
Junior quarterback Kelan Newton got to put a rushing touchdown on his stats. Then two drives later he pump-faked right and spun left to hit Murphy on a hitch. Murphy shed a few defenders and earned his first touchdown of the season.
The Wichita Southeast Buffaloes could not compete with the Demons balanced offense and defense. The first Friday of the season turned out as a good home-opener for the Red Demons. They enter their next competition against the Wichita Northwest Grizzlies with a 40-6 victory under their belts.