Dodge City outlasts Garden City to win Hatchet Game

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:40 PM CDT
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GARDEN CITY, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In a Hatchet Game for the ages, Dodge City came back from a 21-3 deficit to beat rival Garden City in double overtime Friday night, 36-29.

Garden City High School football team hosted Dodge City High School on Friday October 15, 2021...
Garden City High School football team hosted Dodge City High School on Friday October 15, 2021 at Buffalo Stadium in Garden City, Kan. For the Hatchet Game. The Buffalos lost to the Red Demons 29 - 36.(Adam Shrimplin | Shrimplin Photography 2021)

Garden City jumped out to a big first half lead behind a trio of scores from Zach Keosengphet. All three of those scores came on the ground as the lead grew to 21-3 before Dodge kicker Emanuel Aguilar drilled his second field goal from beyond 50 yards of the half.

But the second half belonged to the Demons. Dylan Smith added an early third quarter touchdown on a long completion, then Tucker Smith ran one in from two yards out to cut it to 21-19. Tucker Smith added another short touchdown run, this one on 4th down early in the fourth to give them their first lead of the night.

After a third field goal from Aguilar extended the lead to 8, Garden City was running out of time to stay in this. But with just 45 seconds to go, Caleb Weise hit Jerry Artega for the 7 yard score, then Keosengphet tied it on a two point try at 29 each to send it to overtime--just the second time in 84 editions that the Hatchet Game has gone to OT.

Neither team converted in the first period, Aguilar missing a short field goal that would have won it for Dodge, but the Demons got things done in the second. Rudy Hernandez punched in a short score, then the Buffaloes possession ended with D’Andre Vontress picking off Wiese to clinch the Dodge City win.

Said Demon head coach Glenn O’Neill, coaching in the rivalry contest for the first time, “for the first half Garden City just destroyed us--you know they ran it down our throat, they shut us down on offense. You know two big field goals for us ended up playing big dividend late. But hats off...Garden played their tails off...but very proud of our guys.”

Dodge City now sits at 5-2 on the year, hosting Wichita Southeast in a week’s time. Garden City will look to bounce back on the road at winless Great Bend.

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