By Taylor Eldridge
A lot of people are wondering what happened to Southeast in this game. They were supposed to be filled with enough talent to take the City League this year. And to be honest, they probably do. But talent alone doesn’t get you very far when you play a hard-working team like Dodge City.
Southeast looked good for exactly 7 minutes of the game. The first 7 minutes of the game. They forced a three-and-out on Dodge’s first possession of the game, then marched down the field picking up four first downs (converting on two third downs and a fourth down). But then the offense stalled. Randle was stuffed for no gain. Southeast had to throw and the next two plays netted no yards.
Really, that was what happened to Southeast the rest of the game. Dodge City forced them out of their comfort zone. Southeast is at its best running the ball with Randle, not throwing out of the spread. On the next three drives that stalled, each drive had either a penalty or a negative play to lengthen the first down out of reach of the running game. That made Southeast have to open up and try to throw. What happened next wasn’t pretty: 3 drives, 10 plays, -3 yards.
Meanwhile, Dodge City looked legit. Jace Banner broke out tonight. He is a transfer from the KC metro area. He finished with 107 yards, but at one point he had 13 rushes for 120 yards. He is going to be a stud for the Demons. Also, K-State recruit Laton Dowling is a complete stud. He was in on about every play. Dodge’s defense is very good with Dowling and Campbell and Banner as well. They should be much improved this season.
So what does this mean for Southeast?
Well, frankly it doesn’t affect the outlook of the season at all or the Buffs. With this being an out-of-league game, Southeast hasn’t lost any ground in the City League race. This is just not the start they wanted, but it’s an opportunity to be able to wash this game away and start anew next week. Southeast has a chance to become a good football team. Friday night they were not. But time is on their side.
So what does this mean for Dodge City?
This is a statement game for the Demons. A dominating win like this sets the tone for the season. The surprise emergence of Banner at running back could be the missing factor for DC. It has a solid passing game in the Thomas-to-Head connection and with Banner, Dodge has a potent offense. They also flexed their muscles on defense to show they have a well-rounded team. Another dominating win over East next week could set up a nice season for Dodge.
Here is the stat sheet that I keep. Just some more stats for you guys:
Time Of Possession11:0912:0523:14
Time Of Possession12:5111:5724:46
Here’s the drive sheet I took too:
1:38242S434BLOCKED FIELD GOAL
1:26420D35END OF GAME
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