By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
DODGE CITY — With five minutes to go before half, the Liberal
Redskins were in a battle with the Dodge City Red Demons. Trailing
14-3, the Redskin defense held Dodge City to a fourth down.
But the Red Demons never punted. Dodge City faked the kick and ran
for the first down. The Red Demons went on to score on the drive, and
the Redskins never recovered in a 55-17 loss.
The play on the field had the appearance of a rivalry game early. But
an early controversial call that went Dodge City’s way created an
uphill battle for the Redskins.
Liberal appeared to have stopped Dodge City’s Jace Banner after three
Redskins rolled the Dodge City standout across the turf.
According to the officials, Banner’s knee never touched the turf
although it appeared his shoulders did, and he was not whistled down.
Banner stood looking at the official, then started to jog toward the
end zone and the official followed, signaling that Banner had scored
the initial touchdown on a 32-yard uncontested run.
Standley questioned the call to no avail, pointing to the replay
board that showed the tackle in slow motion.
The Dodge City scoring drive began with an interception, one of four
turnovers on the night for the Redskins.
Quarterback Slader McVey played through an injury until the final
possession of the game, obviously struggling with his mobility, a
strength of his game. McVey rushed the ball once in the entire game.
After the questionable touchdown by Dodge, Liberal responded on the
next possession with a field goal sparked by a pass from McVey to
Jade Cathey for 37 yards.
Dodge City scored again early in the second quarter after a punt
return gave the Red Demons the ball at the Liberal 19 yard line. A
touchdown pass put the Redskins down 14-3.
Lavondrick Martin took the ensuing kick-off 51 yards and gave the
Redskins good field position at the Red Demon 39 yard line. Two
complete passes to Tyson Deaton gave the Redskins the ball at the 20
But an attempt to find Cathey in the end zone was intercepted.
Nine plays later, Dodge City faced a fourth and 11 at their own 39
They faked the kick and ran for the first down.
Redskin iron man Michael Cummins limped off the field after the play,
and on the next Dodge City snap, Banner broke through the Redskin
defense for a 52-yard touchdown run.
Liberal had good field position after a strong kick-off return at
their own 43 yard line, and McVey completed a pass to Cathey for a
short gain. But the ball was stripped out of Cathey’s hands and taken
to the Liberal 10 yard line.
On third and nine, Dodge City threw a pass to the goal line, the
receiver put a juke on corner Chandler Brockett and scored.
Dodge tacked on a field goal before half to score 17 points in five
minutes to take a 31-3 halftime lead.
Dodge City continued to dominate in the second half and shot out to a
Liberal tacked on two late scores against Dodge City reserves with
passes form McVey to Kyle Potts and Cathey and had a chance at a
third touchdown with a first and goal at the 10 yard line. But Dodge
City substituted their starting defense back in the game, and the
Redskins failed to convert a field goal attempt in the 55-17 loss.
Liberal generated 194 yards of offense to Dodge City’s 420.
Banner ended the night with 196 yards rushing against the Redskin
McVey completed six of 20 attempts for 121 yards, three interceptions
and two touchdowns.
McVey came out on the final drive due to the nagging pain from his
Martin also suffered a game-ending injury, and another Redskin had an
apparent shoulder separation.
“We will evaluate those injuries,” Standley said.
The late scores gave the Redskins something positive to build on for
next week’s homecoming game with Garden City who lost to Hays 17-16
“It was a positive way to end the game,” Standley said. “They kept
fighting. Now we will go to work. We will come in for film and watch
film, we’ll teach them what they did wrong and go to work on Monday.”