Special to Rocking M Media
Mike Smith-Sports Information Director Dodge City Community College
[FORD COUNTY, Kan.]
Dodge City football team utilized a strong start and three-score lead at halftime to grab their first win of the season beating Highland 28-14.
The win moves the Conquistadors to 1-2 overall on the season and 1-1 in KJCCC action, while giving Head Coach Terry Karg his first win as Dodge City head coach.
After seeing Highland open the game with a drive that visited the redzone but resulted in a missed 32-yard field goal by the Scotties the Conqs answered by taking their first drive of the game down the field for a touchdown. Marching down the field on 10 plays covering 80 yards the Conqs capped a scoring drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Grant Ciccarone to Tyrence Crutcher making it 7-0 Conqs.
Highland looked to counter on their next drive and setup for a 36-yard field goal attempt and it was blocked by Tavarious Easley-Jones keeping the Scotties off the scoreboard. In the second quarter the Conqs would visit the endzone two more times capping a 10-play 65-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Ciccarone to Javon Campbell, and a nine-play drive covering 68-yards that finished with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ciccarone to Greg Genross. Conqs headed into halftime with a 21-0 advantage.
First drive of the second half the Conqs threatened again but a fumble near the goal stymied the drive but the defense answered as they forced Highland to turn the ball over on downs. With 1:35 left in the quarter the Conqs made it 28-0 as Ciccarone tossed his fourth touchdown of the day with Campbell catching his second this time for 38-yards.
Early in the fourth quarter the Conqs saw Highland break through with a touchdown and they added another with 2:53 remaining in the contest but the Conqs were unable to run the clock down and ultimately secure the 28-14 win.
Conqs amassed 366 yards of total offense and average 5.5 yards per play in the contest while special teams were strong with a pair of blocked kicks, negating a field goal try and also blocking a punt.
Ciccarone finished 21-34 for 271 yards with four touchdowns as eight different Conqs caught at least one pass on the day with Kam'Ryn Thomas leading the way in yards with 94 yards on five catches. Campbell grabbed five passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Mark McDonald added 50 yards on the ground.
Defensively the Conqs saw a big game from Dav'Juan Dezeme who recorded 13 tackles with two for loss. Jaden Kelly, Amarie Archer, and Malkolm Wright each added eight tackles. Archer had 1.5 sacks while Kelly, Wright, and Michael Durrett each had a half sack.
The Conqs will be off next week and then be back in action at home against Diamon Football Academy out of Texas on Saturday, September 24th with a 2:00 pm kickoff.