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September 27th, 2021

lhs huskeyHunter Huskey carries the ball against the Dodge City defense Friday night in Dodge City. Huskey rushed for 96 yards in a 48-12 loss. L&T photo/Earl WattEARL WATT • Leader & Times


DODGE CITY — With head coach Jason Dunlap battling illness and Izzy Garcia-Rotolo also out for Friday night’s game against Dodge City, the Redskins had an uphill battle with a thin line-up, and as the injuries started to mount, the Redskins faded in a 48-12 loss.

The Redskins struggled on its first two possessions, and the punt team couldn’t help the defense. The first three-and-out led to a short kick to the Liberal 30 yard line, and two plays later Dodge City scored the first touchdown of the game for a 7-0 lead.

After another three-and-out, Liberal again attempted a punt, but the ball was mishandled, and the punter was tackled at the 7 yard line.

Three plays later Dodge City dove into the end zone for the second touchdown of the night in the first five minutes of the game, and Liberal trailed 14-0.

Liberal appeared to be headed for the third straight three-and-out when the Redskins faced a third-and-15 form their own 15 yard line. Brooks Kappelmann dropped back for a pass and fired across the middle in a crowd of defenders and Liberal’s Easton Zapien. The ball found its way into Zapien’s hands, and he darted away from the Red Demons for an 85-yard touchdown pass.

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But Liberal kicker Aidan Schwindt suffered a dislocated ankle against Guymon a week earlier, and that forced Liberal to attempt a two-point conversion. Dodge City stopped the attempt, and the Redskins trailed 14-6.

The Red Demons marched the ball 61 yards on their next drive to the Liberal 2 yard line, but the Angry Red defense stopped the short on a fourth-and-inches play.

But Dodge City intercepted a third-down pass and returned it for a touchdown to take a 21-6 lead.

By halftime, Dodge built a 28-6 lead an then scored on the first drive of the second half to take a 35-6 lead.

Liberal’s Zapien didn’t play in the second half, and Hunter Huskey also came off the field. Also Avalos also came off with a cramp, and the Redskins continued to struggle with new players in new positions.

They added two more field goals and a touchdown, and Kappelmann completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to Shay Kerr in a 48-12 loss.

Trace Haskell, who stepped in last season to coach the basketball team, filled in for Dunlap.

“When you have bodies that probably aren’t ready to play in a varsity game, we definitely had some of that tonight,” he said. “It’s no excuse. Our jobs as coaches are to prepare the guys whether they are ready or not.”

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