no 17 dodge city cc holds off pesky fort scott 17 14

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No. 17 Dodge City CC holds off pesky Fort Scott, 17-14

Dodge City Linebacker Marquis Blair makes a play during the weekends win. Photo courtesy of Dodge City CC Athletics

Dodge City Community College Athletic Communications

DODGE CITY, Kan. — Dodge City Community College coach Gary Thomas isn’t a big believer in the cliche, “It’s better to be lucky than good.”

However, the third-year Conquistador coach knows his team had its share of breaks to survive Saturday night.

The 17th-ranked Conqs’ offense benefited from Fort Scott miscues on their fourth-quarter, game-winning drive and the DC3 defense held strong for a 17-14 victory on a brisk evening at Memorial Stadium.

“We were good at times tonight, but we were more lucky than good,” Thomas said. “I’m OK with that. We just can’t do that in other games. We’ve been dominant in other games and put people away when we were physically a better team. I thought we were a better football team than them and the score says we were, but we didn’t physically dominate them at any point tonight.

“We were sloppy at best.”

Following a Fort Scott (1-5, 0-5) scoring drive that tied the game 14-14 with 13:50 left in the game, DC3 (5-1, 4-0) faced a third and 18 from its own 9 when Tommy Lazzaro threw to Christian Booker crossing over the middle. It looked like a Greyhound was going to stop Booker short of the first down, but Booker broke free for a 27-yard gain to keep the Conq drive alive.

But the DC3 drive stalled on the Fort Scott 37 as the Conqs were set to punt facing a fourth and 18. A bad snap on the punt was corralled by Dillon Burkhard and the sophomore got it off. However, a Fort Scott player attempting to block the punt hit Burkhard and was called for a personal foul to keep the DC3 drive going.

Once again the Conqs faced a third-and-long situation (third and 13 this time) from the Fort Scott 25 and Lazzaro threw to Booker. The pass was incomplete, but Fort Scott was called for pass interference to give DC3 an automatic first down at the Fort Scott 10.

Four plays later Burkhard drilled a 23-yard field goal to give the Conqs a 17-14 lead with 6:22 remaining.

The defense, like it did for much of the night, was able to get a stop and the offense got two key first downs on powerful runs by Florida commit Mark Thompson to run the clock out.

DC3 got on the board first as a 41-yard pass from Lazzaro to Justin McInnis got the Conqs to the Fort Scott 14 early in the first quarter. Three Thompson runs later – capped by a 5-yard scoring run – DC3 was in the end zone for a 7-0 advantage.

Fort Scott answered in the second quarter as a quarterback sneak from the DC3 1 by Michael Glass capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive for the Greyhounds to tie the game 7-7 with 6:05 left in the second.

The Conqs got another break late in the second quarter as a short Fort Scott punt from their side of the field set DC3 up at the Fort Scott 38. After a key third-and-long conversion on a 25-yard pass from Lazzaro to Douglas Butts set the Conqs up at the Greyhound 2, Thompson scored to make it 14-7 DC3 with 25 seconds left in the half.

“Tonight was a good team win,” Lazzaro said. “Mark (Thompson) put the team on his back when we needed it, the O-line made holes and the receivers made catches.”

Lazzaro finished 12-for-26 for 206 yards and an interception. McInnis had six catches for 128 yards while Thompson rushed for 82 yards and two scores on 27 carries.

Glass was 14-for-27 for 157 yards while rushing for 56 more yards and a score for the Greyhounds. Ron’Quavion Tarver had six catches for 67 yards for Fort Scott.

The DC3 defense held Fort Scott to 270 yards while the Conquistadors finished with 311 yards.

Antwon Turnage had a team-high nine tackles to go along with two sacks and a fumble recovery for the Conquistadors. Desmond Henderson had seven tackles and a pair of pass breakups as well for DC3.

DC3 travels to take on No. 3 Butler next Saturday.

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