Dodge City Law Defeat Lincoln Haymakers, 58-41
April 21, 2014 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Dodge City Law News Release
The Dodge City Law (4-3) started the second half of their inaugural season off right by earning a 58-41 victory over the Lincoln Haymakers (2-5) on Saturday night at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City.
The Law got out to an early 14-0 lead following a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Floyd to wide receiver Mo Young and a 21-yard touchdown by linebacker Walner Leandre after a blocked kick.
Throughout the first half the Law played well on offense and special teams. Most notably, running back D.D. Holyfield scored on a 4-yard run and running back Dominique Carson scored on a 16-yard run and a 50-yard kickoff return.
In contrast with the stellar play of the Law offense during the first half, the Law defense, especially the defensive secondary, struggled mightily.
Lincoln quarterback Chuck Wright was seemingly able to penetrate the defense at will and threw touchdown passes of 33, 26, and 24 yards to wide receiver Nick Rhodes.
Law Assistant Head Coach Demetrius Ross, who also serves as defensive coordinator, admitted that the defense did not play as well as it should have during the first half.
"We weren't playing at the level we are capable of playing during the first half," Ross said. "Everybody on the defensive side of the ball has to take responsibility for that, including me."
"At halftime, I challenged the guys to go out and play better during the second half and I feel like they did that," Ross added.
After scoring a combined 71 points during the first half, Dodge City and Lincoln both cooled off in the second half.
The only scores in the third quarter came when Lincoln kicker Benny Hanaphy hit a 41-yard field goal and Dodge City kicker Alex Fambrough kicked an 8-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Law quarterback Josh Floyd threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kendrick Ings and a 5-yard touchdown pass to newly-signed wide receiver David Lewis.
Lincoln quarterback Chuck Wright and wide receiver Nick Rhodes teamed up for their fourth touchdown of the night in the middle of the final frame on a 3-yard passing play.
Law Head Coach Sean Ponder felt good about how the offense performed in the victory.
"Offensively, we played really well tonight," Ponder said. "As a group, they played probably their best game of the season. We scored every time we had the ball with the exception of the final possession of the game. The O-line was able to protect the quarterback and we were able to run the ball and pass the ball pretty consistently all night. It was a good game for us."
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