Skins Rally Falls Short to Dodge City
Brock Kappelmann - September 24, 2022 6:41 am
Dodge City held off a furious homecoming Redskin rally Friday night at Gary Cornelsen Sports Complex. The Red Demons claimed a 23-15 win over the Redskins. Liberal fell behind 17-0 but rallied. Redskin quarterback Brooks Kappelmann did not play in the second half due to an injury.
Dodge City’s Chance Kerr took in a three yard touchdown at the 2:26 mark to lead 6-0 and the PAT failed. Daelyn Unzueta bolted 56 yards for a score at the 9:00 mark of the second quarter the the Demons got the two to lead 14-0. Dodge City’s Alessandro Gonzalez kicked a 30 yard field goal with 5 minutes to play in the half to lead 17-0. Liberal’s offense sputtered in the first half and turned it over with one interception. But the defense stood tall late in the half. Liberal finally orchestrated a late first half drive. Brooks Kappelmann was injured on a quarterback run to the four. But he hobbled back on the field to find Izzy Rotolo for a four yard touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the half to make it 17-7 at halftime after a Danny Landa PAT. Kappelmann sat out the second half. But wide receiver Aiday Schwindt helped lead a more potent offense in the second half. A Trystian Juarez one yard run at the 7:13 mark made it 17-13 and Liberal got the two as Schwindt found Zayden Martinez for a 17-15 game. Dodge City’s Kaden Garvalena found Isaiah Taylor for a 58 yard TD strike with 1:12 to play in the quarter to make it 23-15. Liberal through a pair on interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Trystian Juarez ran for 102 yards in the loss.
Liberal is 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the WAC. They lose their seventh straight home game against the Red Demons and fifth straight loss to Dodge overall. Dodge City is 3-1 and 1-0. Liberal hosts Garden City Friday night for Senior Night Friday with Redskin Pre-game at 6 on 1270 and 92.3. The 1992 and 1997 state championship teams will be on hand after 30 and 25 years.