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Bombers Win Wild Game Over Dodge City

Todd Pittenger - April 12, 2014 10:58 pm

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The Salina Bombers came up big when they needed it Saturday night to come away with a wild 57 – 45 victory over the Dodge City Law at the Bicentennial Center. The win avenges a loss two weeks ago in Dodge City.

The outcome was in doubt, after Salina missed a short fieldgoal with 1:06 left in the game. Dodge City trailed by just 5, and took over at their own 9 yard line. But the Bombers defense would ice the game on the very next play. Meshak Williams put a big hit on Law quarterback Joshua Floyd as he dropped back to pass, knocking the ball free. Brandon McKinney caught the ball in mid-air, and rumbled into the endzone for a touchdown, giving the Bombers a two-score lead with :54 left, putting the crowd into a fenzy, and the game out of reach.

The game was back-and-forth from the beginning, with Dodge City taking a quick 3 – 0 lead on their first possession.

Salina would come right back, with Keithen Valentine giving the Bombers their first lead on a one yard touchdown run with 7:48 left in the first quarter.

The teams then traded scores, with Dodge City scoring on a three yard touchdown run by Dominique Carson and Salina answering right back with a 19-yard touchdwon pass from new rookie quarterback Chris Rini to Attrail Snipes.

Dodge City was threatening to score again late in the quarter, when Isiah Barfield intercepted a pass in the endzone and returned it all the way back to the Law 8 yard line.  Keithen Valentine would score his second touchdown of the quarter on an 8 yard run, and Salina led at the end of one by a score of 21 – 10.

Dodge City struck first to start the second quarter on a 2 yard touchdown run. A 2 point conversion was good, and Salina’s lead was cut to 21 – 18.

Dodge City’s defense would hold on the next possesion. Their offense took over and kept the pressure on Salina. Garrett Tidwell caught a 10 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was missed, but the Law still had their first lead 24 – 21.

The lead didn’t last long. Salina would go back in front on a 9 yard touchdown run by Keithen Valentine, his third touchdown of the half, and the Bombers lead 28 – 24.

Dodge City came right back, though. WIth just :31 left in the half the Law scored on a 9 yard touchdown pass and lead 31 – 28.

Dodge City would block a Salina fieldgoal attempt, and try a fieldgoal of their own with 2.7 seconds left in the half. The kick was no good, and the half ended with Dodge City up 31 – 28.

Salina tied the score early in the third quarter on a 39 yard fieldgoal. The Bombers then took the lead with 5:27 to play in the quarter after quarterback Chris Rini snuck it in from 1 yard out. The PAT was no good, and Salina led 37 – 31.

It appeared that Salina would take a lead into the fourth quarter. But Dodge City scored on a 29 yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock. The Law led 38 – 37 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter started just like it would end, with a scoring play that brought the crowd to its feet. Ricky Roberts caught a 9 yard touchdown pass. A two point try was no good, but Salina was back in the lead 43 – 38.

Salina would extend the lead a few minutes later with another short run by quarterback Chris Rini. The Bombers led 50 – 38 with 7:04 left in the game.

Dodge City would not go quietly, though. On the very first play after the ensuing kickoff, the Law scored on a 35 yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 5, trailing 50 – 45.

Salina had a chance to extend the lead to 8 with 1:06 left in the game. But a missed fieldgoal would set up the heroics of Williams and McKinney.

Salina is now 4 – 1 on the season, while Dodge City falls to 3 – 3. Salina is off next week before hosting Sioux City on April 26th.

Bob Bowser

April 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Regarding the travelling trophy… are they rewriting history claiming Salina had ANYTHING to do with the Santa Fe Trail? LOL

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