Liberty Still Winless After Loss To Dodge City

The Salina Liberty dropped to 0-4 on the season after their second straight loss to the Dodge City Law Saturday night, 87-42.

The Liberty saw their only lead of the game come on the opening drive when Drew O’Brien connected with a 23 yard field goal to make it 3-0.

Dodge City responded with a one play drive when Daniel McKinney caught a 22 yard touchdown pass from Rudy Johnson. The extra point was no good, but the Law had a 6-3 to lead and they never looked back.

The Law added a 36 yard interception return for a touchdown by Caleb Young, a 45 yard touchdown run by Rudy Johnson and a safety to take a 21-3 at the end of the opening quarter.

Dodge City added two more touchdowns in the first minute of the second quarter. Rudy Johnson connected with D.J. Abnar for a 6 yard touchdown pass and Eli Johnson returned another Liberty interception for a 20 yard touchdown and the Law had a 35-3 lead.

The Liberty’s first touchdown of the night came just 18 seconds later when Jeffery Cameron caught a 25 yard touchdown pass from Joshua Floyd, Jr., which cut the Law lead to 35-10.

Dodge City answered back on the ensuing possession when Jaylen McCloney scored on a one yard run, extending the lead to 42-10.

The Liberty responded with back-to-back O’Brien field goals of 35 and 21 yards to cut the Law lead to 42-16, but Dodge City would end the first half scoring with a 5 yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Brandon Venson and the Law lead was 49-16 at halftime.

Dodge City opened the second half with two scores all but ensuring there would be no comeback attempts by the Liberty as there had the previous week. Abnar scored on a 12 yard and McKinney caught a 14 yard pass from Johnson and the Law lead was 63-16.

Salina would finally answer back when Floyd connected with Tracy Brooks from 3 yards out to cut the Law lead to 63-23. The Law scored on their next possession on a 5 yard pass from Johnson to McKinney to make the score 70-23.

The Liberty had the final score of the third quarter with a 36 yard touchdown pass from Floyd to Joe Kassanavoid. The extra point was no good and the Law lead stood at 70-29 heading into the final quarter.

Dodge City would waste no time adding to their lead. Just seven seconds into the 4th quarter, backup quarterback Andrew Jackson threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Hussein Scott extending the Law lead to 77-29.

The Liberty would score on their next possession when Floyd again connected with Cameron for a 2 yard touchdown pass and the Law lead was cut to 77-35. Dodge City answered back with what would be their final touchdown of the night, a 40 yard pass from Jackson to Rashads Pargo to extend their lead to 84-35. Dodge City’s final score of the night was a 24 yard field goal from Jared Wood that extended the Law lead to their biggest of the night, 87-35.

Salina, though, would end the scoring for the night with a 1 yard run by Floyd with just over two minutes to go. The Law lead was cut to 87-42 and that would be the final score.

Liberty quarterback Joshua Floyd put up impressive passing numbers in defeat on Saturday. He completed 22 out of 34 passes for 232 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. He was also the Liberty’s leading rusher with only 6 yards on 11 carries and 1 touchdown.

Leading the way for the Liberty receivers was Tracy Brooks. He caught 6 passes for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. Jeffery Cameron had 5 receptions for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns and Joe Kassanavoid caught 6 passes for 63 yards and 1 touchdown.

Defensively for Salina, Jake Lattimer led the way with 7 solo tackles. Nakia Brown also had 7 tackles, 5 of them solo. Isiah Barfield had 6 solo tackles. Brock Long also contributed with 6 tackles, 5 of them solo. The Liberty forced just one turnover on the night and did not register a sack.

Salina comes out of Saturday night’s loss a little banged up. Quarterback Josh Floyd appeared to have suffered a knee injury during the game. He came out for a few plays, but later returned. He said on social media early Sunday morning that he would be getting an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. Starting offensive lineman Kyle McManus also left Saturday night’s game with an apparent knee injury.

The Liberty, now 0-4 on the season, have now lost 11 straight games dating back to last season. Their last win was a home win over Dodge City on April 9th of last year. Saturday night’s loss was also Salina’s seventh straight road loss. The Liberty’s last and only road win came on March 12th of last year over the now defunct Chicago Eagles.

The Liberty will return home this Saturday night, April 1st to once again face the defending CIF Champion Wichita Force. Wichita left Salina with a 55-43 win back on March 5th. Wichita, now 1-3, has dropped three straight games since then. Kickoff at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center is set for 6:35 p.m.

Updated: March 26, 2017 — 4:54 pm
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