Focused Heights blows out Dodge City 32-3
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The tape told Heights defensive lineman Aderio Ammons everything he needed to know about Dodge City.
The Red Demons quarterback, Kelan Newton, was really good. He would try to pick them apart in different ways with screens and quick slants and then, eventually, hed go up top.
We felt like a lot of the game was going to be on the defensive line and whether or not we could get pressure on (Newton), Ammons said. We wanted to get him out of the pocket ... to not give him time to pass or even make decisions.
And thats what Ammons and Co. went and did, harassing Newton and the Dodge City offense while the Falcons offense did their part on the way to a 32-3 victory. The win improved Heights to 2-1 headed into next weeks City League showdown with Kapaun Mount Carmel. It was the first loss for Dodge City, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A.
Heights defense yielded 126 yards of total offense, including 14 rushing yards. Dodge Citys lone score came on a field goal in the waning minutes of the game and via several unsportsmanlike conduct penalites and a defensive holding that put the Red Demons in field-goal range.
We feel like the defense is the strength of our team, Heights coach Terry Harrison said. Im extremely proud of them. We also have high expectations for our offense, and just because we have a couple of guys out with injuries, thats not going to be an excuse.
Heights ground game chewed up the clock and the ground behind big games from newly-minted starter Darvin Batiste (127 rushing yards) and Tre King (100 rushing yards).
Kings 59-yard run on Heights first possession set up a three-yard touchdown run by Grant Smallwood for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Heights scored touchdowns on four out of five possessions in the first half, and its lone non-scoring possession came after Heights quarterback Trenton Autry fumbled after a deep run into Dodge City territory.
Autry, who rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns, made up for it on the Falcons next possession by hitting Arie Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown pass and a 26-0 lead at halftime.
We played as a unit, and the guys that were backups who stepped in made a big difference, Autry said. People might doubt us, but I think we have some good football left to be played.
And as the Falcons kept putting points on the board, Newton was left scrambling as the pocket continued to cave on him thanks to Ammons and fellow defensive linemen Carlos Taylor, Vincent Dixon and Deontre Spires. Newton finished with 112 passing yards, but didnt have a completion longer than 20 yards in the second half.
We were all locked in going into this game, we wanted to get after (Newton), Heights defensive back Kyle Martin said. (Harrison) had us focused, he wanted to win bad and so did we. The defensive line did an excellent job. A great job. (Newton) was scrambling all night and couldnt get comfortable and thats because of them.
HSmallwood 3 run (Rodriguez kick)
HMcCray 1 run (Rodriguez kick)
HAutry 4 run (kick failed)
HJohnson 19 pass from Autry (kick failed)
HAutry 9 run (kick failed)
DCSchulte 45 FG
Rushing Dodge City, Newton 9-(-23), Trent 2-1, Middleton 8-36; Heights, Autry 19-90, King 12-100, Smallwood 5-49, Batiste, 13-127, Wiley 7-28.
Passing Dodge City, Newton 12-23-112-0; Heights, Autry 1-5-19-0.
Receiving Dodge City, Trent 3-33, Reid 2-48, Larson 3-12, Randall 3-17; Heights, Johnson 1-19.