The Dumas Demons (10-0) put their undefeated record on the line in a bi-district playoff game against the Hirschi Huskies (5-4) of Wichita Falls. The two teams met at neutral Lowery Field in Lubbock, TX to see who will keep their playoff dreams alive and fight for the High School 4A D1 Championship. Despite Hirschi’s record, their offense has put up nearly as many total points as Dumas this year — Hirschi put up 349 points in the regular season while Dumas scored a total of 387. But the other side of the ball showed a more interesting story. The Demon’s defense had only allowed 125 points all year while Hirschi had allowed more than twice that at 280.
The Demons won the coin toss and elected to kick in the first half. The Huskies took advantage of their opening drive and marched 75 yards down the field. They would strike first when quarterback Tryston Randall found receiver Antonio Wiley for a touchdown. The Demons responded with a touchdown of their own in the 2nd quarter when quarterback Spencer Williams kept the ball on an option play near the goal line, walking in from 1 yard out. After a few possession changes, each team’s defense would force the other to punt keeping the score tied at 7 to 7. As the first half was winding down, Dumas special teams bobbled a punt return deep at their own 15 yard line and Hirschi came away with the ball. Three plays later, Chris Murray would rush for the Huskies second touchdown giving them the lead going into halftime.
After a back and forth 3rd quarter, Dumas began to pull closer to Hirschi by adding 9 more points. Hirschi put up 3 more points of their own making the score Hirschi 17 and Dumas 16. Neither team was giving up much on defense. In the 4th quarter, after Dumas held Hirschi to a 3 and out series, the Huskie’s punt team mishandled a high snap allowing Dumas to recover the ball. Starting their drive with excellent field position it only took a few plays for the Demon’s Cito Rodriguez to punch into the endzone for a 5 yard touchdown run — giving the Demons their first lead of the game. With the score 22 to 17, Dumas would keep applying pressure as they forced a fumble on the very next Husky drive seemingly guaranteeing them the win. But only 2 plays later, Hirschi would come up with a crucial fumble recovery of their own. With just over a minute left in the game, Hirschi launched a final effort to try and reach the Demon’s endzone. But Dumas showed its grit when they stopped the Huskies 4 plays in a row causing a turnover on downs. It was finally over. The Demons pulled off an incredible 4th quarter comeback, and earned their first playoff win in 22 years.
When asked by ABC7’s Sports ‘The Blitz’ about what turned the game in their favor Coach Dunnam said, “I don’t really know what the turning point was, I just think our kids have never given up. It was a tough fought ball game. Both ways. It’s our kids staying true to the process and true to what we’re doing.”
The Demons will face the Seminole Indians (8-3) on Thursday, Nov. 21st at 7:00pm in the second round of the playoffs. The game will take place in Plainview.
Watkins, Matthew. “The Blitz: Bidistrict High School football scores” Interview by Corbin Voges. ABC7 News, 15 Nov. 2019, abc7amarillo.com/sports/the-blitz/the-blitz-bidistrict-high-school-football-scores.