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Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:34

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Syris Dunlap runs down the sideline before being tackled in the firts quarter in Wichita Friday night against Wixhita North. Dunlap scored four times in a 40-6 Liberal win.  L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

WICHITA — Liberal only needed three minutes to reach the end zone for the first of five touchdowns in a 40-6 rout of Wichita North Friday night.

After struggling to move the ball against the Hays Indians a week ago, the Redskins ran the ball for 317 yards and threw for 66 more for a total of 383 yards of offense.

While the offense was moving the ball up and down the field, the Redskins had North struggling to establish any rhythm.

Wichita North only gained 141 yards all night.

The Redskins started the scoring frenzy with a 65-yard, 11-play drive that ended with an eight yard touchdown run by Syris Dunlap.

Liberal opted for a two-point conversion, and the Redskins took an early 8-0 lead.

Liberal had another 11-play drive on its second possession, this time for 80 yards that ended with a five-yard touchdown run by Dunlap, and another two-point conversion led to a 16-0 lead.

North followed with their best drive of the game, a 17-play, 80-yard drive that was aided by three penalties on the Redskin defense, and quarterback  Troy Jones crossed the goal line after a three-yard dive, and North cut Liberal’s lead to 16-6.

Liberal had a chance to add another touchdown before the half, but Dunlap was stopped six inches short of the end zone on the last play of the half, and the Redskins had to settle for a 16-6 halftime lead.

Wichita North turned the ball over on the first drive of the secund half ona  fumble, and the Redskins only needed five plays to move 39 yards, and Dunlap scored his third touchdown on an 11-yard run that gave Liberal a 24-6 lead.

Liberal later took over when North could not convert a fourth down play at their own 40 yard line, and after a holding penalty against the Redskins, Dunlap scampered 50 yards for  his fourth touchdown of the game, and the Redskins had a 32-6 lead.

Liberal coach Jason Dunlap started to make substitutions, and freshmen Jaylin Staten added Liberal’s final score of the game on a 22-yard touchdown run that gave the Redskins a 40-6 lead.

The Redskins defense continued to deny North a chance to reach the end zone late in the fourth quarter, and the Redskins moved to 3-1 with the win.

“We limited penalties but you have to do that against a different calibre opponent, which are those Buffaloes for us,” Dunlap said. “We have to continue to battle and continue to learn.”

Dunlap said he is able to roam at practice and dive into a variety of areas because he has a coaching staff that is doing their jobs.

“I have a staff in pace I like, and it lets me float,” he said. “So (Syris) Dunlap’s play tonight is a testament to coach (Rustin) Watt. He is doing his job, and that lets Syris do his.”

Dunlap is still implementing his system, but Friday was a step forward in getting the Redskins where he wants them to be.

“For us, it is being selfless, to take the extra step for your teammate,” he said. “We have to continue to work, to learn the scheme, and get better week in and week out.”

Liberal showcased a short pass game for the first time all season, and it allowed the Redskins to keep drives alive.

“We want to go vertical every week,” Dunlap said. “If you let us, we will. If not we will take what they give. The routes were run better than any game this year. Sometimes it makes your quarterback look bad, but tonight they made him look pretty good.”

Still, Dunlap wanted better, even from the defense.

“We’ve got to limit penalties,” he said. “We had four penalties on one drive. That can cost you next week, the next game, the next series. They followed the scheme, they executed it well.”

The Redskins will host Garden City at Redskin Field Friday

 

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