Law loses early lead to Defenders, comes up short in 56-49 loss




Special to The Telegram

The Dodge City Law fell to the Oklahoma Defenders 56-49 on Saturday night at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City.

The Law got early touchdown passes from Charles McCullum to Brandon Venson and Mo Young for a 14-0 lead.

Oklahoma quarterback Zach Rasmussen put the Defenders on the board with 6:20 left in the first half when threw the first of four-touchdown passes to wide receiver Hubert Aniyam.

Kicker Tommy Fervert's extra-point attempt was blocked by Dodge City and picked-up by Walner Leandre who ran it all the way back for two points.

Law quarterback Charles McCullum helped Dodge City extend its lead to 23-6 by hooking up with wide receiver Mo Young for a 3-yard touchdown.

With a mere second left on the clock in the half, Oklahoma wide receiver Patrick Jones caught a 4-yard touchdown reception from Rasmussen, making it 23-12.

Less than two minutes into the third quarter, Aniyam, the Oklahoma wide receiver, caught his second touchdown of the night from Rasmussen.

Charles McCullum, the Law's quarterback, returned Dodge City's lead to 11 points when he threw an 8-yard touchdown to Venson.

With 4:04 left in the third quarter, Rasmussen scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper.

Then, Law wide receiver Kendrick Ings scored the first of his two receiving touchdowns of the night when he caught a 30-yard pass from McCullum.

Several minutes after a rushing touchdown by Oklahoma's Kingjack Washington near the beginning of the fourth quarter, Ings caught a 48-yard touchdown from McCullum.

Law kicker Dalton Burkhard's extra-point attempt which followed Ings' touchdown was blocked by Oklahoma and returned to the opposite end zone by Delaney Dobard.

Oklahoma pulled to within two points of the Law when Aniyam caught a 15-yard scoring reception from Rasmussen.

Dodge City running back D.D. Holyfield broke loose for a 28-yard touchdown run with 7:51 left in the game.

Then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Law was unable to bring down Oklahoma's Isaiah Anderson, who scored on a 50-yard return.

Oklahoma's Rasmussen and Aniyam scored their fourth touchdown of the night, as the Law trailed for the first time.

The Law's next game will be March 22 when they travel to play the Wichita Wild at 7:05 p.m.

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