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October 17th, 2019

kerrtouchdownShay Kerr catches a 13-yard touchdwon pass from Syris Dunlap in the first quarter against Garden City. The Redskins led 12-6 at half but didn’t score in the second half while the Buffaloes found the end zone three times, and Liberal lost 26-12. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

Leader & Times

For one half, the Liberal Redskins had corralled the Garden City Buffaloes and moved the ball with ease to take a 12-6 lead.

But Liberal had the script flipped in the second half, and the Redskins extended their losing streak in the Western Athletic Conference to six straight dating back to last year’s 0-4 run through the WAC with a 26-12 loss.

Liberal blended the run and pass in the first half. Liberal needed 21 running plays to gain 109 yards but only five passing plays to gain another 109.

Syris Dunlap had eight first half carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, and he completed four of five passing attempts for 109 yards including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Shay Kerr.

The first-half attack led to 26 offensive plays and 218 yards.

But the second half numbers looked much different.

Liberal’s first 22 of 25 plays of the second half were all running plays, and the Redskins only attempted one pass after their initial drive of the third quarter until the final three minutes of the fourth quarter when they trailed by two touchdowns.

Of those 22 runs in the second half, Dunlap carried 19 of them including a fourth-and-one at the Buffalo eight yard line, where he was stuffed on a dive up the middle on a nine-play drive where Dunlap carried the ball on eight of those plays.

After gaining 218 yards on 26 plays in the first half, Liberal only gained 128 yards on 34 plays in the second half.

Garden City scored on three straight possessions to start the second half, and Liberal had its first drive stall at the Buffalo 37, a three-and-out that ended with a punt, and a drive to the Buffalo 8 yard line that ended with a turnover on downs after being stopped on fourth-and-one.

The Buffaloes took over with 9:25 to play and ran almost seven minutes off the clock with a punishing running game that took 12 plays and ended with a touchdown run and a 26-12 Buffalo lead.

With only 2:42 on the clock, Dunlap started the next drive with two scrambles for gains of 13 and 17 yards before throwing three straight incompletions when Redskin receivers failed to make catches, and he was sacked for an 11-yard loss on fourth down.

Liberal’s defense forced a punt with 1:34 to play, and Dunlap completed two passes to Kerr for gains of six and 15 yards, but and incompletion in between those two passes and four straight incompletions after gave the ball back to the Buffaloes who ran out the clock, and the Redskins fell 26-12.

“Our kids played hard,” Liberal coach Jason Dunlap said. “I thought they were up for the task. I felt like we won the game except for inside the 20s.”

Completing drives hurt the Redskins.

“We have to figure it out,” Dunlap said. “They played hard and gave the effort. I have to figure it out. Staff will get it figured. We just have to keep playing hard, practice hard and get better.”

Dropped passes late hurt the Redskins.

“They tried their best,” Dunlap said. “No one play cost us the game. We have to continue to work hard.”

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