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September 19th, 2019

syrisrunSyris Dunlap escapes a tackle attempt by Guymon’s Henry Morales Friday night at Redskin Field. Dunlap ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns and threw for two more in a 69-0 drubbing of the Tigers in the first game of the season for the Redskins. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Battling turf toe and falling short in close games a year ago seemed like a distant memory Friday night at Redskins Field for quarterback Syris Dunlap. The Liberal Redskin standout ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns and threw for two more in a 69-0 blowout win over Guymon.

The winning touchdown was scored in the first 12 seconds of the game when Malcolm Wiltshire took the opening kick-off at the 10 yard line and ran 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Redskins never looked back.

Liberal unveiled its new spread offense and only ran 31 offensive plays all game, but they were deadly. The Redskins racked up 394 yards of total offense for an average of 12.7 yards per play.

Liberal showed its ability to mix the run and the pass in the first half, running an even split of runs and passes and having success with both.

With the Tigers having to defend the entire field, the Redskins were able to pass and run at will.

Dunlap broke free for a 25-yard touchdown run on an option keeper in the first quarter after two pass attempts before the run, and on Liberal’s next possession, Dunlap started to scramble to his right, but when he reached the line of scrimmage he lofted a 40-yard pass to Braxton Hyde down the sideline for a touchdown after the defense began to react to the possible run.

Dunlap’s athleticism was a threat the entire first half, and Guymon had to try to contain his running ability with the added threat of the pass.

The Tigers struggled to stop both.

While the offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense was wreaking havoc on the Tigers.

Guymon punted on their first two possessions before Shay Kerr intercepted a pass on Guymon’s third possession, and on their fourth, Kwamie Williams recovered a Guymon fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

In the first eight minutes of the game, Liberal had a 38-0 lead.

The Tigers had their first first down of the game when the Redskins were called for roughing the punter, and Guymon converted a fourth-and-10 pass for a first down on the same drive.

But those would be the only two first downs against the Angry Red defensive starters all night.

The drive came to an end moments later when Hunter Hatcher intercepted a pass.

Four plays later, Elijah McCarter was in the end zone with a two-yard touchdown run and a 46-0 Liberal lead.

After another Guymon punt, the Redskins took over deep in their own territory, and after Dunlap was stopped for a one-yard loss on first down, he broke free on the next play for an 86-yard touchdown run that showed his turf toe from last year was no longer na issue. With only one Tiger with the angle to make the tackle 25 yards away from the goal line, Dunlap baited the defender by running closer to him, and then sprinted back toward the sideline and pulled away for the score.

Still, with a 54-0 lead, the Redskins weren’t done, and the game was only in the second quarter.

Shay Kerr recovered a Guymon fumble on the next series, and he was rewarded ona  third-and-10 with a pass from Dunlap. Kerr broke through the defense for a 45-yard touchdown reception, and the Redskins had a 62-0 halftime lead.

Kerr recovered another Guymon fumble on the next possession, and the Redskins had a final scoring opportunity in the first half.

Dunlap completed a pass to Hyde for what appeared to be a 40-yard touchdown, but Liberal was called for a lineman downfield.

After a pair of runs by McCarter set the Redskins up at the 22 yard line, Dunlap again competed a pass to Hyde in the end zone only to have it called back for a lineman downfield.

With a running clock already implemented in the first half, Liberal ran out of time on the final scoring chance of the half and settled for the 62-0 lead.

Several Redskins saw their night come to an early end at half, including Dunlap.

Kerr finished out the abbreviated second half and broke free for a 42-yard touchdown run.

Both teams only had two possessions with the running clock, and the Redskins cruised to the 69-0 win.

“The first quarter we did things the way we wanted to,” Liberal coach Jason Dunlap said. “We have to play a little faster, but I was pleased with the win and the effort.”

The starters only played one half, and Dunlap refused to let his offense run plays in the final minutes, taking a delay of game penalty so the running clock could continue.

“You don’t want to run the score up on anybody,” he said. “But the key is to get your kids minutes. You don’t know when you will have a close game. You have to have the quarters and minutes in, play through situations, and be ready to face some adversity.”

With a healthy Syris Dunlap at quarterback, the Redskins were more of a threat.

“ I pray he stays healthy,” Dunlap said. “But I saw Shay Kerr step up. He put himself in position for next week. No one’s job is safe. I saw good things from both quarterbacks tonight.”

Kerr had a standout game receiving a pass for a touchdown, scoring a two-point conversion, rushing for a touchdown, intercepting a pass and recovering two Guymon fumbles.

“We have a sophomore we like,” Dunlap said. “He made himself a runner. Shay couldn’t run out of sight in an hour in seventh grade. He has been in the weight room and hasn’t missed a day in three years. He can run. We trust his legs, his hands and his arm. He will make a great player for Liberal.”

Liberal’s only concern may be the status of Wiltshire who twisted his ankle in the first half.

“We have to have him back,” Dunlap said.

Liberal will travel to Wichita North Friday in an effort to redeem last year’s 13-6 loss. Wichita North lost its opener to Wichita South, 47-6.

“We know they will be well coached,” Dunlap said. “We will start tomorrow getting ready.”

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