Douglass lost their district opener 34-25 to Wichita Independent.
Penalties, turnovers and injuries hurt your chances to win football games. When you have a lot of all three in one night, it makes it almost impossible.
That happened to Douglass Friday as they lost their district opener 34-25 to Wichita Independent.
Penalties stalled a drive in the red zone just before halftime and another flag called back what would have been a go-ahead touchdown late in the game.
A deflected interception at the goal line cost the Bulldogs another score in the first half.
The game could have gone much differently if Douglass running back and linebacker Austin Titus hadn’t left the game with a foot injury in the first quarter.
Titus was on crutches with ice on the foot the entire game. Rip Fraley – who played a much larger role after Titus’ injury – was also out after getting dinged up making a tackle on the Panthers’ final drive.
Facing a 4th and 1 situation with less than a minute to play, Independent got creative and found the end zone to put the game away.
The game started out great for the Bulldogs. Hunter Chadic hit Chase Banos for a 73-yard touchdown in the second play of the game. Kye Wright scored the second touchdown for Douglass on a counter play but the extra point was blocked to make the score 14-13 Panthers.
After Independent scored again, Chadic found Banos running free again – this time for 77 yards and a score. The two-point try failed to leave the score 21-19. Ehtan Savoy made a great diving interception to give the Bulldogs another shot at the end zone before halftime.
As Douglass drove into the red zone, a false start penalty pushed them back and wasted valuable seconds off the clock.
On the next play, Chadic scrambled and was brought down inside the three-yard line as the final seconds ticked off in the first half.
Independent was driving in the third period and faced a 4th and 3 situation. Cadin Gustufson made a play on the pass and appeared to have given DHS the ball back but he was called for interference keeping the Panthers drive alive.
Independent scored on the next play but Banos blocked the extra point try to keep the score 27-19.
The Bulldogs got a huge kick return by savoy and scored a few plays later on a screen to Fraley. Chadic was tackled just short of the goal line on the two-pint attempt that would have tied the game.
But Douglass got the ball back and looked like they had scored on a scramble by Chadic. But a block in the back penalty called the TD back. Two passes fell incomplete after that play forcing DHS to turn the ball over on downs.
That is when Independent scored the final TD to put the game away.
Chadic was Douglass’ leading rusher as well as having a big game with his arm. He ran the ball 16 times for 66 yards. He also completed nine of 24 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Chadic was picked off four times Friday night. Banos was the leading receiver with five catches for 191 yards and two long touchdowns. Fraley had 35 yards rushing and 41 yards and a touchdown receiving.