Dumas and Springtown met in Midland at Grande Communications Field for the state quarterfinal matchup, where Dumas was considered the home team. Springtown came to play and matched well with Dumas. In fact, they matched almost too well as Springtown held Dumas to 380 yards of total offense, while the Porcupines were able to put up 446 yards on the Demons to get the victory.
There has been excitement and an amount of energy in Dumas that has not been seen in a long time. Leading up to the matchup Dumas head coach Aaron Dunnam said the players have been enjoying this historic ride.
"Kids having a lot of fun," he said. "Really excited about what we're doing and kids just really excited right now."
Dunnam said before the game there were two comparable football team going head to head in the game.
"We're very similar," he said. "It's really two similar football teams going at each other. They're really talented. They got a really good tailback. Run the football just like we do and fly around on defense."
The plan going into the game, as in most games, was to control the line of scrimmage.
"Definitely think we have to control the line of scrimmage on both both sides of the football," Dunnam said before the game. "I think every possession is key."
He also added controlling the football and creating turnovers are important factors for getting a win.
As it turned out, Dumas appeared overwhelmed with Springtown's offense. Springtown showed up to play.
Dumas won the toss to begin the game and deferred to the second half.
On their opening drive, Springtown got on the board first as Cameron Rickett ran for 15 yards when the ball popped loose but fell into the end zone and recovered by Aaron Foster of Springtown for the score.
With 4:29 left in the first quarter, Spencer Williams rushed for eight yards and a score to tie the game at seven. It appeared it was going to be a back-and-forth matchup when Springtown was driving and Caleb Suggs intercepted a pass from Camden Chesney for a pick-six. And just like that, Dumas was on top 14-7 with 2:46 left in the quarter.
The Porcupines had possession at the beginning of the second quarter and just seconds into the quarter, Rickett ran for a 39-yard score. The extra point was good and the score was tied at 14.
As Dumas drove on their next possession, Williams was intercepted for another Springtown score. The Porcupines scored two more times in the second quarter to pull ahead 35-14. Then, on their final drive of the half, Dumas got on the board with a 47-yard field goal by Ah Lee Yart.
The score at the half was 35-17.
Dumas received the kickoff and the second play of their opening drive resulted in another interception in Dumas territory. Rickett got the carry for a short touchdown run. The extra point put Springtown over Dumas 42-17.
The Demons scored on their next drive as Williams rushed from six yards out to cut the lead 42-24. However, a couple of minutes later Springtown scored again on a 63-yard run by Foster and built the lead 49-24 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.
Springtown scored again with seconds left in the quarter and extended their lead 56-24.
The hopes of moving forward to the next round were being dashed by the Porcupines. The Demons hung in there in continued to play, but victory seemed far out of reach. They did manage to shut out Springtown in the final quarter and mounted a late, short-lived comeback.
With 4:41 left in the game, Williams connected with Kyle Stroebel for a 12-yard score. Dumas trailed 56-31. James Bednorz recovered the kickoff by Yart. Dumas made quick work of the short field as Williams completed a pass to Louis Ortiz for a 41-yard touchdown. They converted the two-point try with a pass to Jacob Mares. Dumas cut the lead 56-39 with 4:29 left in the game.
Dumas could not get the ball back before time expired. They dropped the state quarterfinal game to end their historic season 13-1.
The sting was heavy in the players and coaches. Dunnam told his players after the game, with tear-filled emotion, that he wasn't ready for it to end.
"Extremely proud of you," he said. "Nobody needs to hang their head tonight. I know it hurts. I hurts bad. I wasn't ready to be done. … There's only going to be one team in this deal that's going to finish and not feel like we do right now."
He told the team that he wanted to build on what they did this season, and to always remember what transpired through the season. And not just in the locker room or on the field. And not just Dumas High School.
"And it doesn't end here," Dunnam said. "It doesn't end with a football game, with a loss in a game. Everything we did this year, we talked about the things in life. It wasn't about a game. We lost a football game tonight to a pretty good football team. "Don't forget what you've done. … Don't forget who we are. Don't forget the things we did this year. Don't forget all the things that are being talked about. Don't forget the impact that you made on your community. "
In his emotional speech, he also thanked the athletic training staff, coaches and cheerleaders for all their work and time invested into this program.
Dumas had a remarkable season. They went unbeaten for the first time in 22 years. They got a playoff win and made a deep playoff run in more that 50 years.
Passing yards 226
Rushing yards 154
Total yards 380
First downs 19
Third downs 4/11
Fourth downs 1/2
– 12-of-24, 226 yards, 2 TDs
– 11 carries for 77 yards, 2 TDs
– 4 catches for 98 yards, 1 TD
Jacob Mares 17/43
Louis Ortiz 1/18
Cto Rodriguez 3/12
Victor Chavez 1/2
Damian Orozco 1/2
Louis Ortiz 4/98
Damian Orozco 4/64
Juan Romero 1/39
Kyle Stroebel 2/17
Jacob Mares 1/8
Cade Cox – 6 tackles
Dallan Dill – 5 tackles
Brayden Boggs-Rushing – 4 tackles
Javier Martinez – 2 tackles
Caleb Suggs – 2 tackles, 1 INT
Ah Lee Yart – 1 tackle
Josh Turner – 1 tackle
Spencer Williams – 1 tackle
James Bednorz – .5 tackles
Broc Kinikin – .5 tackles
Christian Carrera – .5 tackles
Yart kicked one field goal and four XPs, three punts for 125 yards.
Martinez had two kick returns for 53 yards.