The Dumas Demons ended up with another strong performance in all phases of the game on Friday night, Oct. 23, as the team traveled to Hereford to take on the Whitefaces. In the District 3-4A opener, Dumas came away with a 48-10 victory to set themselves up in good position to head to Canyon on Oct. 30 for a matchup with the Eagles.
"I thought we played well," Head Coach Aaron Dunnam said. "… It's the first district ball game. A lot of excitement. … Real excited about how our kids played tonight. Thought our coaches did a great job of having our kids in position, and I think our kids executed the game plan really well."
Another explosion by the Dumas offense led to the final victory. The Demons scored first when Spencer Williams connected with Juan Romero for a 14-yard score. Ah Lee Yart added the extra point and by the end of the first quarter it was 7-0. Hereford managed to kick a field goal early in the second quarter. After that, the Demons scored 41 unanswered points to claim the first district win.
The offense ran 47 plays, picking up 383 yards of total offense. Williams threw for 149 yards, completing 8-of-12 passes and three touchdowns. He also picked up 47 yards on the ground on six carries.
Dunnam said Williams was injured coming into the game, but was able to play through.
"He's a winner. He wants to play," Dunnam said. "He's extremely competitive. He came out without any issues tonight, and really led our football team and led us offensively. I can't say enough great things about him. He's a winner."
Jacob Mares was the leading rusher with 120 yards on 11 touches and two touchdowns.
Bradley Franks added to the rushing game for Dumas with 27 yards on three carries, while James Bednorz had five attempts and picked up 21 yards. Brayden Boggs-Rushing had five yards and a score. Sebastian Miramontes, Bryan Mendoza and Zytavious Torres were also in on the ground attack.
The leading receiver was Romero, who caught three passes for 66 yards and two scores. Victor Chavez and Josh Flores had two receptions and 31 yards each. Louis Ortiz found the endzone with a 21-yard reception.
The total time of possession went to Hereford, who held the ball for 27:20, while Dumas had control of it for 20:40. But with the quick-scoring offense, that was all that was needed to put the game away.
Defensively, the Demons held its opponent to only 139 yards of total offense. Leading the defense, Cade Cox and Dallan Dill each had 4.5 tackles, Broc Kinikin had 3.5, and Boggs-Rushing and Jaydan Jara each had three tackles on the night.
Also contributing to the Dumas defense were Emmanuel Ibanez, Diego Falcon, Jacob Pinales, Christian Carrera, Angel Quiroz, Oritz and Bednorz. Roberto Ruiz, Aurelio Medrano, Cannon Speck, Aaron Sierra, Uriel Aldava all had tackles in the game for the Demons. Cullen Thornburg got an interception late in the fourth quarter to officially take the game from Hereford.
Yart punted three times for 127 yards and was good on two field goals and six extra points.
"… I think it was a great team victory – offensively, defensively – I thought we really complimented each other really well tonight," Dunnam said.
Dumas next travels to Canyon to take on the Eagles at Kimbrough Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Here are the current District 3-4A standings, with Dumas in the No. 2 spot: