Red Dogs come from behind to edge Warriors

04/23/03 NIFL Fan Article by Philip J. Rogich, Syracuse, UT

The Warriors traveled to Rapid City last Saturday to face the Red Dogs. This was to be a re-match of a pre-season game which the Warriors won 71-16. After one half of play, the Warriors looked to have this game in hand. They scored touchdowns on every possession. The Red Dogs, however had other ideas.

The Warriors got the ball first and drove 36 yards. The drive ended with a Ragsdale to Quinn 15 yard touchdown pass. The PAT by Garces failed. The Red Dogs had to settle for a 35 yard Turner field goal on their first drive. On the Warriors second possession a 33 yard pass interference call against Rapid City put the ball on their own 2 yard line. Omar Bacon scored on a two yard run. Rapid City then answered back with a with a 14 yard Bryant to Speed touchdown pass. The first quarter end Utah ahead 13-10.

The second quarter started with Utah and Rapid City trading touchdowns. The Warriors then scored two more times. The first was an Omar Bacon 1 yard touchdown rush. The second was a 7 yard Ragsdale to Quinn touchdown pass. Emmitt White added two points on a conversion. Rapid City managed to score once more before the end of the half, on a 1 yard Adams touchdown run. The half ended with Utah up 34-24. The Red Dogs had not found a way to stop the Warrior’s scoring machine.

The third quarter consisted on two time consuming dives by both teams. The Red Dogs had the ball first and drove 22 yards in five minutes. The drive ended on an Owens 4 yard touchdown rush. Utah got the ball and drove to the Rapid city 1 yard line. They had the ball 1st and goal on the 1 yard line. The Red Dogs came up with a big goal line stance. The Warriors turned the ball over on downs at the Rapid City 1.5 yard line. For the first time this season the Warriors were held scoreless in a quarter. The quarter ended with Utah still up 34 -31, however the Red Dogs were starting to make a move.

In the final quarter the Red Dogs scored first to take their first lead of the game. The Warriors got the ball and drove 44 yards only to be stopped on the Rapid City 6 yard line. The Red Dogs took over on downs and scored another touchdown. It was an Owens 3 yard touchdown run. The Warriors got the ball with 3:34 and down 11 points. Utah drove 44 yards in five plays. Ragsdale hit Grow with a 26 yard pass for the score. It was Cory Grow’s second touchdown of the night. Ragsdale then went to Grow again the two point conversion. Utah was now down by only 3. Rapid City had to settle for a field goal. The Warriors started the dive with 1:06 left in the game and down by only 6 points. Ragsdale and company were still in the game. The Warriors made it to the Rapid City 12 yard line. Danny Ragsdale was then picked off at the goal line by Rickie Davis. It was the first turnover of the game. The Warriors almost had one more chance when the Red Dogs fumble on their second kneel down but they were able to recover their own ball. The game ends with the Red Dogs winning 48-42.

This was a well-played game by both teams. They combined for 642 total yards and there was only one turnover. Danny Ragsdale and Cory Grow once more proved to be a deadly combination for the Warriors. Ragsdale lead all quarterbacks. He was 25 of 37 for 234 yards, 4 TD, & 1 INT. Cory Grow lead all receivers with 100 yards, 2 touchdowns and a two point conversion. Jason Quinn had 61 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns, while Omar Bacon had 51 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. Trevor Bell had a 108 yards returning kicks. The defense was lead by Jason Potter with 7 tackles, 2 of which were for a loss and 2 pass deflections. Bell and Kojima each had 6.5 tackles, while Garrett White had 5. The key to this win for the Red Dogs were the two goal line stands. Utah retains the number one spot in the Pacific West, while Rapid City moves up to the number two spot.

Rapid City will come to Utah on May 24th. Look for Utah to get revenge in front of the home town fans. Utah is back at home this week to face the Sioux Falls Storm. The Storm lost their last game.. They dropped from 2nd to 3rd in the Pacific West. The Storm average about 37 points per game while the Warriors average about 54 points per game. The Warriors should out-score the Storm but time will tell, if they will weather the Storm.


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