Law set for big season

The Law started out with their best record in years and hope to win a championship ini 2017.

There might be something special brewing just off Highway 50.

The Dodge City Law may be poised to make history. No Law team has won more than eight games in a season in franchise history but with a 6-1 start, head coach Sean Ponder and his team are well on their way.

“We’re obviously excited with our quick start,” Ponder said. “Our goal and objective is to try to be that number one seed or a the very least be the number two seed to try and secure a home playoff game.”

Offensively, the Law have been impressive, ranking fifth in the Champions Indoor Football League in points-per-game averaging a little more than 54 and third in yards-per-game with 287.1.

Racking up a lot of that yardage has been rookie quarterback Rudy Johnson who is top five in passing yards per game (181.4) and total touchdowns this season passing touchdowns (25) and he’s only thrown six interceptions so far this season.

Johnson’s dual-threat nature has also been a struggle for opponents to bottle up as the rookie has rushed for 232 yards this season which leads the team.

Ponder likes what his young back has brought to the team so far this season but stresses the importance of his offensive line, who has helped lead the way for Johnson to be so explosive.

“Rudy’s playing very well and making some good decisions but more than anything our offensive line has done a fantastic job this year in protecting our quarterback and allowing us to throw the ball,” Ponder said. “Those guys up front have really been the reason why our offense has been rolling the way it is right now.”

Adding to point totals so far this season has been two-time CIF special teams player of the week, kicker Jared Wood.

Wood ranks high in both extra points and field goals made this season but he’s also done a great job putting his defense in a good starting point by pinning opposing offenses back with his league leading 47.2 yards per kickoff.

“Jared has had a couple of games where he’s been just solid,” Ponder said. “He did a great job working on things that he needed to get better from last year and had some struggles at the beginning of the season but as of late has done a great job of being consistent in all aspects of his game.”

Defensively, the Law has been extremely opportunistic, turning over opponents a total of 21 times this season including a league leading 13 interceptions led by the effort of defensive back Tyrell Green who has grabbed six interceptions so far this season, a stat that leads the CIF.

The Law has been tops of putting pressure on their opponents as well, ranking second in the league in sacks with 17. Six of those have come from defensive end Gary Henderson who ranks second in the league in solo sacks.

“Gary’s playing at a very, very high level,” Ponder said. “We’ve got four or five guys rotating on the defensive line to try to keep them healthy and playing at a high level and it’s obvious that Gary has prospered from that. At the same time though you can’t discredit the guys that are flushing players in that direction.”

The Law are cohesive and strong with a team chemistry that Ponder says is some the best that he’s had in years.

“I think our identity more than anything else is trust,” Ponder said. “The way the guys are playing on both sides of the ball, they trust each other. There’s a good group of players that are in it and believe in one another and they’ve been getting the job done. I don’t think I’ve coached a team in the last 10 years that has the chemistry and team trust that this one has. They are a joy to coach and be around.”

The Law are off this weekend but will return to action next week as the start of a two-game road trip before returning home to United Wireless Arena on May 13th try to win their 11th home game in a row versus the Duke City Gladiators. Each game brings them one step closer to their goal of winning a Championship.

“I think that our confidence level is pretty high,” Ponder said. “Our players aren’t afraid to play anybody at any place at any time. That’s their mentality.”

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