The Dodge City Community College football team was within seconds of defeating Iowa Western a year ago.
The Conquistadors overcame a 20-point fourth quarter deficit to take a 35-34 lead with 47 seconds to play. On the Reivers final drive, a 29-yard touchdown pass with 4 seconds left was enough for them to escape with a win. The win sparked a 10-game winning streak for Iowa Western.
While the coaches and players remember the feeling of last year’s loss, head coach Gary Thomas said there is no extra motivation based off of last season’s matchup.
"We’re not looking for revenge," Thomas said. "They’re a good football team, they are going to present their own challenges. They just happen to be the next team on the list."
The Reivers come to Dodge City in a similar state as last season. Iowa Western began the season with two losses last year before winning 10 games in a row to end the season.
This year, the Reivers bounced back from two straight losses to begin the season with a pair of wins but a week five loss to Coffeyville dropped them from the rankings.
"By everything you can read statistically, they are a good football team," Thomas said. "I don’t know if physically they look like they’ve looked in the past, but their record is deceiving."
The No. 10 Conqs (5-1, 2-1) head into Saturday's matchup with Iowa Western riding a five-game winning streak. After beating Butler for the first time since 2005, Dodge City held on for a 37-32 win at Independence last week.
The 37 points scored against the Pirates is Dodge City's season high against a Jayhawk Conference opponent.
"We're scoring when we get short fields and opportunities, we're putting our defense in favorable situations where they are not going to give up many points," Thomas said. "We just have to be able to control the football game a little bit better. We've had big plays but we haven't necessarily had a 12 play, this is what we want to do and you can't stop us, drive."
Sophomore linebacker Marquise Blair and freshman running back Rodney Murphy both earned Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week honors after the win at Independence. Blair finished with 14 total tackles and forced two turnovers that resulted in 14 points for Dodge City.
Murphy was named Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.