Butler rolls, Hutch rolled in week 2
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
Butler was its usual self — this time on the road in Brenham, Texas — and Hutchinson wasn't its usual self — this time at home at Gowans Stadium — as Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference teams won four games and lost four against Southwest Conference schools (Texas and Oklahoma) Saturday.
Butler, the National Junior College Athletic Association's No. 5-ranked team, scored 23 unanswered points opening the game and blasted Blinn, Texas, 44-14, and No. 6 Hutchinson fell to No. 3 Navarro, Texas 41-16. Kansas had a surprising winner when Dodge City won at home by stunning No. 7 Kilgore, Texas, 27-16, and a surprising loser when unranked Trinity Valley, Texas, belted No. 12 Coffeyville 72-7.
In other games, Garden City got past Cisco, Texas, 35-21; Independence took out Southeast Prep, Texas, 24-20; Highland got thumped by No. 14 NE Oklahoma A&M, 47-14; and Fort Scott lost to Tyler, Texas, 49-26.
Butler's defense didn't let Blinn rush much (100 yards) or get many yards passing (107) while the Grizzlies' offense amassed 461 yards (322 passing and 139 rushing). Quarterback Hunter Vaughn played big for Butler, completing 16-of-22 passes for 283 yards to nine different Grizzlies with four for touchdowns of 14, 15, 24 and 29 yards. "I thought our team handled the road trip very well and performed well on the field," said Butler Coach Troy Morrell. "We grew up and took a step forward in all three phases of the game. We made good strides from week one to week two."
Hutchinson got burned badly by the one-two punch of running backs Cameron Washington (16 carries for 170 yards with 90 and 1 yard touchdown runs) and Tim Wright (24 carries for 129 yards with 5, 26, 3 and 1 yards TD runs). The Blue Dragons fell behind, 28-6, in the second quarter and could never recover.
Hutchinson got 364 total yards, but managed only 88 rushing. Chase Abbington led the way with 64 of those yards on 15 carries.
Coffeyville got down big at the half (42-0) and never got anything going on either side of the football against Trinity Valley.
After playing a sluggish first half, Independence trailed SE Prep in the fourth quarter, 20-17, but rallied to win. The Pirates' defense made a stand late in the game at their 45-yard line and the offense scored three plays later on a 35-yard pass reception by Greg McKillion.
Highland had poor execution on offense and the defense "played awful," according to Coach Ryan Held, and it showed in the final score against NEO A&M. "I was very disappointed in our execution, behavior and overall play. NEO is a good team but we had so many self inflicted wounds."