Hutchinson wins two in four days; Dodge City on top of standings
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
Hutchinson may have been thrown for a loop when its game with the Air Force Prep wasn't played on Oct. 5 because of the government shutdown, but the Blue Dragons came out smelling like a rose by winning two games in four days by a combined, 108-0, score.
Hutchinson pounded Independence, 58-0, in a Jayhawk Community College Conference game on Saturday night after blasting the Bethany College junior varsity, 50-0, Wednesday in a non-conference game.
In other conference games last weekend, Highland won on the road over Garden City, 20-17, and Dodge City won at home against Coffeyville, 33-27. Butler and Dodge City had byes. Dodge City is now on top of the eight-team conference standings with a 5-1 record while half-a-step behind are Butler and Hutchinson, both 4-1. The four-team Region VI playoffs are scheduled for Nov. 3 and 10.
Hutchinson shut out Independence to stay in the hunt for the conference regular season championship. It was the Blue Dragons' eighth straight win over the Pirates, their 25th in the teams' last 26 meetings. Running backs Chase Abbington and Orange Mooney accounted for five touchdowns for Hutchinson, Abbington scoring on runs of 41, 6 and 21 yards and Mooney scoring on runs of 5 and 25 yards.
The Blue Dragons scored 30 unanswered points in the second period to take an insurmountable, 37-0, lead at the half. They totaled 486 yards and limited Independence to only 25 yards, 53 passing and -28 rushing.
Hutchinson won over the Bethany JV in its first-ever meeting with that school thanks in part to a 29-point opening period. The winners amassed a huge margin in first quarter yardage, 144-14, and then cruised, finishing with 329 yards, 201 passing.
Defensively, the Blue Dragons gave up season lows of three first downs, 45 passing yards, -14 rushing yards and 31 total yards. "I am proud of our players and how they handled an unusual week," said Hutchinson Coach Rion Rhoades. "We have put three fairly solid consecutive games together."