Memorable kick lifts Butler past Hutch
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
Robert Rawlings has had his share of memorable kicks, but it's a safe bet that he'll remember the 21-yard field goal he booted Saturday night for a long time to come.
Rawlings ended a six-overtime marathon with that goal and Butler got a, 19-16, win over Hutchinson - its 22nd in a row over the Blue Dragons since 1998. That kick at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex in El Dorado gave the Grizzlies the outright regular season Jayhawk Community College Conference championship to highlight the final weekend of conference play.
In other games involving conference teams,
Coffeyville beat Garden City, 37-34, in two overtimes and Highland beat Independence, 56-30. In a non-conference game, Fort Scott belted Arkansas Baptist, 53-36. Dodge City was idle.
Butler is the No. 1 seed in the four-team Region VI playoffs that begin next Sunday. The Grizzlies (7-1 in all games and 6-1 in conference play) will face No. 4 seeded Highland at 1:30 p.m. at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex in El Dorado. In the other game, No. 3 Hutchinson plays at No. 2 Dodge City. The winners play Nov. 10 at the site of the highest seeded team.
In a battle of National JC Athletic Association powerhouses, No. 8 ranked Butler and No. 18 Hutchinson both missed field goals in each of the first four overtimes before Hutchinson's Ryan Weese hit a 48-yard goal and Rawlings hit a 23-yard goal in the fifth OT to knot the score at 16 and set up Rawlings' heroics in the sixth OT.
Hutchinson led at the half, 13-0, before Butler regrouped and finally tied the game at 13 on a 70-yard touchdown run by Ty Suggs with 2:42 left in the third quarter. Suggs led the Grizzlies' ground game by gaining 125 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, Butler was led by linebacker Tyler Hayes, who had a dozen solo tackles and one assist, and back Brandon Dozier, who had nine tackles.
Hutchinson got an outstanding performance from quarterback Frankie Seuer, who completed 21-of-37 passes for 193 yards. He also gained 49 yards on the ground on 16 carries, scoring on a 1-yard keeper with the game only about five minutes old.
Coffeyville led Garden City by 14 points in the final quarter of regulation play, 27-13, but the Broncbusters came storming back with a pair of touchdown passes by quarterback Jake Curran to his wide receivers to tie the game at the end of regulation play at 27. The first touchdown catch came by Nile Daniel from 7 yards and the second by Brandon Snell from 10 yards. Curran finished the contest with 19-of-31 pass completions for 195 yards.
Coffeyville Toshi Hayashi scored the game-winning points when he split the uprights with a 24-yard field goal in the second OT. Garden City had a chance to win the game, but on the first play of their possession it fumbled and Coffeyville linebacker Tanner Ginavan recovered the football to put the cap on the victory on the Red Ravens' Homecoming night.