Butler bullies mistake-prone Hutch, 40-7; claims top playoff seed
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
A battle between the best two teams in the Jayhawk Community College Conference and National JC Athletic Association-ranked teams turned lopsided as Butler defeated Hutchinson, 40-7, in the premier game in the Kansas two-year school ranks in Hutchinson on Saturday night. In another conference game, Coffeyville won a 101-point game with Garden City, 54-47. In non-conference outings, Fort Scott¬ won over Arkansas Baptist, 51-32, and Dodge City lost to the Air Force Prep, 55-13. Today Highland (1-5/2-6) is at Independence (1-5/3-5) in the final JCCC regular season game. The Region VI playoffs will kick off on Sunday with first-round games matching Garden City (6-3) at Butler (9-0) and Coffeyville (6-3) at Hutchinson (7-2). The championship game is Nov. 11. All games are at 1:30 p.m. Butler has to keep winning to have a chance at winning the NJCAA championship. The Grizzlies were ranked No. 2 and Hutchinson No. 13 in the latest NJCAA poll. Butler found itself on the bottom end of a 7-0 score against Hutchinson, but then let it all hang out to claim its 20th win in a row over the Blue Dragons, dating back to 1997.
The Grizzlies totaled 495 yards, Derrick Thomas gaining a game-best 132 yards on 30 carries with an 18-yard touchdown run and QB Billy Cosh completing 21-of-36 passes for 256 yards. He had TD passes of 15 and 25 yards to Javess Blue and 20 yards to Chris Fields. Blue latched onto nine passes for 162 yards. "This was another great win for our program," said Butler Coach Troy Morell. "I felt like our team played well in all three phases...offense, defense and special teams." Hutchinson, which played an impossible game of catch up after trailing at the half, 26-7, was topped by RB Terrell Lane who had 113 yards on 16 carries, all in the first half. He was injured and did not see any action in the second half. It was Lane's ninth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. The Blue Dragons, however, had three Luke Barnes passes intercepted and fumbled five times. Dodge City finished the season winless (0-9), once again battling from behind and trying to overcome self-inflicted wounds in falling to Air Force Prep.
Finishing with a flurry for the Conquistadors were running back Larry Walls with 135 yards on 13 carries, quarterback Logan Singhisen with 23-of-33 passes for 186 yards, wide receiver Ervin Swongers with nine passes catches for 111 yards and defensive end Marcus Hardison with 12 tackles, 11 solo, two more lost yardage. "We played well and we moved the ball but we self-destructed," said Majeski. "It was that type of year. I am disappointed in the 0-for year. The kids could have gave up but never did and you have to like that."