Dodge City surprises Hutch in OT; Butler keeps rolling
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
Tyreis Thomas scored the game-deciding touchdown on a 1-yard run in overtime and Dodge City nipped highly-regarded Hutchinson, 40-34, to continue its rise on the state and national stages and highlight play in the Jayhawk Community College Conference on Saturday.
Elsewhere in conference action, Coffeyville continued its early season comeback — winning for the second time in two games after back-to-back losses to open the season — by defeating Fort Scott, 62-39; Butler shut out Independence, 79-0; Highland routed Midland Lutheran, Neb., 40-7. Garden City had a bye.
Hutchinson freshman Chase Abbington scored on a 2-yard pass from quarterback Luke Barnes with :06 left in regulation play to tie the score at 34. But in OT, the Blue Dragons fumbled on their second play to set up Thomas' heroics. Abbington led Hutchinson with three TDs, the others on a 24-yard pass from Barnes and on a 10-yard run. Thomas, who also had a 1-yard TD just inside the fourth quarter, rushed for a game-best 114 yards, 81 in the second half, on 23 carries.
Hutchinson has been hobbled by a flurry of injuries as the season nears the midway point. Seven starters have been sidelined during the week and five starters have been out for the last three games, according to Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades. "We have struggled with injury issues more than any season I have experienced in my 17-year career," said Rhoades. "Hopefully we can start getting some guys back.¬ We have to tighten things up in our bye week."
Charlie Wilson had a pair of TDs for home-standing Dodge City, on a 1-yard run and on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Deondre Ford. Ford had 292 passing yards thanks to 18-of-36 pass completions. William French led Dodge City receivers with eight catches for 140 yards.
Coffeyville decided its game at home against Fort Scott by outscoring the Greyhounds, 35-6, in the final quarter to erase a 33-27 deficit and account for the final score. Running back Andre Allen led that last period surge with TD runs of 18 and 14 yards. He finished with 156 yards on 17 carries, a 9.2 yard per carry average, and three TDs. His first score was the first of the game on a 3-yard run.
The Red Ravens scored a key TD when it went ahead, 27-26, in the third quarter after a 20-yard TD pass from quarterback Dakota Collins to wide receiver Akia Booker. Collins completed 12-of-24 passes for 164 yards with four TD tosses.
Butler was never pressed at home against Independence, coming up with 575 yards on 61 plays while holding the Pirates to 117 yards on 78 plays. Indy got zero yards rushing despite 48 carries. The Grizzlies got another good effort from quarterback Hunter Vaughn, who completed 8-of-14 passes for 203 yards, with TD tosses of 30, 54, 24 and 40, the last two to wide receiver Van Powell. Running back Chris Carson also scored two touchdowns, on runs of 18 (second quarter) and 3 yards (third quarter).
"It was a great overall performance by our players in all three phases of the game," said Butler coach Troy Morrell. "I thought our kids were focused and ready to play from start to finish." ¬
Butler is the only undefeated team in Kansas, perched atop the JCCC standings with a 3-0 record and with an overall mark of 4-0.