Butler, Hutch wins set up de facto title game Saturday
By TONY JIMENEZ
Special to The Telegram
It didn't take long for Butler to score against Coffeyville Saturday night but once it did it was more of the same in a rivalry that has been one-sided for nearly two decades.
On the road, the Grizzlies went 65 yards in six plays after Coffeyville came up empty-handed on its first drive of the game. Butler went on to lead at the half, 32-0, before winning handily, 53-6, in a Jayhawk Community College Conference game. In other conference games, unranked Garden City surprised No. 11 National JC Athletic Association rated Dodge City, 41-22, and Hutchinson scored a heart-thumping comeback against Fort Scott to win, 63-39. Highland and Independence had byes.
Butler's win over Coffeyville was its 23rd in a row in string that began in 1998. Coffeyville is winless against Butler in six games in Veteran's Memorial Stadium, which opened in 2001. Quarterback Hunter Vaughn again led the way for Butler, with 22-of-34 pass completions for 297 of his team's 540 yards. The defense did its part by holding Coffeyville to 188 total yards.
Hutchinson should be primed for its conference championship game at Butler Saturday night (both teams are 5-1 in conference play) after rallying from 22 points down to win.
The Blue Dragons trailed Fort Scott, 36-14, on the road after JoNathan Alford galloped 63 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half, with 14:43 left in the third period. Hutchinson had 104 total yards while Fort Scott had 147 rushing yards in the first half and the winners also lost quarterback Luke Barnes to an injury late in the first quarter. Things looked bleak for the Blue Dragons.
But then they began the biggest comeback in school history thanks in large part to backup QB Frankie Seurer. After Alford's score, the Blue Dragons outscored the Greyhounds, 49-3, the rest of the game to get the breath-taking win. Seurer accounted for 234 passing yards with 14-of-25 completions, three for TDs, to lead Hutchinson to its fourth straight victory.
The defense actually won the game for the Blue Dragons. Back Jaylon Myers, who has a National JC Athletic Association-best eight pass interceptions, picked off a pass and returned it 66 yards for a TD with 6:31 left in the game to account for the final score.
Dodge City could have finished with at least a tie for first place in the final standings - and done it at home - but Garden City made sure it didn't. Tyreek Hill (RB-WR-QB-RET.) spurred the Broncbusters with 200 yards rushing on 12 carries with two touchdowns and three pass catches for 109 yards and one TD.