Iowa Central 54, Hutchinson 16
A fruitful start to the Blue Dragons’ season had a rotten ending Saturday. Iowa Central rolled into Gowans Stadium and hammered Hutchinson C.C. 54-16.
The suprise blowout came a week after an emotional setback vs. Garden City, which cost the Dragons a KJCCC title.
Hutchinson (8-3, 6-1) fumbled the ball four times and lost three. Two of the fumbles were returned for a touchdown in the home meltdown. The Blue Dragons had five turnovers in all (two interceptions), and the Tritons scored 27 points off the HCC turnovers.
The Blue Dragons were out-gained by the Tritons, 440-255. Hutchinson had 220 rushing yards and only 35 yards through the air.
Iowa Central quarterback Blake Dever threw five touchdown passes and 237 yards on 17-of-28 passing. Hutchinson finishes the season ranked 13th in the NJCAA.
Independence 21, Ellsworth 15
The Pirates started the season with a win and ended the season with a win. Everything else in between was not was Independence coach Jason Brown had in mind, but the Pirates closed out the season with an overtime 21-15 victory over Ellsworth.
Independence (2-8, 1-6) running back Shermari Jones scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a five-yard run. Jones had a prolific day with 204 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns. Independence wide receiver Marqwell Jones also had a productive day with eight catches for 81 yards.
Coffeyville 62, Rezolution Prep 0
The Red Ravens (5-6, 2-5) finished the season on a lighter note against a lightweight program. Coffeyville breezed past Rezolution Prep 62-0 on Saturday.
Rezolution Prep controlled the ball for 41:19 to Coffeyville’s 18:41. Coffeyville had 276 yards of offense to 18 by Rezolution Prep.
Iowa Western 34, Highland 7
Only a touchdown pass in the final six minutes of Saturday’s game in Council Bluffs, Iowa, allowed the visiting Highland Scotties to avoid the shutout in the 34-7 loss to No. 3 Iowa Western.
The Reivers (10-1) rolled over the Scotties (6-4), who finish the season ranked 17th in the NJCAA. Highland had just 171 yards of total offense on 66 plays, while Iowa Western led 14-0 at half, 27-0 entering the fourth quarter and then 34-0, before Highland got on the board.
Dodge City 27, Fort Scott 7
In a game that would decide which team avoided finishing in the basement of the KJCCC, it was the Conqs (4-7, 2-5) who came out on top with a 27-7 win over Fort Scott (2-8, 1-6).
Fort Scott finishes in a tie for last place with Independence.