Posts Tagged ‘football’

Time for Blue Dragons to go bowling

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

After four months of football, Hutchinson Community College’s season will end on Saturday, and it’s been a wild one.

As Hutchinson is bowl eligible, the Blue Dragons will get to play one final game of the season. Before Thanksgiving, it was announced that the Blue Dragons will face Eastern Arizona in the Salt City Bowl. This will be coach Rion Rhoades’ seventh Salt City Bowl, and the opponent is a familiar one as they played Eastern Arizona back in 2010.

Rhoades believes it’s going to be a challenging matchup.

“Their offense is hard to get prepared for because it’s so unorthodox, you don’t see it much these days,” he said. “It’s hard to simulate in practice. And on defense, well, everything they’re good at, we struggle with.”

The Gila Monsters run a flexbone offense, a formation that is rare in college football.

Although the Blue Dragons are up against a good team, Rhoades still has a high amount of confidence in his squad

“After Thanksgiving, everyone showed up very engaged in practice. I think they know that we’re facing a good football team. Their hungry and we got something to prove here.”

The Blue Dragons will play the Gila Monsters on home turf. Game time is at 1 p.m. and will be hosted at Gowans Stadium.

In a season where records were broken, comebacks were made and 90 men came together, it’s safe to say this season has been one for the books.

The season started off with a rollercoaster of emotions, as the Blue Dragons came back from 25-point deficit to rallying off one of the most exciting games of the season, winning 50-42 against Coffeyville Community College. This comeback was also the largest in Hutchinson’s 86-year history.

The following week, Hutchinson travel to Iowa to face No. 12 Iowa Western. This matchup was highly anticipated and it proved to be an exciting one. However, the Blue Dragons couldn’t top the Reivers falling 27-21, their first loss of the season.

The Blue Dragons then went on to win their next five games, highlighted a by 91-0 thrashing of Rezolution Prep. During this game, as many as seven team records were broken including, most points in a single game, largest margin of victory and most touchdowns scored. Hutchinson reached its peak national ranking during this time at No. 9. The Blue Dragons also became bowl eligible after their sixth win of the season.

Hard times hit the Blue Dragons the following week. On a cold, wet, homecoming night, their winning streak ended by No. 16 Butler Community College, 38-10.

Next, Hutchinson couldn’t find its footing against Independence Community College as the Blue Dragons fell 24-19. The Blue Dragons made it three straight losses with an upset loss to Fort Scott Community College in the final home game of the regular season.

In the regular-season finale, the Blue Dragons came together to play a solid game against Dodge City Community College. After two special team touchdowns, Hutchinson won 27-6.

Athlete of the week: Jerry Jacobs

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Athlete of the week, for Nov. 5-11

Jerry Jacobs, football

The week: Jacobs helped the Blue Dragons finish the regular season in a positive way, as he had five tackles, an interception and a pass broken up in Hutchinson’s 27-6 win at Dodge City. Jacobs also returned a blocked field goal 86 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Jacobs has 33 tackles this season for the 7-4 Blue Dragons, who finish the season Dec. 2 in the Salt City Bowl against Eastern Arizona.

Football heads to bowl game after beating Dodge City

Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow

Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College football team’s regular season came to a close as the Blue Dragons cruised to a 27-6 win over Dodge City Community College on Saturday.

The Blue Dragons snapped their three-game losing streak, finishing 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Conquistadors finish 4-7 and 1-6.

After leading by seven late in the first half, the Blue Dragons pulled off one impressive play to head into halftime. Dodge City lined up for a 24-yard field goal when Hutchinson blocked the kick. The play wasn’t over however, because Hutchinson’s Jerry Jacobs picked up the loose ball, and took it back for a 86-yard touchdown. The Blue Dragons led 13-0 at halftime, and they didn’t slow down in the second half.

Hutchinson used an interception, a goal line stop, and a punt return for a touchdown to secure the victory over the Conquistadors.

The Blue Dragon defense held Dodge City to 237 total yards and 51 rushing, but Hutchinson compiled only 206 total yards for themselves. Three running backs, B.J. Emmons, Dezmon Jackson, and Andrew Lee split Hutchinson’s 125 rushing yards. Quarterback Eric Forrest went 12 of 16 on passing attempts, for a total of 69 yards.

Sunday’s win marked Rion Rhoades’ 80th victory as head coach for the Blue Dragons. He also reached this mark faster than any other coach in Hutchinson Community College history.

Next up for the Blue Dragons will be the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 2. They will face the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters at Gowans Stadium. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, playing each other last in the 2010 Salt City Bowl.

Blue Dragon football looking to bounce back this season

Friday, August 25th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
The Hutchinson Collegian

This season marks coach Rion Rhoades’ 11th season for the Hutchinson Community College football team. A former Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year, Rhoades has built an impressive 73-40 overall record and six Salt City bowl wins over his career.

However, after back to back 5-6 seasons, the Blue Dragons will look to bounce back this season. Although picked fourth in the preseason conference poll, Rhoades has high expectations for his team this year

“I expect us to compete for a conference championship,” Rhoades said.

The Blue Dragons are no stranger to conference champs, as they achieved the honor back in 2014, their first conference title since 1995.

The team returns multiple starters, but the defensive secondary will return most of the experience.

When asked who the key playmakers on the team are, Rhoades replied, “Not really one person. It will take an outstanding team effort to be successful.”

Saturday marks the season opener for the Blue Dragons, as they take on Coffeyville at Gowans Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. On September 16th, the Blue Dragons travel to Garden City, where they will play the Broncbusters, the defending national champions. Then on September 28th, they play Independence Community College, led by Malik Henry, a former Florida State player and former No. 2 high-school QB in the nation.

However, when Rhoades was asked which certain games were the most important, he simply replied, “The next one.”

Football ends season with five solid wins

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Tre Griffin runs the ball down the field during a home game against Ellsworth on Halloween.  Griffin had a gain of 79 rushing yards for the Dragons.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Tre Griffin runs the ball down the field during a home game against Ellsworth on Halloween. Griffin had a gain of 79 rushing yards for the Dragons.

The Blue Dragon football team played Independence CC to close out the season on Nov. 7.

The Dragons won 47-0.

Their record as they end the season is 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

To open the game, Hutch scored within the first 17 seconds after a 63-yard pass from Dimonic McKinzy, Kansas City, to Gary Cross, Fordyce, Arkansas.

The score was 7-0 after a successful kick from Tymony Bonilla, Salina.

The Dragons had a 21-point first quarter after two touchdowns by Blaik Middleton, Hutchinson, plus two more field goals from Bonilla.
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Tough loss for Dragons

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - DeQuan Bowman, Millville, New Jersey, jumps to catch a 45-yard pass from the QB on Oct. 31 against Ellsworth

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - DeQuan Bowman, Millville, New Jersey, jumps to catch a 45-yard pass from the QB on Oct. 31 against Ellsworth

Playing the Ellsworth Panthers on Oct. 31 The Blue Dragon football team lost 42-35 and their record is now 4-6.

After the loss to Ellsworth, the Dragons aren’t eligible to play in the Salt City Bowl this December.

To participate in the bowl game, the teams need at least six wins.

The Dragons only have four wins, with only one game remaining.

On Halloween, Hutch went into the locker room at halftime thinking they had this game.
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Football falls to Iowa Western

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Bailey Terry

The Blue Dragon football team played Iowa Western at home on Oct. 24 and lost.

The score was 15-35.

The Dragons record is now 4-5.

A few minutes into the game, Tymony Bonilla, Salina, kicked a 35-yard field goal.

The score was 3-0.

Following shortly after was a field goal by Iowa Western, tying the game 3-3.

Neither team was able to score in the remainder of the first quarter.
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Football wins conference game

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Quarterback Kylen Binn, Columbia, South Carolina, prepares to throw the ball during a recent home game against Coffeyville.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Quarterback Kylen Binn, Columbia, South Carolina, prepares to throw the ball during a recent home game against Coffeyville.

The Blue Dragon football team played Garden City on their turf on Oct. 10.

The Dragons won 49-14.

Hutch’s record is now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Ten minutes into the game, Hutch was able to get the first points after a three-yard touchdown run from Blaik Middleton, Hutchinson.

The score was 7-0 after a field goal from Tymony Bonilla, Salina.

Garden City scored two unanswered touchdowns, making the score 6-14.

This was the last time the Dragons allowed their opponents to score.

With nine minutes left in the first half, the Dragons were able to score again.
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Eat, sleep and play flag football

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

By Troy Daugherty

The varsity football players always get plenty of attention, but what about people who are just normal and not amazing athletes?

Flag football is the answer.

There is currently a flag football tournament taking place on the campus.

It just started about two weeks ago and they plan on continuing for a couple of weeks.
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Football is 3-3 on the season

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

By Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Gary Cross, Fordyce, Arkansas, catches a 66-yard pass in the end zone to score for the Dragons during the Coffeyville home game. The Dragons lost 46-52.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Gary Cross, Fordyce, Arkansas, catches a 66-yard pass in the end zone to score for the Dragons during the Coffeyville home game. The Dragons lost 46-52.

The Blue Dragon football team played Coffeyville at home on Oct. 3 and lost 46-52.

At the start of the first quarter, Hutch scored a touchdown after a 16-yard pass from Dimonic McKinzy, Kansas City, which connected with Tre Griffin, Wichita; followed by a field goal from Kassidy Lemons, Hutchinson.

Three minutes later, Coffeyville was able to score, which tied the game 7-7.

With two minutes left in the first quarter, the Dragons scored after a 10-yard run from Treyvon Paulk, Cumming, Georgia; then a field goal by Tymony Bonilla, Salina, to end the first quarter, the score was 14-7.

Opening up the second quarter, the Dragons scored just 30 seconds after the quarter started. Logan Mays, Salina, scored the touchdown after an 11-yard pass from Kylen Binn, Columbia, South Carolina. Bonilla attempted another field goal, but it was blocked.

The score was 20-7.
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