The 11th-ranked Hutchinson Community College football team ran for more than 300 yards and picked off four passes defensively to defeat the Bethany College Junior Varsity 45-7 on Thursday night at Gowans Stadium to open the 2014 season.
Hutchinson (1-0) won its seventh-straight season opening victory and Blue Dragon head coach Rion Rhoades won his 60th game as a head coach. Starting his ninth season, Rhoades is 60-32 with 53 victories coming at Hutchinson.
The Blue Dragons rolled up 327 rushing yards on 44 attempts against the Swedes. The Dragons nearly had two 100-yard rushers. Running back Alvin Kamara led the strong rushing attack with 111 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. Travis Custis was at the threshold of a 100-yard game, finishing with 98 yards on 11 carries and a team-best 8.9 yards per carry. Bradan Smith rushed eight times for 51 yards, but scored two touchdowns.
The combined effort of quarterbacks Dalton Demos and Kylen Binn amassed 160 passing yards, completing 17 throws on 32 attempts. Demos completed 12 of 17 passes for 85 yards with a touchdown and interception. Binn was 5 of 15 for 75 yards.
Sophomore Bryce Harvey racked up a career-high nine receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.
The Blue Dragons totaled 487 total yards. HCC had one turnover, but was tagged for 17 penalties totaling 164 yards.
Defensively, the Blue Dragons picked up right where they left 2013 off with four more interceptions.
Sophomore defensive back Riley Hunsicker scored his first career touchdown with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. Darius Wright had his first career interception, as did Chase Hanson and Tyler Williams. The Dragons also had three quarterback sacks.
Bethany did manage to rush for 133 yards and had 115 yards through the pair. Overall, the Blue Dragons had five takeaway against the Swedes. Bethany had a 36:08-23:52 advantage in time of possession.
Special teams also had their moments. Jeremiah Ledbetter blocked a 54-yard field goal attempt, while Blue Dragon place kickers Tymony Bonilla and Kassidy Lemons were 6 of 6 on extra-point attempts and Bonilla knocked through a 21-yard field goal.
Hutchinson took the opening kickoff and crisply marched 75 yards in 12 plays to score the first touchdown of the season. Harvey caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Demos for a 7-0 lead with 11:37 remaining in the first quarter. Braden Smith’s 13-yard touchdown run with 1:44 to play in the first quarter upped the HCC lead to 14-0.
Leading 17-0 in the second quarter. HCC made it a 24-point margin with a Karama 14-yard scoring dash with 4:04 remaining in the first half.
The Blue Dragons out-gained Bethany 296-78 in the opening two quarters.
Hutchinson left no doubt with a 21-point third quarter. Kamara had a second 14-yard touchdown rush with 7:25 to play in the third. On the ensuing kickoff return Cory Turner forced a fumble recovered by DeQuan Bowman at the Swede 32. Five plays later, Smith danced into the end zone from 10 yards out to boost the Dragon margin to 38-0 with 6:13 to play.
Hunsicker’s pick-six with 5:17 to play were the final points of the night for HCC.
Bethany broke the shutout when Ricky Alexander caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bo Savage with 6:52 to go in the game.
Hutchinson will open play in the Jayhawk Conference next Saturday, Sept. 6 when Fort Scott comes to Gowans Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 47-34-2 in season openers and 57-24 -2 in home openers. … Under head coach Rion Rhoades, the Blue Dragons are 17-0 when rushing for 300 or more yards in a game. … The Blue Dragons are 2-0 all-time vs. the Bethany JV and 15-2 against NAIA teams. … This was the 34th time in the last 49 games that HCC has scored 40 or more points. ... The Dragons were 6 of 6 in red zone chances (5 touchdowns, 1 field goal). … HCC scored 21 points off Bethany turnovers.
(HCC Sports Information)
Hutchinson Community College football coach Rion Rhoades made a major announcement prior to Thursday’s 2014 season opener against the Bethany College Junior Varsity at Gowans Stadium.
Rhoades announced via the DragonVision videoboard that Blue Dragon football will retire the No. 84 jersey of Blue Dragon All-American Cordarrelle Patterson this season.
The ceremony will take place at halftime of Hutchinson’s regular-season finale against Independence on November 8 at Gowans Stadium.
This is the first time that Blue Dragon Football will retire a jersey in the 83-year history of the program.
The Minnesota Vikings – Patterson is in his second season with the Vikings – are on their bye week that week and will allow the former Blue Dragon great to attend the ceremony.
Patterson is the first-ever first-round NFL Draft pick in program history after being taken with the 29th overall pick by the Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft.
All he did in an impressive rookie season was set an unbreakable NFL record for the longest kickoff return in league history of 109 yards against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 27. For the season, Patterson returned 43 kickoffs for an average of 32.4 yards per return, one of the best return averages in NFL history.
Midway through the season, the Vikings started using Patterson in much the same way the Blue Dragons utilized the athletically gifted player from Rock Hill, S.C.
Patterson finished his rookie season with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns. He averages 10.4 yards per reception and had a long of 79 yards. He rushed the ball 12 times, three went for touchdowns. Patterson tallied 158 rushing yards, averaging 13.2 times per rush with a long of 50.
In addition to his NFL kickoff record, Patterson became the first NFL player in history to record a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 75-yard touchdown reception for a touchdown and a 50-yard rushing touchdown in the same season.
Patterson was only the third Blue Dragon ever to be a two-time NJCAA All-American. Patterson was also named the 2011 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year. When he completed his HCC career, he owned 16 career or single-season or single-game Blue Dragon Dragons records.
In 2011, Patterson caught a career-high 61 passes for 924 yards and he accounted for 1,814 all-purpose yards in helping the Blue Dragons.
The 61 receptions are a school record and the 924 yards rank fourth-best in a single season. He also set a record for single-season all-purpose yardage and had three 200-plus-yard all-purpose yardage games this season and five for his career.
Other single-season offensive records include: Scoring (144 points), total touchdowns (24), and receiving touchdowns (15).
As a kick returner, Patterson averaged an NJCAA-best and HCC single-season record 51.1 yards per return average on 12 returns with three touchdowns. Patterson owns three of the top four all-time kickoff returns with TDs of 98, 97 and 96 yards in his career. He had two kickoff returns for touchdowns against Kilgore in the 2011 season opener.
Patterson was also been a threat running the ball with 379 yards on just 32 carries (11.8 yards per rush).
Patterson accounted for 1,686 yards of all-purpose offense and averaged 17.6 yards every time he touched the football. He broke 200 all-purpose yards three times this season.
The versatile receiver scored 15 receiving touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns and three touchdowns on kickoff returns. His 15 receiving touchdowns and 24 overall touchdowns are single-season records as well as his 144 points scored in 12 games. Patterson scored touchdowns in 20 of 23 games played in his HCC career.
During his one season at Tennessee, Patterson finished with terrific all-around numbers. He had 46 catches for 778 yards and 25 carries for 308 yards. He scored 10 touchdowns, including a kickoff return and a punt return. He even completed a pass for 28 yards. Patterson was named first-team All-SEC.
(HCC Sports Information)
Hutchinson Community College opens its 83rd season of football on Thursday when the No. 11 Blue Dragons play host to the Bethany College Junior Varsity at 7 p.m. at Gowans Stadium.
Led by eighth-year head coach Rion Rhoades, the Blue Dragon open 2014 ranked No. 11 both the NJCAA preseason poll and JC GridWire.com’s Dirty 30 preseason poll. Hutchinson was picked to finish second in the 2014 Jayhawk West title chase.
Nine starters and 19 lettermen return from an 8-4 Hutchinson .team in 2013 that finished second in the Jayhawk Conference, finished as Region VI runner-up and captured a fifth-straight Salt City Bowl victory.
Thursday’s opener will be only the sixth time ever that Hutchinson opens a season against a non-NJCAA affiliated team. The last time that happened was 1995 against Air Force Prep. It also happened in 1931, 1935, 1941 and 1988.
Hutchinson and Bethany JV have met only once. That came last year when HCC was forced to find an opponent to replace Air Force Prep after the Government shutdown forced the postponement of that game. HCC won the game, played on a Wednesday, 50-0 and four days later went onto defeat Independence 58-0.
The 2014 season marks a new look to the Blue Dragons’ football schedule. The Jayhawk Conference and the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference join this season in a scheduling alliance where all eight Kansas teams and three Iowa teams play each other. HCC will play Iowa Western, Iowa Central and Ellsworth this season. Also, there will no longer be a Region VI playoff during this alliance.
The Blue Dragons have won six-straight season openers.
Game 1: Hutchinson vs. Bethany College JV
Thursday, August 28, 2014
At: Hutchinson, KS
Stadium: Gowans Stadium
Series Record: Hutchinson leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Hutchinson, 50-0, 2013, Lindsborg
Radio: KHUT-FM (102.9); KWBW-AM (1450); KWBW-FM (89.5) - Rusty Hilst, Play-by-Play, Rob Dreher, color, Glen Grunwald, sidelines - Countdown To Kickoff - 6:30 p.m.; Pregame Airtime - 6:50 p.m.
Internet: Blue Dragon Sport Network (www.bluedragonsports.com) Free Live Videostream; Free Audio-Only Feed; Live Statistics
NJCAA Ranking: No. 11
Last Game: def. Dakota College 57-0 in 2013 Salt City Bowl
Coach: Rion Rhoades, 8th season
Last Game: def. Kansas Wesleyan, 19-18 on Nov. 4, 2013
Coach: Manny Matsakis, 2nd season
Hutchinson: Rion Rhoades is in his eighth season with the Blue Dragons. He has a 52-27 record at HCC and 59-32 in his ninth season as a head coach.
Bethany JV: Manny Matsakis is in his second season guiding the Swedes. He was 2-9 with the varsity Swedes last season and the JV program finished 3-1.
Blue Dragon Football
Blue Dragon football is 448-322-28 in 82 seasons. … HCC has won six Jayhawk Conference Region VI championships (1932, 1947, 1963, 1969, 1974, 1995). … HCC is 313-236-11 in Jayhawk Conference games. … The Blue Dragons have 102 All-Americans in team history l HCC is now 10-6-2 all-time in bowl games.
In 82 season openers, the Blue Dragons have a record of 46-34-2. Hutchinson is 11-3 in season openers since 2000 and has won its last six after a 44-14 victory at No. 12 Coffeyville last season.
The Blue Dragons are even better in home openers, going 56-24-2 at Gowans Stadium. The Blue Dragons are 11-3 since 2000 in home openers and had won six-straight in the first games of seasons at the friendly confines of Gowans Stadium before their 2013 setback against No. 3 Navarro College.
The 2014 opener will be only the sixth time ever that Hutchinson opens a season against a non-NJCAA affiliated team. The last time that happened was 1995 against Air Force Prep. It also happened in 1931 (McPherson College), 1935 (Sterling College), 1941 (Kansas Wesleyan JV) and 1988 (Pittsburg State JV).
HCC Coaching Staff Has Several New Faces
Blue Dragon head coach Rion Rhoades brought in two new coaches and a new offensive coordinator for the 2013 season.
Taking over the offense will be assistant coach Phil Ockinga, who served as the defensive line coach last season. Dion Meneley remains as the defensive coordinator.
The two new coaches on staff are Darrell Ballard and Todd Middleton.
Ballard will be the receivers coach and the pass-game coordinator. Middleton will be the Blue Dragons’ defensive line coach.
Offensive line coach Tyler Brock will also be the run-game coordinator this season. Thad Brown and Greg Cross both return for their second seasons on the Blue Dragon sideline.
Brown is the defensive backs coach, strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator. Cross is HCC’s quarterbacks coach.
Series History vs. Bethany College JV
This will be only the second meeting ever between Hutchinson and the Bethany College Junior Varsity.
The only other meeting came last season when Hutchinson defeated the Swedes 50-0 at Lindsborg.
Noting The Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons will have nearly a completely different look at the skilled positions in 2014. The Blue Dragons will have a new starting quarterback. Both Division I transfers, Dalton Demos (Coastal Carolina) and Kylen Binn (South Carolina State) will see plenty of snaps against the Bethany JV.
+ Collectively, the 2013 Blue Dragons were a decent running team, but didn’t have a truly explosive back in the group. This season that may change as HCC will roll out three quality running backs. Bradan Smith is a redshirt-freshman from Wichita Southeast. He would have been the starter last season but missed 2013 with an injury. A pair of transfers - Alvin Kamara (Alabama) and Travis Custis (Georgia Tech) - will also figure into the equation. HCC averaged 162.7 rushing yards per game, but only 3.9 yards per rush, the lowest collective total since 1992.
+ Bryce Harvey will lead a talented but largely untested group of receivers. Harvey, who was injured for the first half of 2013, had eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown last season. Also back is Jovante Siglar (13 rec., 148 yards, 1 TD).
+ The 2013 Blue Dragons offensively averaged 37.5 points and 381.6 total yards per game.
+ Defensively in 2013, HCC allowed 18.9 points per game, posting three shutouts last season. Opposing teams averaged 102.5 rushing yards and 157.2 passing yards per game.
+ A pair of all-conference defensive ends are back to lead what could be a powerful front seven in 2014. Jeremiah Ledbetter was second in tackles a year ago with 73. He had 13 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. Marquavius Lewis totaled 63 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks with 15 QB hurries.
+ Linebacker Claude George led the Blue Dragon in 2013 with 10 quarterback sacks and 17 QB hurries. George had 56 total tackles, 16 for loss. Darius Wright returns after a season with 46 tackles and Seth Hartman, who came on strong in the final four games of 2013, also returns.
+ Riley Hunsicker is the lone returnee from what was one of the best defensive secondarys in team history in 2013. As a group, HCC had 24 interceptions and 35 total takeaways. Hunsicker 50 tackles, one interception and five passes broken up.
+ Special teams will be all new in 2014. Freshmen kickers Tymony Bonilla and Kassidy Lemons will battle for the placekicking chores. Transfer Stetson Broce is already receiving plenty of four-year attention as the Blue Dragon punter.
+ Last season, the Blue Dragons led the Jayhawk Conference in kickoff return average at 22.6 yards per return. The Dragons averaged 14.3 yards per punt return and had two punts returned for touchdowns.
Noting Bethany JV
+ Bethany College is an NAIA-affiliated school in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
+ Last season, the varsity Swedes struggled to a 2-9 overall record in 2013. The Bethany JV posted a 3-1 record, the only loss coming to Hutchinson.
+ Swedes’ head coach Manny Matsakis is in his second season in Lindsborg. He has experience coaching from high school to Kansas State University to the CFL. Matsakis was also the head coach at Emporia State University.
+ Swedes’ defensive coordinator Joe Gordon was at Garden City Community College last season.
+ Junior defensive back Mik Barancek played for the Blue Dragons in 2012 and 2013.
+ Bethany has a total of eight former Jayhawk Conference players on its 2014 roster.
(HCC Sports Information)
COLBY – Sophomore Lauren Darby posted a career-high 17 kills to lead the No. 19 Hutchinson Community College volleyball team to a 3-1 Jayhawk West victory on Wednesday night at Colby.
Hutchinson dropped the first set 20-25, but rallied to win the next three 25-12, 25-20, 25-17.
One year ago, Hutchinson opened the Jayhawk West season at Colby and dropped a five-set match to the Trojans. That loss put HCC behind the league eight-ball the entire season, finally forcing a tie for the Jayhawk West title when Barton helped out Hutch with a victory over Colby on the final night of the conference season.
When Colby rallied to win the first set on Wednesday at the Colby Community Building, the Blue Dragons (3-2 overall, 1-0 Jayhawk West) didn’t waver, dominating the second set and pulling away late in each of the third and fourth set to close out the victory.
Darby posted career-high marks with her 17 kills and .533 hitting percentage.
Freshman Jai Chapman had 10 kills. Freshman Petra Silic had eight kills and sophomore Nicole Kinser had seven kills.
The Blue Dragons were huge at the net against Colby as Hutchinson posted a season-high 21 blocks. Silic and Kinser both had six blocks lead to lead HCC.
Freshman libero Maddi Cumpston came into the match in the second set and posted a season-high 14 digs. Her scramble play late in the fourth set was a key two-point swing in the set. From deep in the backcourt, somehow Cumpston got the ball back over and Colby put an attack in the net to give HCC a 17-13 lead. HCC outscored Colby after that point 8-4 to close out the match.
Freshman setter Tarynn Stueder had 20 assists and six digs. Freshman setter Aubrey Wilson had 15 assists and six digs.
The Blue Dragons continue their nine-match road trip to open the season on Sept. 5-6 at the College of Southern Idaho Classic in Twin Falls, Idaho.
(HCC Sports Information)
PRATT – Facing a Pratt Beaver team clearly in a defensive posture throughout the 2014 Jayhawk Conference opener, the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team found enough offense to post a 3-0 shutout on Wednesday at Pratt Community College.
The shutout, HCC’s first of the season, was the 100th all-time shutout just two games into the program’s 10th season. The shutout was posted by Jennifer Currie, but she saw little or no action as Hutchinson dominated possession the entire game.
Hutchinson (2-0, 1-0 Jayhawk Conference) got two goals from All-American Jen Rogers, who earlier in the day was named the NJCAA National Division I Player of the Week. Freshman Parfitt McNair scored her second goal of the season.
McNair finally dented the Pratt defense with an unassisted goal at the 25:57 mark of the opening half. Despite dominating the game, HCC led just 1-0 at halftime.
Rogers finally got going in the second half. She gave HCC a 2-0 lead just 2:15 into the second half with a goal from a Siobhon Wilson assist. Rogers made it 3-0 with 34:39 remaining in the game when she converted a penalty kick.
Rogers moves into fifth place on the career points list with 92 points. She becomes the fourth HCC women’s soccer player to score 40 goals in a career, joining Melissa Hetherington (66), Caitlin Coney (48) and Stephanie Franz (42).
Now with 12 multi-goal games, Rogers is tied with Danielle Sheehy for second all time. Hetherington has 13 multi-goal games.
Hutchinson continues its three-game road trip on Wednesday at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas.
(HCC Sports Information)
NJCAA TAPS HCC’S ROGERS NATIONAL D-I WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
HCC’S ROGERS NAMED KJCCC WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BLUE DRAGONS ANSWER EARLY CHALLENGE WITH ROUT OF WESTERN WYOMING
ERRORS DOOM DRAGON VOLLEYBALL IN TWO LOSSES AT NMMI CLASSIC
DRAGONS WIN PAIR OF 5-SETTERS OVER RANKED FOES ON OPENING DAY
BLUE DRAGON SOCCER OPENS SEASON SATURDAY WITH WESTERN WYOMING
OPTIONS ARE MANY AS HCC VOLLEYBALL READIES FOR FRIDAY’S 2014 OPENER
BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL STARTS AT NO. 19 IN NJCAA PRESEASON POLL
HCC WOMEN’S SOCCER PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN JAYHAWK
BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL PICKED TO WIN JAYHAWK WEST IN 2014
BLUE DRAGONS OPEN AT NO. 11 IN NJCAA PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLL
BLUE DRAGON FOOTBALL OPENS PRACTICE FOR 2014 SEASON
BLUE DRAGON FOOTBALL STARTS 2014 AT NO. 11 IN JC GRIDIRON 'DIRTY 30' POLL
BACK TO WORK FOR BLUE DRAGON WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM
BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL TEAM BEGINS PREP FOR 2014 SEASON ON FRIDAY