The Hutchinson Community College football team steps out of Jayhawk Conference play this week with a shot to stay in contention for a national championship.
The eyes of the junior college football world will be on Lewis Central High School Stadium in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as the No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons play host to No. 2 Iowa Western at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Both Hutchinson and Iowa Western enter Saturday’s game with 8-0 records. For HCC, it’s the fourth-best start to a season in program history. Iowa Western is playing its fifth overall season of football.
This will be Hutch’s third game in 2014 against nationally ranked opponents. The Dragons have already defeated No. 9 Butler and No. 14 Coffeyville this season. Both of those games were also road games for HCC. Iowa Western will be playing its third ranked opponent. The Reivers beat both Coffeyville at Butler at home.
Hutchinson clinched a tie for its first Jayhawk Conference championship since 1995 last Saturday with a 58-35 victory over Highland at Gowans Stadium. Iowa Western knocked off College of DuPage 65-27 last Saturday in Council Bluffs.
Saturday’s game features two of the best overall offenses in the nation. The Blue Dragons are No. 11 nationally in scoring offense (45.5 ppg) and has the NJCAA’s fifth-ranked rushing offense (259.4 ypg) and is No. 7 in total offense (498.5 ypg). Iowa Western is sixth in the nation in scoring (49.4 ppg).
Defensively, The Blue Dragons are 20th in scoring defense (20.9 ppg) and is No. 10 in rushing defense (78.4 ypg). The Reivers are No. 10 in the NJCAA in scoring defense (17.0 ppg).
GAME 9: HUTCHINSON at IOWA WESTERN
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Lewis Central High School Stadium, Council Bluffs, IA
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
RADIO: KHUT-FM (102.9), KWBW-AM (1450), KWBW-FM (98.5), 12:30 p.m. airtime
VIDEOSTREAM: Blue Dragon Sports Network (BlueDragonSports.com), 12:50 p.m.
INTERNET AUDIO: Blue Dragon Sports Network (BlueDragonSports.com), 12:50 p.m.
Record: 8-0 (6-0 Jayhawk)
NJCAA Ranking: No. 4
Last Game: def. Highland 58-35 on Oct. 18
Coach: Rion Rhoades, 8th season
Record: 8-0 (1-0 ICCAC)
NJCAA Ranking: No. 2
Last Game: def. College of DuPage 65-26 on Oct. 18
Coach: Scott Strohmeier, 5th season
Hutchinson: Rion Rhoades is in his eighth season with the Blue Dragons. He has a 60-27 record at HCC and 67-32 in his ninth season as a head coach. Rhoades is 5-0 in bowl games at Hutchinson.
Iowa Western: Scott Strohmeier is the only coach Reiver football history. Strohmeier has posted a 54-9 overall record with one NJCAA national championship.
Noting The Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons are second in the Jayhawk Conference and 11th in the NJCAA in scoring at 45.5 points per game. The Dragons lead the league and rank fifth nationally in the NJCAA in rushing offense at 259.4 yards per game. The Dragons are averaging 237.8 passing yards per game and 497.1 total yards, which ranks No. 2 in the Jayhawk Conference and seventh in the NJCAA.
+ Defensively, the Blue Dragons are allowing 20.9 points per game, No. 1 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Blue Dragons rank No. 1 in the KJCCC in rushing defense (79.5 yards per game allowed). The Dragons are sixth in passing defense at 228.9 yards per game. HCC is third in the KJCCC in total defense at 308.4 yards per game.
+ The Blue Dragon running game has produced eight 100-yard rushers, 28 rushing touchdowns and an average of 5.4 yards per carry.
+ Alvin Kamara is No. 6 in the nation and second in the Jayhawk Conference in rushing at 135.0 yards per game. Kamara became HCC’s 17th 1,000-yard rusher. He has 20 total touchdowns, 17 coming on the ground. Kamara has rushed for at least 100 yards in 7 of 8 games this season.
+ Running back Travis Custis had a season-high 146 yards against Fort Scott and two touchdowns. Custis is ninth in the Jayhawk at 54.6 yards per game with five touchdowns. Bradan Smith had his first career 100-yard game on Sept. 27 against Dodge City and is now averaging 43.8 yards per game. Smith is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, Custis is at 5.3 per rush.
+ Both Blue Dragon quarterbacks have had stellar moments in guiding the offense and both have comparable numbers. Kylen Binn has completed 64 of 119 passes for 965 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Dalton Demos has completed 71 of 131 passes for 890 yards with 11 touchdowns and only one interception.
+ Thirteen different Blue Dragons have caught at least one pass this season. The top five have 17 receptions or more. Bryce Harvey has a team-high 28 receptions for 208 yards and one TD. Anthony Autry now has team highs in receiving yards with 350 and receiving touchdowns with five. Autry has 20 receptions. DeQuan Bowman has 19 catches for 342 yards and three TDs. Juwan Dickey has 18 catches for 320 yards and a game-high five touchdowns. Kamara, out of the backfield, has 17 catches for 228 yards and three scores.
+ Linebacker Lakel Bass is HCC’s leading tackler with 71 total tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Linebacker Darius Wright has 61 total tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Linebacker Kyle Wilson has 58 tackles. Defensive back Riley Hunsicker has 54 tackles each. Defensive end Marquavius Lewis has 46 tackles.
+ The Blue Dragons have racked up 33 quarterback sacks through eight games, including a season-high seven vs. Garden City on Oct. 11. Marquavius Lewis has a Jayhawk Conference-high 10 quarterback sacks and has 11 quarterback hurries. Jeremiah Ledbetter has 7.5 quarterback sacks.
+ Blue Dragon coverage teams have six blocked kicks this season. Jeremiah Ledbetter and Claude George have two blocked kicks each. Riley Hunsicker and Devonta’ Staples have the others. HCC has blocked three extra points, two punts and one field goal
+ HCC has 15 interceptions and 23 total takeaways.
+ Freshman placekicker Kassidy Lemons is 35 of 39 on extra points and 2 of 3 on field goals. Tymony Bonilla handled all the placement kicks in the first two weeks of the season. Bonilla was 10 of 10 on extra points and 3 of 3 on field goals, hitting from 21, 32 and 33 yards.
+ Punter Stetson Broce is leading the Jayhawk Conference and ranks 11th in the NJCAA in punting at 39.3 yards per punt. He had a long of 71 yards against Dodge City on Sept. 27. Broce has seven punts of 50-plus yards and has downed 21 punts inside the opponent 20.
+ Anthony Autry is HCC’s top kickoff return man at 28.7 yards per return with one 89-yard return for a touchdown. DeQuan Bowman has returned 22 punts this season for an average of 7.7 yards per return.
Noting Iowa Western
+ The Reivers are playing in just their fifth season of college football, having won an NJCAA national championship in the program's third season in 2013.
+ Iowa Western puts one of the best offenses in the nation on the field. The Reivers are sixth in the country in scoring offense at 49.4 points per game. The Reivers are 16th in total offense at 438.5 yards per game. They are 18th in rushing offense at 189.0 yards per game and 20th in passing at 249.5 yards per game.
+ The Reivers have two shutouts and a third game where they didn’t allow a touchdown. Iowa Western ranks 10th in scoring defense in the NJCAA allowing 17.0 points per game, 28th in total defense at 310.6 yards per game, 32nd in passing defense at 199.2 yards per game and 23rd in rushing defense at 111.4 yards per game allowed.
+ Defensively, Iowa Western has forced 23 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries and has scored two defensive touchdowns. The Reivers have also totaled 26 quarterback sacks.
+ Sophomore quarterback Tay Bender has been Iowa Western’s No. 1 signal caller this season, but freshman Zach Martin has seen extensive action. Bender is 118 of 196 for 1,383 yards with 20 touchdowns to only four interceptions. Bender has also rushed for 168 yard and three scores. Martin is 54 of 81 for 570 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s run for 110 yards and two scores.
+ Iowa Western spreads the ball around in its rushing attack. Six different backs have at least 30 carries. Devon Payne is the top rusher at 56.6 yards per game and 8.7 yards per carry with two rushing touchdowns. Anthony Anderson has rushed for 252 yards, but a team-high seven touchdowns. Iowa Western, as a team, has a 5.0 yard per carry average.
+ Seven different receivers have at least 11 catches this season. Taj Williams is among the best in the nation with 49 catches for 634 yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Williams is seventh in the nation in receptions. Alex Reed has 32 catches for 412 yards and seven scores. Ronald Nash has 24 catches for 274 yards.
+ Defensive back Jayme Thompson leads Iowa Western with 59 total tackles. Linebacker Marcus Montgomery has 55 and defensive tackle Mike Edwards is third with 52 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks. Defensive back Mondo Williams has a team-high six interceptions.
+ Punter Connor Thomas is fifth in the NJCAA at 40.8 yards per punt. He’s had nine touchbacks, 12 kicks inside the 20 and one blocked punt.
+ Place kicker Dan Hamilton has connected on 50 of 52 extra points and is 7 of 8 on field goals with a long of 42 yards.
+ Rico Gaffard is Iowa Western’s top kickoff return man with a 26.7 yard average on seven returns. He has a long of 42. Reid Bonner averages 8.8 yards per punt return and Dominic Wilson has a punt return for touchdown.
Series History vs. Iowa Western
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting ever between Hutchinson and Iowa Western in football. This will be only the ninth meeting between the Blue Dragons and an opponent from the state of Iowa.
HCC is 2-0 vs. Iowa Central, 2-0 vs. Graceland, playing in 1955 and 1956; 1-0 vs. Ellsworth, playing in 1972; and 1-2 vs. Iowa Falls, playing in 1971, 1973 and 1974. HCC will play Ellsworth next week in Ellsworth.
The Jayhawk Conference and Iowa Conference are in the first season of a scheduling alliance. So far, HCC is 1-0 vs. Iowa with a 42-14 win over Iowa Central on Sept. 20.
(HCC Sports Information)
The Jayhawk West champion Hutchinson Community College volleyball team remained perfect in conference play, sweeping Pratt on Wednesday night at the Sports Arena.
HCC ran its Jayhawk West record to 14-0 after Wednesday’s 25-18, 25-22, 25-13 victory over the Beavers.
The Blue Dragons have now won four-consecutive matches to run their record to 21-9 overall. HCC plays four matches at the Jefferson College Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Hillsboro, Missouri before closing out the regular season next week with home matches against Cloud County and Barton next Tuesday and Thursday at the Sports Arena.
Hutchinson jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first set, scoring 11 of those 14 points with kills, blocks or service aces. Pratt rallied to make things interesting, pulling within four points before the Dragons closed out the set. HCC trailed the second set 22-21 before scoring the final four points. Hutch dominated the third set, out-hitting Pratt 13-7 and out-blocking the Beavers 5-0 in the final set.
Freshman Jai Chapman had a match-high 12 kills on .417 hitting to lead the Blue Dragons, which totaled 38 kills and only nine attack errors. Chapman added a solo block and service ace.
Sophomore Nicole Kinser had nine kills and hit .300 on 20 swings. She had four block assists. Freshman Petra Silic had seven kills and hit .455 on 11 swings with one solo and two block assists.
HCC had eight total blocks and three service aces.
Freshman setter Tarynn Stueder had 18 assists and Wilson tallied 15. Freshman libero McKenzie Steele had 16 digs.
Pratt was led by Jessica Sanders’ 11 kills.
Hutchinson started the match on fire scoring 11 of the match’s first 14 points. Chapman had two kills, a solo block and service ace, Kinser had two kills and Wilson had a kill and ace to highlight the run. The lead grew to 18-7 on a Chapman kill before Pratt starting to make things interesting. The Beavers went on an 11-4 run, getting big swings from Sanders (four kills), Jocelyn Cochran (three kills) and McKenzie Turner (three kills) to pull within 22-18. HCC finished off the set scoring the final points, getting Chapman’s fifth kill of the stanza on set point.
HCC scored the first three points of the second set and the Beavers scored the next four to take a lead that they were pesky in giving up. The Blue Dragons tied the set five times, but couldn’t wrestle the lead away from Pratt. A Beaver attack error tied the set at 16 and a Lauren Darby kill gave the Dragons a short-lived 17-16 lead. From that point, there were four more lead changes. Pratt took a 22-21 lead on an Amber Culwell kill. A Beaver net violation tied the set at 22 and HCC scored the final three points of the set to take a 2-0 match lead.
After giving up the first point of the third set, Hutchinson reeled off eight straight to lead 8-1 after a Kinser kill. Pratt closed to within 12-6 after a Sanders kills. Kills by Anna Proffitt, Rachel Griffitt and Wilson aided a 5-0 run to build the lead back to 17-6. The lead grew to 24-11 on a double block by Silic and Proffitt. Pratt fought off two match points, but Chapman’s 12th kill put the finishing touches on the sweep. The Blue Dragons had five team blocks in the third set.
MATCH NOTES – HCC has won at least 21 matches in a season 25 times in 40 seasons. … HCC remained just out of the NJCAA Division I Volleyball poll on Wednesday, but is still receiving votes. … The Blue Dragons will face Illinois Central, Jefferson College, Missouri State University-West Plains and Indian Hills in four matches this weekend at the Jefferson Viking Halloween Classic.
(HCC Sports Information)
Back-to-back matches of hitting .500 has earned Hutchinson Community College freshman right-side hitter/setter Aubrey Wilson NJCAA National Player of the Week honors.
Wilson a 5-foot-10 freshman from Bennington had an exceptional all-around week in Hutchinson’s two Jayhawk West victories at Dodge City and Butler.
For the week, Wilson hit .500 and averaged 3.00 kills, 1.50 blocks and 5.33 assists in HCC’s 6-2 offense.
Against Dodge City, Wilson posted her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 17 assists in a sweep of the Conquistadors. She added three blocks and hit .500 for the match. She had 10 kills on 18 swings with only one error at Dodge City.
In HCC’s 3-0 victory on Saturday at Butler, Wilson had eight kills on 12 swings with two errors for a .500 attack percentage. Wilson also had six blocks, three digs and 15 assists in a victory that clinched a tie for the conference championship.
For the season, Wilson is averaging 1.68 kills per set hitting .232, 4.70 set assists, 1.47 digs and 0.77 blocks per set.
Wilson is the first Blue Dragon volleyball player to earn NJCAA National Player of the Week honors since Bailea Phelan in 2009.
(HCC Sports Information)
The significance of a huge overtime road victory last week has helped the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team vault three spots in this week’s NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Poll to No. 13.
The ranking is the highest of the season for the Blue Dragons, unranked in the preseason poll, but now two wins away from an outright Jayhawk Conference championship.
The Blue Dragons (11-1-1) have won seven games in a row and are unbeaten in their last 10. HCC is 2-1-1 in overtime games in 2014.
Hutchinson made the jump in the polls with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory at No. 15 Butler on Friday in El Dorado. Freshman Renee Gillespie scored the game winner, her second goal of the game, just 25 seconds into overtime. That snapped a four-game losing streak to the Grizzlies and was a second-straight victory over a nationally ranked opponent.
Hutchinson is one of three Jayhawk Conference teams ranked this week. Johnson County (14-4-0) moved in at No. 18, just ahead of Butler (9-4-3).
The lone remaining unbeaten team in the Jayhawk Conference, Hutchinson still has two league games remaining before being able to clinch a fourth Jayhawk crown. The Dragons travel to Garden City at 6 p.m. on Friday and then play host to
Neosho County next Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
(HCC Sports Information)
NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S SOCCER POLL – Week 7
College Record Points Prev.
1. Iowa Western Community College (5) 13-0-1 100 1
2. Tyler Junior College 15-0-1 94 2
3. Eastern Florida State College 9-1-0 79 4
3. Otero Junior College 12-1-1 79 5
3. Monroe Community College 12-2-1 79 6
6. Monroe College 12-1-0 72 3
7. Southwestern Illinois College 14-0-2 71 7
8. Cisco College 10-3-1 62 8
8. Lewis & Clark Community College 14-2-1 62 9
10. Navarro College 8-4-1 54 10
11. Pima Community College 13-3-2 53 13
12. Darton State College 13-2-0 46 12
13. Hutchinson Community College 11-1-1 37 16
14. Jones County Junior College 15-0-0 35 14
15. Laramie County Community College 11-4-1 31 11
16. Schoolcraft College 9-1-1 24 17
17. Parkland College 12-30-0 19 19
18. Johnson County Community College 14-4-0 15 RV
19. Butler Community College - KS 9-4-3 7 15
19. Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa 8-10-0 7 20
Other schools receiving votes: USU-College of Eastern Utah (12-2-2); Spartanburg Methodist College (13-1); Paradise Valley Community College (11-4-3).
A lot has happened to the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team since its last home match on Oct. 8 against Colby.
When the Blue Dragons take the Sports Arena floor on Wednesday night against the Pratt Beavers, they will do so already having clinched the 2014 Jayhawk West championship with three games remaining in the league season.
Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena. The match will be videostreamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network at 6:25 p.m.
The Blue Dragons (20-9 overall) clinched its third-straight league crown on Monday with a four-set victory at Seward County. HCC is 13-0 in the Jayhawk West and, with three remaining matches, has a four-game lead over Cloud County and Colby.
BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL
HUTCHINSON (20-9, 13-0) vs. Pratt (20-9, 8-5)
When: Wednesday, October 22
At: Hutchinson Sports Arena, Hutchinson, KS
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Videostream: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 6:25 p.m.
The Beavers are one of three Jayhawk West teams to reach 20 victories for the season – Hutchinson and Seward County are the others – and are in a four-way battle for the second, third and fourth seeds for the Region VI Tournament, which will be at the Sports Arena on Nov. 9-10. The Beavers and Seward County are tied for fourth at 8-5.
Pratt raced out to a 13-3 start to the season and were 3-0 in the Jayhawk West. After a loss to Cloud County, the Beavers have gone 7-6 since, including a 3-1 loss to Hutchinson on September 24 at Pratt.
Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Darby led the Blue Dragons on Sept. 24 with 14 kills as HCC out-hit Prat .198-(-) .017. HCC out-blocked Pratt 16-0. Petra Silic had 10 total blocks.
Like it was on Sept. 24, Wednesday’s match will be a matchup of the Jayhawk West’s top blocking team – Hutchinson (2.76 blocks per set); and top digging team – Pratt (20.81 digs per set).
The Blue Dragons are averaging 11.82 kills per set, hitting .225. Nicole Kinser continues to lead the team at 3.34 kills per set, hitting .392, which is No. 1 in the Jayhawk Conference and No. 13 in the NJCAA.
Silic continues to be the top conference player in blocks at 1.42 blocks per set, which ranks 10th in the NJCAA.
The Blue Dragons travel to the Jefferson College Tournament to play Illinois Central, Jefferson College, Indian Hills and Missouri State-West Plains. HCC will close out the regular season next week with a pair of home matches against Cloud County on Tuesday and Barton on Oct. 30.
(HCC Sports Information)
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