BLUE DRAGON FOOTBALL
No. 4 Hutchinson (6-1, 4-1) vs. Dodge City (0-7, 0-4)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
The Hutchinson Community College football team looks to remain unbeaten at Gowans Stadium this season as the Dodge City Conquistadors come to Gowans Stadium for a Noon kickoff on Fall Homecoming 2019.
The No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons are 2-0 at home this season with victories over Independence, No. 2 Butler and last week's 49-7 triumph over Coffeyville. Dodge City is 0-7 this season and are 0-4 away from Memorial Stadium in Dodge City.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and on sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 11:30 a.m. with Countdown to Kickoff. Glen Grunwald (play-by-play), Rob Dreher (color) and Randy McKay (sidelines) will call the action. The game will also be videostreamed live on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 11:30 a.m.
In terms of the big picture for Hutchinson entering Saturday's game, the Blue Dragons have a one-game lead over Garden City in the Jayhawk Conference standings. Hutchinson travels to Garden City on November 2. Butler, Fort Scott and Independence are all at 3-2 and Hutch already has wins over those three teams.
As far as the NJCAA rankings, two of the three teams ahead of the Blue Dragons - Mississippi Gulf Coast and Northwest Mississippi - already won games on Thursday. No. 3 Lackawanna College plays Hocking on Saturday in Scranton, PA.
Last week against Coffeyville, the Blue Dragons racked up season highs for points, rushing yards and total yards in a 49-7 win over Coffeyville. The Dragons ran for 309 yards and had 512 yards of total offense.
Those 312 yards against the Red Ravens were the first time Hutch rushed for 300 or more yards in a game since going for 314 yards last season against Dodge City. Hutchinson had five rushers with at least 40 yards, led by Erin Collins, who had a season-high 99 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. Blue Dragon ball carriers had five carries of 20 yards or more.
The Blue Dragons face a Dodge City team in the middle of a rebuild. First-year coach Ricky Coon has seen flashes of success in 2019 - the Conquistadors built a 22-7 lead over Garden City this season - but the Conquistadors are still looking for their first win of the season.
Last week, the Conquistadors lost 39-21 to Iowa Central at Memorial Stadium. Dodge City trailed 25-0 after three quarters. Running back C.J. Hall had a team-high 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Iowa Central rolled up 323 total yards and had six quarterback sacks against two Dodge City quarterbacks.
After Saturday, the Blue Dragons will have a short turnaround as Hutchinson will play its final home game of 2019 next Thursday, October 14 against RPA in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Gowans Stadium.