BLUE DRAGON FOOTBALL
No. 4 Hutchinson (8-1, 5-1) at No. 5 Garden City (7-2, 4-1)
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
One year ago, the Hutchinson Community College football went into the Garden City game with a chance at an outright Jayhawk Conference championship. The Blue Dragons fell short of that goal by a mere 18 seconds.
The Blue Dragons will have that same opportunity Saturday and once again Garden City stands in the way of Hutchinson winning its first KJCCC title since 2014.
The No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons meet the No. 5 Broncbusters at 1 p.m. Saturday at Broncbuster Stadium in Garden City.
The game will be broadcast live on Blue Dragon flagship station KHUT-FM (102.9) and sister stations KWBW-AM/FM (1450/98.5) beginning at 12:30 p.m. with Countdown to Kickoff. The game will also be streamed live on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The stakes in Saturday's showdown are simple to figure and yet complicated.
The simple part of the equation is that the Hutch-Garden winner will remain in the national championship game chase. As for the Jayhawk Conference title chase? A Hutch win and the Blue Dragons win the league outright. A Garden City win sets up a possibility of a three-way tie for a league title with the Blue Dragons, Broncbusters and Butler. Garden City and Butler play next Saturday. Hutch and Garden City have one league loss each and Butler has two.
Last season was a winner-take-all scenario between the Blue Dragons and Broncbusters. Both teams entered the game with undefeated league records. Hutch led 21-17 with 9:39 to play in the fourth quarter after a Dezmon Jackson touchdown of 18 yards. Garden City answered with a 14-play, 84-yard scoring drive that was capped by Charles West's 6-yard TD run with 18 seconds to play.
Hutchinson has won three in a row after an 89-0 victory over RPA on October 24 at Gowans Stadium. That game, combined with an 85-3 win over Dodge City the previous week meant the Dragons scored the most points - 174 - in consecutive games in team history.
Garden City was equally dominant last week in winning its fifth game in a row after a 58-14 victory over Coffeyville. Broncbuster quarterback Nate Cox earned Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors by throwing for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Red Ravens.
Saturday's game will be the fifth against a nationally ranked opponent for the Blue Dragons and the third against a Top 5 teams. The Blue Dragons already own two wins over No. 2 Iowa Western and No. 2 Butler. Garden City has also played five ranked teams. The highest ranked foe the Busters have knocked off was No. 6 Snow in the season opener.
The Blue Dragons bid for their eight Jayhawk Conference title in team history.