BLUE DRAGONS TO MEET MONROE IN SALT CITY BOWL

The 2019 Salt City Bowl will be No. 3 Hutchinson vs. No. 18 Monroe at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Gowans Stadium

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The 2019 Salt City Bowl will feature the No. 3-ranked Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons and the No. 18 Monroe College Mustangs.

The 2019 edition will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at Hutchinson's Gowans Stadium. Ticketing information for the 11th annual contest will be located on the bowl's official web site www.saltcitybowl.com.

The Blue Dragons will make their 22nd overall bowl appearance, making their last nine in the Salt City Bowl. The Blue Dragons are 12-7-2 all-time in bowl games and 7-1 in the Salt City Bowl. Hutchinson played in the 2018 Salt City Bowl and defeated Navarro College 35-6.

The Mustangs are going to their second-straight bowl in the program's eight-year history. Last season, Monroe played in the Graphic Edge Bowl and lost to Iowa Central, 36-20.

This will be the first-ever football meeting between Hutchinson and Monroe. This Friday at Great Bend, the two schools' men's basketball teams will play each other in the Cougar Booster Club Classic at 3 p.m. Also, the Monroe Volleyball team qualified for the NJCAA Division I Tournament next week at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons were three point away from an undefeated season, ultimately finishing 2019 at 9-2 and in a three-way tie for second in the Jayhawk Conference. The Blue Dragons spent five weeks at No. 1 this season, the first time in program history Hutch was ranked No. 1 in football.

The Blue Dragons played six nationally ranked opponents this season, going 4-2, including a pair of wins over No. 2-ranked teams at the time in Iowa Western and Butler.

The Dragons rank fourth in the nation in scoring at 44.8 points per game. They are 13th in total offense at 406.2 yards per contest and fourth overall in the NJCAA in rushing at 235.2 yards per game with a nation's best 41 rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, the Blue Dragons are fifth in scoring defense at 14.3 points per game allowed. The Dragons are eighth in total defense at 230.8 yards allowed per game. Hutch owns the fourth-best passing defense in the NJCAA at 135.1 yards allowed.

Hutchinson will face the No. 1 scoring defense in the country. The Mustangs are tied with Northeast league rival Lackawanna for No. 1 in scoring defense at 11.2 points per game. Monroe is also No. 1 in total defense at 173.1 yards per game allowed, No. 1 in rush defense (30.2 ypg) and eighth in passing defense (142.9 ypg).

Monroe also brings some gaudy offensive numbers with a nation-leading 52.5 points per game. Monroe is balanced offensively, averaging 247.6 passing yards and 172.1 rushing yards per game.