Hutchinson ran straight at -- and through -- Holy Family, while flirting with a Prep Bowl scoring record.
Hutchinson spent the season making a case for being the most complete team in Class 4A. It made a convincing final argument Friday with its most decisive performance of a dominant season, routing Holy Family 67-7 for the Class 4A state championship.
"All week our coaches kept saying, 'Don't take them lightly, don't take them lightly,'" defensive end Shaun Schindler said. "This was probably our best game of the year."
If the final score was startling, it wasn't a complete surprise. The teams played in the regular season, with Hutchinson winning 60-7. With improvements made by Holy Family since then and the magnitude of the game, however, no one expected a repeat.
It wasn't. It was worse.
Bigger and faster than their Wright County Conference rivals, the Tigers took one series to warm up, then hit the gas and pulled away, leaving Holy Family sputtering and stunned.
Hutchinson fumbled on its first drive, then scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions. Quarterback McKinley Anderson finished three consecutive scoring drives with 1-yard touchdown runs.
"We talk all the time about scoring when we get close because we know that McKinley will call his number if we don't," joked running back Tory Adams. "Seriously, it really doesn't matter who scores."
Adams, Evan Metag and Mitch Petersen got in on the action soon after, helping Hutchinson to a 42-0 halftime lead. The Tigers rolled up 303 yards of offense before halftime, all rushing, and finished with 534 yards on the ground.
The third quarter was more of the same. Taking the opening kickoff of the second half, Hutchinson (13-0) moved effortlessly through the Holy Family defense, going 57 yards on six plays and increasing its lead to 48-0 when Petersen snake-danced his way for a 3-yard touchdown. Another Petersen run for a touchdown -- a 24-yard end around -- made it 54-0.
Even the Hutchinson backups got into the action. Jordan Yira returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown, and Robbie Grimsley had a 54-yard scoring run.
Holy Family (10-4) avoided a shutout late in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Connor Byrnes.
Hutchinson's 67 points were the second most in a Prep Bowl. Triton scored 70 in the 2006 Class 2A championship game.
"This is the best feeling ever," said Anderson, who did not throw a pass. "It means a lot to us and to the town. There's so much tradition in Hutchinson football that it's unbelievable to say we won one."
Holy Family coach Dave Hopkins was realistic afterward.
"That," he said, "was the best team I've ever coached against."
|Golden State||7:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||9:30 PM|
|Vancouver||2||2nd Prd 14:18|
|Arizona||3||2nd Prd 16:39|
|Montreal||3||2nd Prd 17:07|
|Philadelphia||0||1st Prd 3:58|
|Chicago||1||1st Prd 1:43|
|St. Louis||0||1st Prd 19:36|
|East Tenn St||73||FINAL|
|Winthrop||29||2nd Half 15:48|
|Delaware||46||2nd Half 15:30|
|Jacksonville St||36||2nd Half 13:05|
|Northeastern||34||2nd Half 12:39|
|Sacred Heart||54||2nd Half 15:50|
|Western Carolina||27||2nd Half 16:45|
|Char Southern||39||2nd Half 19:21|
|Western Ill||25||2nd Half 20:00|
|Nebraska Omaha||32||2nd Half 18:24|
|Radford||33||2nd Half 19:24|
|St Francis-NY||27||2nd Half|
|Wofford||35||2nd Half 15:52|
|Minnesota||38||2nd Half 19:04|
|High Point||47||2nd Half 17:05|
|Samford||33||2nd Half 18:49|
|Nebraska||34||2nd Half 15:03|
|Wagner||29||2nd Half 17:20|
|Mount St Marys||26||2nd Half 17:30|
|Houston||34||2nd Half 17:34|
|Vanderbilt||32||2nd Half 15:31|
|Chattanooga||34||2nd Half 17:05|
|Milwaukee||31||2nd Half 18:19|
|Coastal Carolina||23||2nd Half 18:50|
|Central Conn St||48||2nd Half 15:40|
|Ga Southern||29||1st Half 3:51|
|SIU Edwardsville||7:00 PM|
|Green Bay||4||1st Half 18:26|
|Texas-El Paso||2||1st Half 15:41|
|FIU||3||1st Half 17:45|
|Rider||0||1st Half 19:07|
|Eastern Ill||7:00 PM|
|North Dakota St||2||1st Half 15:40|
|Old Dominion||4||1st Half 18:05|
|TX-San Antonio||8||1st Half 17:30|
|UT Martin||6||1st Half 17:04|
|Fla Atlantic||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Northern Ariz||2||1st Half 19:07|
|Grand Canyon||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Utah Valley U||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Georgia State||7:30 PM|
|Tenn Tech||8:00 PM|
|Southern Utah||8:00 PM|
|Montana State||8:05 PM|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|UC Irvine||9:00 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||9:00 PM|
|Arizona State||9:30 PM|
|San Diego||10:00 PM|
|St Marys-CA||10:00 PM|
|Oregon State||10:00 PM|
|Long Beach State||10:59 PM|
|Troy||67||2nd Half 3:49|
|Georgia State||40||2nd Half 2:22|
|William & Mary||49||2nd Half 17:44|
|Coll of Charleston||33|
|Delaware||37||2nd Half 15:57|
|UMBC||15||2nd Half 17:19|
|UMass Lowell||30||2nd Half|
|Albany||27||2nd Half 20:00|
|Stony Brook||30||2nd Half 20:00|
|Boston College||31||2nd Half|
|(23) Syracuse||33||2nd Half|
|(16) Duke||19||2nd Half 20:00|
|Florida||22||1st Half 0:10|
|NC State||27||2nd Half 20:00|
|(9) Florida State||39|
|Miami-Florida||43||2nd Half 15:06|
|LSU||23||2nd Half 19:52|
|(11) Miss State||26||2nd Half|
|(2) South Carolina||39|
|Fairfield||42||2nd Half 14:31|
|(15) North Carolina||35|
|Pittsburgh||29||2nd Half 18:52|
|(4) Notre Dame||44|
|Ohio State||47||2nd Half 17:23|
|(22) George Washington||39||2nd Half 16:48|
|Saint Louis||26||2nd Half 17:04|
|Wright State||43||2nd Half 15:40|
|Green Bay||42||2nd Half 16:07|
|Western Ky||46||2nd Half|
|North Texas||30||2nd Half 20:00|
|Central Arkansas||22||1st Half 4:40|
|Sam Houston St||13|
|SE Louisiana||36||1st Half 0:35|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Denver||3||1st Half 17:50|
|No Dakota State||0|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||2||1st Half 16:51|
|Lamar||4||1st Half 18:32|
|Western Ill||2||1st Half 18:52|
|South Dakota St||4|
|(12) Texas A&M|
|(13) Kentucky||7:00 PM|
|(20) Rutgers||4||1st Half 16:00|
|Southern Miss||7:00 PM|
|North Dakota||7:30 PM|
|Northern Colorado||8:00 PM|
|Eastern Washington||8:00 PM|
|(6) Tennessee||8:00 PM|
|(24) California||8:00 PM|
|(19) Stanford||8:00 PM|
|(7) Oregon State|
|Chicago State||8:00 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|San Francisco||8:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|UC Santa Barbara||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach St|
|Cal Poly||9:00 PM|
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