Hutchinson's triple option ground game averaged 375 yards per game coming into Friday night's match up against Dodge City. It proved to be their most valuable weapon once again as they ran over the Demons 49-17.
Despite their status as last in their district, the Demons got off to better start than most expected. The Salthawks started with the ground pounding on the second drive of the game. Hutch senior fullback Will Smith pushed it up the middle to score first for the Hawk 7-0.
Dodge City posted a solid drive early in the first quarter but were forced into a 30-yard Dillon Burkhard field goal. The score put the Demons on the board but Hutch remained ahead 7-3.
Hutch pulled out another rushing weapon with only a minute left in the first quarter. Sophomore running back Colby Turner followed his blocks perfectly to put up another six points for the Hawks 14-3.
On the first play of the Demons next drive junior quarterback Kelan Newton gave a hard pump fake and then dropped back to hit senior receiver Jordan Doan for a 69-yard touchdown. The Demons were still in it but down 14-10.
On the first drive of the second quarter, Hutch senior running back Dakota Brower made a vital one-handed catch to keep the Hawks drive alive. Before going into a weather delay a 20-yard power play to Hutch’s Turner again put him in the end zone to keep the Hawks up 21-10.
Dodge came back after the delay with a big drive that gave senior running back Parker Davis a 3-yard touchdown. As soon as the Demons thought they were within reach of taking the lead Hutch senior quarterback Trevor Turner found senior receiver Evan Gaines-Grissom downfield. No Demon even close and he pranced in for the touchdown.
Dodge was still nipping on the Hawks' heels at halftime 28-17. The second half, however, was all about the Salthawks and their vicious running game. Two quarterback keepers resulted in touchdowns by Trevor Turner and sophomore quarterback Turner Wintz. Colby Turner scored again as well as and the Salthawks took home the win 49 to 17.