Hutchinson ends Maize’s undefeated season, clenches AVCTL DI championship
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Hutchinson ended Maize’s undefeated season with a 32-28 win over the Eagles in a back and forth battle at home in the last game of the regular season.
Both teams came into Friday’s game undefeated in league play.
The Salthawks got off to a great start, with the defense forcing a three and out. The offense capitalized on a short field, scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run from quarterback Myles Thompson with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles were quick to respond, as senior running back Josh Sanders tied the game at 7 all with an 8-yard touchdown run with 2:47 left in the first quarter.
The Salthawks would strike back as a pitch from Thompson to Zach Hogan from 11 yards out put Hutchinson back on top. Maize blocked the extra point, giving Hutchinson a 13-7 lead.
But the Eagles were once again quick to respond, and with 7 minutes left in the half sophomore quarterback Avery Johnson hit Jacob Hanna in the end zone to give Maize its first lead of the game, going into half up 14-13.
Hutchinson would score first after the break on a 39-yard touchdown run from Anthony Blackwell to regain a 20-14 lead with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
But the Eagles answered once again, as a 60-yard run from Sanders set up Johnson to cap off the scoring drive on 4th and goal, giving Maize a 21-20 lead with under nine minutes to play in the game.
The Eagles would take their biggest lead of the night with 7:48 left to play, after Hutchinson fumbled the ensuing kick off and Maize recovered it. Sanders scored from 4 yards out to give the Eagles a 28-20 lead.
The Salthawks would strike back with under four minutes left, as Jalen Barlow found the end zone on a 21-yard score. Hutchinson went for 2 but the Eagles got the stop, leading 28-26.
On the ensuing kick off, Hutchinson recovered its onside kick, and with seven seconds left to play, Thompson got into the end zone on third and goal to pull off the 32-28 upset.
With the win, the Salthawks move on to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in league play. Hutchinson will enter the playoffs as the number two seed behind Wichita Northwest, and will host 15 seed Salina Central (1-7) next Friday.
The Eagles are the three seed and will host 14 seed Newton (2-6).
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