Derby rolls past Hutchinson in week 5 showdown

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 11:32 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Rolling over yet another opponent in week five, Derby outscored Hutchinson by 49 points. Coach Clark says he’s happy with how his team continues to improve every week and how they were able to come away with a 55-6 victory.

“After the Bishop Carroll game, our kids really started to get in better shape, and they started practicing a heck of a lot better,” said Derby head football coach Brandon Clark. “Very proud of them the way they’ve been practicing, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and starting to show up on Friday.”

Hutchinson hosted Derby in a 6A/ 5A mismatch. The Panthers got on the board first with a quick snap to tight end Drake Thatcher who kept the ball and ran it in for the touchdown.

In the second quarter, Mercer Thatcher aired it out to Cayden Brown down field. Brown beat his defender and carried it in for the second score of the game, putting the Panthers up 14-0.

Derby’s senior quarterback Mercer Thatcher said, “I think we need to improve just a little bit more on the passing game. And we’re having great practices. So, just keep focused and focus on our goals like the state championship.”

The game plan was for the Panthers to give Dylan Edwards the ball as much as possible and make the short, quick throws. That was possible with Derby’s offensive line holding blocks and keeping those holes open all night.

Derby running back Edwards got the hand-off on one play where he cut outside and took off down the sideline. He edged out several Salthawks to find the endzone and give the Panthers a 21-0 boost.

“All we ask is for good attitudes and great effort and they gave that tonight and I told them I was proud of them and loved them,” said Clark.

Thatcher had a couple quarterback keepers to extend Derby’s lead even more. Before halftime, kicker Scott Simmons setup an onside that Caden Riojas came down with to give Derby another shot at a touchdown. Derby took a 35-0 lead into the locker room.

In the fourth quarter, Caleb Brown ran the ball in from eight yards out to put Hutchinson on the board finally, 49-6.

Salthawks’ Devon Hackney wore the number 33 jersey against Derby instead of his usual number 38 in honor of his dad who passed this week.

Derby will be on the road at Campus next week…hoping to keep its undefeated streak alive.

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