Blue Dragons get 45-16 win over Red Ravens

Hutchinson QB Elliot Alford

Freshman receiver Jatavious Stewart had another big game against Coffeyville, this time rolling up 176 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns to lead the 10th-ranked Hutchinson Community College football team to a 45-16 victory over the No. 20 Red Ravens in the Region VI Playoff semifinals on Sunday at Gowans Stadium.

The Blue Dragons (8-2) advance to the Region VI championship game for the second-straight year, for the third time in the last four years and for the sixth time overall after defeating Coffeyville for the second-straight week.

The Dragons will now meet No. 4 Butler at 1:30 p.m. next Sunday in a rematch of last year's and 2008 title game at Blackmore Stadium in El Dorado.

"This is something that we wanted to be able to do," said HCC head coach Rion Rhoades, referring to a rematch with Butler in the championship game. "We've earned the right to do that by winning two games in a row against the same team. I'm proud of the guys for getting it done. It's right where we want to be."

Hutchinson remained perfect in Region VI playoff games at Gowans Stadium, winning its 14th-straight postseason game at home by rushing for more than 300 yards for the second-straight week against the Red Ravens (6-3).

Stewart, who had 233 all-purpose yards last week against Coffeyville, amassed 176 all-purpose yards on Sunday. Stewart rushed for a career 110 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The freshman receiver also caught one pass for a 46-yard touchdown from Elliott Alford, who took sole possession of the single-season touchdown pass record with his 27th of the season.

Sophomore receiver Cordarrelle Patterson broke two more school records on Sunday, surpassing the great Mack Herron (1967-68) for career touchdowns (32) and points scored (192). Patterson had seven rushes for 87 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.

The other big play for Hutchinson on Sunday came on special teams and it came from another player who played a major factor in the first Coffeyville victory eight days ago. With HCC leading 17-6 in the second quarter, freshman Terrell Lane Tyler Bishop punt, picked the ball up himself and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.

"The last time we played them when they went into that punt formation, I was supposed to block the punt," said Lane who had 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week against Coffeyville. "After it hit my arms, I was scrambling to find the ball. When I looked up, it had already bounced. I didn't think it would bounce up again, but it did and I scooped it and scored."

Hutchinson rushed for more than 300 yards for the fourth time this season, rumbling for 336 yards and four rushing touchdowns. In addition to Stewart's and Patterson's big rushing games, redshirt freshman Deveon Dinwiddie rushed for 86 yards on 12 carries. Sophomore Derek Campbell had 31 yards on four attempts with a 1-yard touchdown.

HCC quarterback Elliott Alford became the fourth Blue Dragon quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in a season when he completed 8 of 16 passes for a season-low 98 yards and a touchdown. Alford moved into No. 3 on HCC's single-season passing list with 2,088 yards.

HCC outgained Coffeyville 434-337. The Red Ravens ran for 104 yards and passes for 233 yards. Raven quarterback Najee Tyler completed 22 of 43 passes for 224 yard with a touchdown. Jordan Jenkins had seven catches for 88 yards.

The Blue Dragons cashed in on their first two possessions against the Ravens. HCC scored on its first drive of the game when Stewart gashed the Raven defense for a 76-yard touchdown run to cap a five-play, 98-yard march. Then the Dragons traveled 61 yards in seven plays and took a 14-0 lead on Patterson's 8-yard rushing touchdown to lead 14-0 with 1:45 to play in the first quarter.

"We talked about it all week that the last thing in Coffeyville's mind was the fourth quarter last week," Rhoades said, referring to HCC scoring the final 28 points of the game in last week's game. "We needed to pick up where we left off to get a mental edge."

Coffeyville then used a big play of its own to get on the scoreboard. Garrett Atzenweiler burst up the middle untouched for a 36-yard touchdown run, but Jason Seibel blocked the extra point. HCC led 14-6 with 10:07 to play in the half. HCC's Michael Mesh kicked a season-long field goal from 36 yards out for a 17-6 Hutch lead.

The Dragons then forced a Coffeyville punt. Lane got the block, recovery and touchdown on a 20-yard return for a 24-6 lead with 6:57 to play in the quarter.

Hutchinson executed a two-minute drive by covering 58 yards in three plays when Alford lofted pass to the end zone that Stewart out-jumped a Coffeyville defender for a 31-6 lead.

The Dragons took a 38-7 lead on Patterson's record-breaking touchdown, a 14-yard run with 10:15 to play. Coffeyville added a field goal. Campbell scored from 1-yard out and then Alzenweiler caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Tyler on the final play of the third quarter for a 45-16 HCC lead.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 6-12 in Region VI semifinal games and are 18-19 in all Region VI games. … HCC is 21-54-4 all time against Coffeyville, but the Blue Dragons have won 4 of the last 5 meetings. …. HCC reaches the 500-point mark for the first time ever (now 510 points). … The Dragons now have 36 rushing touchdowns. … Terrell Lane's blocked punt and Jason Seibel's blocked extra points were HCC's sixth and seventh blocked kicks of the season.. It was the second time that HCC blocked a punt and returned for a touchdown. … Alford is now fourth in single-season completions with 146. HCC outscored Coffeyville 87-33 in two games.

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