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October 10, 2013BLUE DRAGONS CRUISE TO SHUTOUT VICTORY OVER BETHANY JV
LINDSBORG - The Hutchinson Community College football team scored 29 first-quarter points and went on to post a 50-0 non-conference victory over the Bethany College Junior Varsity team on Wednesday at Anderson Stadium/Lindstrom Field.
This is the first of a two-game-in-four-day stretch for Hutchinson (4-2). The Blue Dragons had to pick up the Bethany JV to fill their schedule after Air Force Prep had to cancel last Saturday's scheduled game in Colorado Springs because of the government shutdown. The Blue Dragons will travel to Independence on Saturday for that regularly scheduled Jayhawk Conference game with the Pirates.
Hutchinson took charge right away, forcing a three-and-out on Bethany's first possession and then scoring 29 first-quarter points, a season high for a quarter. HCC out-gained Bethany 144-14 in the opening quarter.
The Blue Dragons scored on two Luke Barnes-to-Chris Murray touchdown passes, a Mike Blakely 57-yard punt return for a touchdown, a safety on a Swede punt snap out of the end zone and an Orange Mooney rushing touchdown.
Hutchinson amassed 300 or more total yards for the second-straight game, amassing 329 total yards. HCC had 201 passing yards and 129 rushing yards.
Defensively, the Blue Dragons allowed season lows of three first downs, 45 passing yards, a minus-14 rushing yards and 31 total yards. HCC had two takeaways and 17 tackles for loss. The Blue Dragons also had a defensive touchdown when defensive lineman James Peoples returned a sack/fumble forced by Carnell Simon 56 yards for his first career touchdown. The Blue Dragons held Bethany to 0 of 14 on third down and 0 of 5 on fourth down.
Barnes, who played jus the first two series of the game for Hutchinson, threw is ongoing school-record 47th and 48th career touchdown passes. Barnes completed 6 of 7 passes for 96 yards. Freshman quarterback Frankie Seurer had his first passing touchdown and first rushing touchdown as a Blue Dragon. He completed 8 of 12 passes for 105 yards and was HCC's leading rusher with 49 yards on 11 carries.
Sophomore Orange Mooney had 46 yards on three carries and freshman Jovan Toles rushed for 38 yards on 12 carries.
Nine different receivers caught passes for the Blue Dragons. Murray had three receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Blakely caught three balls for nine yards. Corey Turner had three catches for 10 yards.
Bethany quarterback Jordan Hess - one of three QBs used by the Swedes - completed 6 of 14 passes for 52 yards and an interception. Williams Hughes led the Swedes in rushing with eight yards on two attempts.
Hutchinson scored on its first two possessions with Barnes running the controls. Barnes burned Bethany's blitz twice to build a 13-0 lead. First Barnes found Murray on a screen pass against the blitz for a 30-yard touchdown to complete a 53-yard, 4-play drive. Barnes then found Murray as the hot receiver against the blitz and Murray caught a 33-yard touchdown pass for a 13-0 lead just 5 minutes, 51 seconds into the game.
Bethany's third possession ended in a third-straight 3-and-out. Blakely took the punt at the HCC 43, made a couple of moves and sprinted into the end zone for Hutchinson's second special teams' touchdown of the season and a 20-0 lead. Another Bethany 3-and-out led to a high Swede punt snap that went through the end zone and HCC led 22-0 with 3:23 to play.
HCC took the ensuing free kick to the Bethany 39. Mooney covered the distance by himself in two plays, the first a 34-yard run and the second a 5-yard burst into the end zone and HCC led 29-0 with 3:01 to play in the opening quarter.
The Blue Dragons scored single touchdowns in each of the final three quarters.
Seurer guided the Blue Dragons 67 yards in 12 plays and finished off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:17 to play in the second quarter for a 36-0 halftime lead. Seurer completed a 27-yard touchdown strike to Jabril Soloman with 8:55 to play in the third quarter for 43-0 lead.
The defense closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter when Simon sacked Bess and forced a fumble. Peoples then returned the fumble 56 yards for Hutchinson's second defensive touchdown of the season.
Bethany made a final push to end HCC's shutout bid late in the game. The Swedes drove to the Dragon 5, but a 3-yard tackle for loss on first down and three-straight incompletions ended the game and secured HCC's first shutout in 12 games.
Kickoff on Saturday night at Emmott Field in Independence is at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES - This was Hutchinson's 137th all-time shutout in team history. This was the first time that HCC played an NAIA program since 1988 and first KCAC team since 1980. The Blue Dragons are 14-2 all-time vs. NAIA programs. This was Hutchinson's first-ever meeting with Bethany. This was the 15th time in the last 42 games for HCC to score at least 50 points. Claude George had his first career interception on the final play of the first half. HCC out-gained Bethany 253-17 in the first half.