The No. 12 Hutchinson Community College football team rolled up 700-plus yards of total offense for the third time this season while scoring the fourth-most points and posting the third-largest blowout in program history as the Blue Dragons overwhelmed Independence 75-0 in a Jayhawk Conference victory on Saturday night at Gowans Stadium.
Hutchinson (6-1, 5-0 Jayhawk Conference) scored on its first four and 9 of its first 10 possessions in racking up the third-most total offensive yards in team history. HCC had 724 yards last week against Air Force Prep and 716 yards on Sept. 8 at Garden City.
Defensively, the Blue Dragons shut out Independence for the second-straight year, holding the Pirates (3-5, 1-5) to 153 total yards, just 61 yards through three quarters. Independence got into HCC territory only three times in 17 possessions, driving as far as the Blue Dragon 21-yard line. The Blue Dragons forced five negative-yardage Independence possessions.
Hutchinson’s defense had season highs of five quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss. HCC also had three takeaways. HCC held Independence to 23 rushing yards, 130 passing yards and only eight first downs.
The Blue Dragons have won seven straight and 25 of the last 26 meetings against Independence.
The 75 points scored were the most scored against Independence and the 75-point margin of victory was the largest in series history. The Blue Dragons won their 50th game against the Pirates all time, the most victories against any single opponent in Blue Dragon football history.
On his first rushing attempt of the night, a 25-yard gain, sophomore running back Terrell Lane became the 16th Blue Dragon to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Lane finished the night with his seventh-straight 100-yard rushing game of the season, going for 178 yards on 19 carries.
Lane jumped from ninth to seventh on the Blue Dragon career rushing list with 1,615 yards. He now has 1,152 rushing yards for the season, which is 10th on the single-season list.
Lane accounted for four total touchdowns, three rushing scores of 27, 15 and 2 yards and a 27-yard touchdown reception. Lane now has 29 career touchdowns and 156 career points, both marks rank third for a career.
Freshman quarterback Luke Barnes had his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season, completing 23 of 34 passes for 319 yards with five touchdown passes and one interception. Barnes accounted for seven touchdowns. He threw TD passes of 27, 47, 56, 9 and 23 yards and rushing touchdowns of 1 and 5 yards. It’s the third time this season that Barnes has had five or more touchdown passes in four games this season.
Barnes has 2,375 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes through seven games. He remains No. 4 on the single-season passing yards list and jumped to 10th on the career passing list. Barnes ranks No. 2 in single-season touchdown passes and third in career TD passes.
Several other Blue Dragons had big nights on Saturday night.
Sophomore running back LaQua Mayes had career highs of 168 yards and 16 carries and a 60-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore receiver Antonio Johnson caught a career-high three touchdown passes, catching eight overall for 140 yards.
Sophomore receiver Kody Cook caught seven passes for a career-high 103 yards and a 47-yard touchdown pass.
Lane had 205 all-purpose yards, Mayes had 178 all-purpose yards, Johnson accounted for 140 yards and Cook had 107 all-purpose yards.
Defensively, freshman Brock Long had several special teams tackles and finished with a career-best 13 tackles with one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.
Defensively, Brandon Oakes intercepted a pass in the end zone and Keegan Murphy had a fumble recovery.
The Blue Dragons led 28-0 after one quarter and 55-0 at halftime. The 55 points in the first half established a new team record that was set last season when HCC scored 49 in a half against Highland.
Over the last two weeks, the Blue Dragons have produced 141 points, 64 first downs and 1,439 total yards. Defensively over the last four games, HCC’s defense has allowed just 29 total points.
The Blue Dragons will play at Fort Scott next Saturday in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Frary Field in Fort Scott.
GAME NOTES – This was Hutchinson’s 135 all-time shutout of an opponent and the 11th of Independence. … HCC scored 90 points vs. Highland last season, 83 vs. Dodge City in 1987 and 77 vs. Arkansas City in 1950. … HCC has scored 380 points for the season, with ranks No. 7 in team history. … HCC is now 50-21-5 all time vs. Independence, including 31-8-2 in games at Hutchinson. … Hutchinson has outscored Independence 145-0 in the last two games. … This was Hutch’s fourth 70-point game in the last 42 games played. … Luke Barnes jumps from fifth to second in single-season completions with 179. That mark ranks sixth on the career chart. … Kicker Michael Mesh scored eight points for a career total of 154 points. He fell from third to fourth on the career list as his teammate Terrell Lane passed him. … Lane jumped from a tie for eighth to fifth in single-season scoring with 96 points. … HCC was 8 of 9 in Red Zone conversions. The one miss is only the second time this season the Blue Dragons haven’t converted in the Red Zone in 34 chances.
(HCC Sports Information)