There’s a reason the No. 4 (4A) Hutchinson football team is ranked fourth in the state. Continuing their undefeated season, the Tigers recently treated Holy Family to the same treatment they gave Waconia the week before, a 50-plus point blowout.
Falling to Hutchinson 60-7 on Sept. 28, the Fire got off to a poor start and trailed 20-0 after just the first quarter. Their lone touchdown came in the second on a one-yard rush by senior Connor Byrnes. Hutchinson continued to open the gap in the second half, coming off a 33-7 halftime lead. Scoring two touchdowns in each of the third and fourth quarters, the Tigers easily defeated the Fire.
Holy Family senior quarterback Ben Baker completed two of ten passes for 16 yards. Sophomore Hank Hopkins got some time at QB and completed four of ten passes for 54 yards. Senior Rob LaRose completed one pass (of two) for 14 yards. Sophomore Chazz Johnson was the team’s leading receiver with 37 yards on three receptions. Seniors Charlie Marschall and Derek Ogren both had two receptions for over 20 yards each. Rushing leaders for the Fire included senior Conner Riddle (93 yards), Baker (42), junior Nick Hanscom (39), and Byrnes (38 yards, one touchdown). The Fire scored one touchdown on 58 offensive plays for 325 yards. The Tigers had nine touchdowns on 45 offensive plays for 626 yards.
Defensively, Holy Family tackle leaders included Ogren (11 tackles), senior Tom Green (6), Johnson (6), and LaRose (5). Johnson and senior Stephen Kohler teamed up to block a Hutchinson extra point attempt. Baker also had one sack on the Tigers’ quarterback.
This week, the Fire will travel to Waconia for the Wildcats’ homecoming game on Oct. 5. Waconia is 1-4 this season after defeating Mound-Westonka last week.