In a 67-7 domination on Nov. 23, Hutchinson completed a perfect season, easily grabbing the Class 4A Prep Bowl title over Holy Family.
Hutchinson favored an offensive game composed entirely of rushing yards. The Tigers wouldn’t throw a single pass all afternoon.
While leading only 7-0 after the first quarter, the second quarter was all Hutchinson offense, where the Tigers scored five touchdowns to lead 42-0 at halftime.
The third quarter was more of the same, including a 77-yard interception return for a Tiger touchdown.
In the fourth, the Tigers had opened up a 67-point lead before the Fire would prevent the shutout. Senior Connor Byrnes was able to run in a two-yard touchdown with three minutes to play in the game, but it was too little to late for the prep bowl title.
The 60-point margin of victory set a new prep bowl record, the former being a 2006 record for a 49-point victory. Hutchinson totaled 516 offensive yards on 54 offensive plays. The Fire gathered only 198 yards on 57 plays.
At quarterback, sophomore Hank Hopkins was 10-15 for 122 yards. He also threw two interceptions. Senior Rollie Lacy led the Fire receivers with 52 yards on three receptions. Other receiving leaders included junior Nick Hanscom (38 yards on four receptions), senior Rob LaRose (25 yards on one reception), and senior Derek Ogren (10 yards on one reception).
Byrnes and sophomore Chazz Johnson cumulated the team’s rushing yards. Byrnes had 10 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown, while Johnson had 12 carries for 33 yards.
Defensively, the Fire struggled to stop the Tiger rushing game, but Johnson and Ogren each forced a fumble during the game. LaRose had a fumble recovery and senior Stephen Kohler blocked a Tiger extra point attempt. Johnson, LaRose, and Hanscom led the defense with five tackles each.
The Fire finished the season with a 10-4 record.