Tiger Gameday – Week 1 28 Aug 13

Tiger Gameday – Week 1

Last Game:  Hutchinson 67 Holy Family 7, 2012 Prep Bowl

Game Recap: Hutchinson never threw the ball once in winning the school’s 4th state championship.  The Tigers rushed for 516 yards as a team, led by RB Tory Adams 197 yards and a TD.  Hutch finished the season undefeated 13-0, and came close to setting the prep bowl mark for most points scored in the Prep Bowl.  The record was 70 points.  The 60 point margin of victory was a Prep Bowl Record. 

Current Record: 0-0

This Week’s Opponent: Becker (0-0)

About the Opponent: Becker went 10-2 last year, eliminated by Hutchinson in the State Semi Finals in the Metrodome.  The Bulldogs didn’t like the Wright County Conference at all last year going 0-2 against WCC teams (lost to GSL also) and 10-0 against everyone else.  The Bulldogs will air the ball out, but will also try and spread the field for the run.  Look for Becker FB/LB Bobby Lee to make his presence felt

Key Hutch Players:  When you go into week one of a season you look to the returning starters to lead the newcomers.  Watch for RB Tory Adams to have a big year in the backfield.  “RG5” Robbie Grimsley will be all over the field.  We think  he may spend most of his time defensively, but an explosive playmaker like that will see the offensive side a bit too.  The O-Line returns mostly in tact with Jake Vanderheiden leading the way.  Defensively look for the Defensive Backs to be key here against the Becker air attack.  RG5, Riley Steenhoek, Adam Elliot, and Keegan Macemon will be tested. 

Games Storylines:

1.       Road to the Dome begins with a rough road.  If Hutch is to make it back to the dome this year, we might get an idea of that early in the season.  Games with Becker, GSL, and Delano in the first 4 weeks will show what this team is made of. 

2.       New Quarterback.  Junior Marcus Hahn takes over the QB reins from McKinley Anderson.  He’ll have a tough time matching Anderson’s record since MA lost just once in 2 years.  Hahn is a different QB than Anderson.  He’s a much better passer, and has a bit more speed.  He can be a very good QB for this team. 

3.       HEAT.  Kickoff temps will still be in the 80’s for this game.  That might give the edge to Hutch’s bruising running game of Adams and Peyton Lenz.  The 3rd and 4th quarters could be big after Becker’s had to tackle those two all game in the heat.  But no matter what, water breaks and keeping kids fresh will be huge. 

4.       Linebacker/End Play.  Becker likes to spread you out and then try and run on you.  But they might pass on you too.  This puts a lot of stress on the linebacking corp.  It’s been a strong suit in the past for Hutch,  but there are 3 new starters in that group that will be tested. 

5.       A useless/interesting fact for you…did you know this will be the third straight game Becker Coach Dwight Lundeen will be facing Andy Rostberg.  Lundeen’s team was eliminated by Hutch last year and he saw Coach Rostberg when the two coached the Minnesota State All Star Game this summer.  Rostberg is 2-0 in those games.