Tiger Gameday: Week 6 02 Oct 13

Tiger Gameday – Week 6

Last Game:  Hutchinson 47 Holy Family 0

Game Recap: The Tigers led pillar to post in this rematch of last year’s prep bowl beating Holy Family Catholic 47-0.  Big plays were the story of the game.  Hutch’s offense had the ball for a grand total of only 15 plays in the first half, but those 15 plays garnered 306 yards of offense and a 40-0 halftime lead.  Robbie Grimsley had Touchdown catches of 46 and 79 yards, while Jayden Juergensen caught one from 30 yards out.  RB Tory Adams had 3 Touchdowns on only 4 rushes for Hutchinson.  The Defense pitched their first shutout of the year.  DL Paxton Jordahl and Jake Wendland both had 2 sacks in the game. 

Current Record: 5-0

This Week’s Opponent: Delano (5-0)  It’s Homecoming!! 

About the Opponent: So not only is it homecoming, it’s the defacto Wright County Conference Eastern Division Championship game.  It’s very likely, neither one of these teams will lose in Weeks 7 and 8 making this game for the Title.  These teams have played three times in the most recent rivalry…Delano won 3 years ago, while Hutchinson took the game last year.  This year’s version of Delano is big and powerful.  Their lines are big and can move people and RB Jack Nelson (733 yards, 9 TD) is a good powerful back that can get upfield in a hurry.  Like Hutchinson they don’t pass much but when they do it tends to be big plays.  QB Toby Hanson will run and throw in the game, and when he throws it’s likely going to WR Adam Kraft (12 catches, 300 yards, 3 TD).  Statistically speaking there are no standouts on Delano defensively, but they have a bunch of very good, solid team players that know how to stop teams. 

Key Hutch Players:  Focus will be on the lines, Offensive and Defensive.  Can Hutchinson deal with the size and power of Delano.  Can the offensive line open holes for Grimsley and Adams, or give Hahn time to throw?  Can the much smaller Hutch defensive line use their speed and get some tackles and contain Delano runners? 

Games Storylines:

  1. Stay Focused.  Homecoming tends to bring out the emotions and fun.  But remember the Homecoming Dance ain’t much fun if you don’t win the game.  Enjoy the week, show your school pride, make some memories…just remember your assignements Friday night.  Playing a very good team should help staying focused. 
  2. Goodbye to the spread this week.  After seeing the spread in 4 of their first 5 games, Hutchinson’s defense will think they playing themselves.  Delano is a power team that will run run run…just like Hutch’s own offense does.
  3. Turnovers.  Each team wants to control the ball with their offense and get a turnover or two or three on defense.  Delano has been very good this year with their defensive backs (9 INT).  Getting a turnover and capitalizing on that turnover could be key.  Neither team is really built for a big comeback. 
  4. Bend but don’t break defense.  Hutch’s defense has given up Touchdowns on only 36% of an opponents trip into the red zone.  That means teams are getting past the 20, but they ain’t getting in.  That stat will have to hold true to get a win here.  Delano is too good to hold them out of the Red Zone, but Hutch can hold them out of the end zone.
  5. A useless/interesting fact for you…both teams are called the Tigers so we wondered just how common was that name?  Turns out the “Tigers” nickname is the second most common mascot among U.S. High Schools.  876 Schools in America have the Tigers nickname.   “Eagles” are the most common name with 1,223 schools having that name.  “Panthers” are #3 with 802 schools.