Tiger Gameday: Section Semis 24 Oct 13

Tiger Gameday – Week 7

Last Game:  Hutchinson 47 Mound Westonka 0

Game Recap: The Hutchinson Tigers moved to 8-0 and won the Wright County Conference Eastern Division Championship with a 47-0 win over Mound Westonka.  Tigers Quarterback Marcus Hahn garnered Player of the Game honors throwing 12 of 15 for 281 yards and 3 Touchdowns.  Hahn completed passes to 7 different receivers in the game.  Senior Robbie Grimsley returned an Interception for a Touchdown early in the game to get the defense a big play early.  Hutch was off for Quarterfinal Tuesday getting a bye in Section play

Current Record: 8-0

This Week’s Opponent: Dassel Cokato (2-7) 

About the Opponent: Oh how different a team can look after a win.  The DC Chargers blasted Mankato East 47-12 in the Quarterfinal Round on Tuesday.  DC showed off three RB’s in Dalton Asplin, Joel Carlson, and Tommy Halonen.  Carlson and Halonen went for over 100 yards.  The team had season highs in almost every offensive category Tuesday playing very well.  DC’s defense shut down Mankato East for the most part but East was able to pass the ball against DC at times. 

Key Hutch Players: The Defensive Line and Linebackers will be key.  DC is coming off a game where their Offensive Line manhandled a bigger Mankato East Defensive Line, giving the Chargers runners massive holes to run through.  Stopping those runs and forcing DC to throw will be the Hutch goal. 

Games Storylines:

  1. Bottle up the DC run game.  The Chargers found big play threats Tuesday in Joel Carlson and Tommy Halonen.  Those two can score from anywhere on the field.  Keeping them in check will be key
  2. I’ll call this the Kitchen Sink Key.  DC is a team that doesn’t mind at all emptying the play book.  They threw out a QB Throwback play in Week 8 vs. GSL, and a Halfback Option Pass on Tuesday.  What’s next in the Ringling Brothers and DC Chargers circus?  Don’t know…but be prepared for anything. 
  3. The best thing for a lower seed is to hang around early and gain confidence.  If your hutch you’ll want to score early to grab the lead and control of the game.  Much easier to play ahead and force the issue with the Chargers. 
  4. Run the ball effectively.  Keeping the Hutch offense on the field keeps the DC offense on the bench, which is a good thing considering how well it played Tuesday.  Long drives of 10-15 plays are the prescription the doctor ordered. 
  5. A useless/interesting fact for you…DC Coach Ryan Weinandt played for St. John’s University under coach John Gagliadi in the early 2000’s…and he was pretty good too.  Weinandt won the MIAC’s STAM award his senior season, won multiple all conference awards, was an all-american his senior season, plus he helped the Johnnies win the 2003 National Championship.