Last Game: Hutchinson 41 DC 0
Game Recap: Hutchinson moved into the section finals on the strength of their Defense posting a 41-0 shutout of the Dassel Cokato Chargers in the Section 2AAAA Semi Finals. The TIgers defense held the Chargers to just 126 yards of total offense for the game, plus Hutchinson’s defense got an Interception from Adam Elliot, a fumble recovery by Nathan Dettman, 2 sacks from Jake Wendland, and 1 sack from Grant Baumetz. Offensively Jaedon Fleck rushed for 105 yards, while Tory Adams scored 3 Touchdowns, and Robbie Grimsley had 2 Touchdowns.
Current Record: 9-0
This Week’s Opponent: #2 Waseca (9-0)
About the Opponent: The Bluejays have come out of nowhere this season to be the only other team in Class 4A to have an undefeated season going. Waseca has shown a 6 win improvement over last year’s 3-6 squad. Offense has been the key for the Bluejays, namely QB Thomas O’Niel. O’Niel will be the best player Hutchinson has seen this year. He can run like a running back, and throw the ball a bit. He’s been nursing an injury as of late but you wouldn’t be able to tell. He still ran for 145 yards and 2 TD’s last week vs. Marshall, and threw for a TD. Defensively Waseca is susceptible to giving up some points. They allow about 16 points per game, but have given up 21 or more points a game 4 times this season.
Key Hutch Players: All 11 defensive players. You almost have to play “GSL Defense” in this one. When Hutch plays GSL they play an assignment oriented, team defense since you don’t know who GSL will give the ball to. Waseca’s QB Thomas O’Niel is kind of the same way. Even if a play is designed to go right, it doesn’t mean he won’t go left. Everyone needs to stay in their gap, on their assignment…identify the ball carrier or play…and swarm.
- Make O’Niel throw. We mentioned above Waseca QB Thomas O’Niel can run like a running back. He’s good throwing, but he’s a much better runner. Try to take that away from him.
- Experience. Waseca’s only trip to the state football tournament was in 2009. This year’s seniors would have been in 8th grade, so while they remember that trip they didn’t play in the game. The Tigers can look back on their experiences winning the title last year, every player on the roster knows what it takes to win this game.
- Run the ball. We’ve said it a million times…here’s a Million and one. The best way to keep a good offense down is to not let them on the field. 10-15 play drives for Hutch’s offense will help. This will also help tire out some of the two way players Waseca has.
- Turnovers. Unless you’re the Detroit Lions last weekend beating Dallas despite turning the ball over 4 times…you just don’t win games by coughing up the ball. Especially in games expected to be so close, one turnover, one mistake…can be the play that gives you…one loss.
- A useless/interesting fact for you…Waseca is one of the smallest (if not the smallest) school in Class 4A. According to the MSHSL website Waseca’s enrollment in Grades 9-12 is 500 kids. To compare, Glencoe Silver Lake in Class 3A has 486 kids.