Tiger Gameday – Week 6 02 Oct 14

Tiger Gameday – Week 6

Last Game:  Hutchinson 56 New Prague 7

Game Recap: Coming into the game, the Hutchinson coaching staff said they wanted to give Robbie Grimsley a bit of break to rest some nagging injuries.  Apparantly he didn’t need a break.  Grimsley scored the first 3 times he touched the ball, en route to amassing 320 total yards (rushing and receiving) and 6 Touchdowns.  Peyton Lenz and Jayden Fleck also scored Touchdowns for the Tigers in the Homecoming win.  Hutchinson has now won 31 straight games.  

Current Record: 5-0

This Week’s Opponent: Delano 2-3

About the Opponent: Hutchinson handed Delano their only two losses last year.  Once in the regular season, and again at the State Tournament.  But that Delano team was heavy on seniors.  Don’t expect to see that same team Friday night.  This Delano team still will try and rely on the run.  They have a trio of backs who will see carries in Ben Meyers, Nate Meyers, and Joel Koenecke.  The QB isn’t a threat to run this year, as Toby Hanson was last year.  Delano doesn’t throw a lot but when they do look for Koenecke or Austin Neisen.  Defensively Delano has been good with 6 sacks and 9 Interceptions this year. 

Key Hutch Players: Let’s go with the Offensive Line.  The men up front have been stellar for the Tigers this year, paving the way for almost 2,400 yards this year.  Delano’s pass rush and Defensive backfield has been good so far, and one of the best ways to take that out of the game is to road grade for RG5 and Bam Bam Fleck.  Neither needs too big of holes to work, but the holes are big this year making the backs jobs easier. 

Games Storylines:

  1. Trick plays.  Everyone I talk to says to watch out for a bit of trickery on Friday.  So I’ll put it in here.  Just stay assignment oriented on defense and things should be fine.  It’s when players start “cheating” on their assignments when things can go wrong. 
  2. Defensively focus on the run.  Delano is not going to beat you throwing the ball, but they can beat you if you don’t take away their run.  Delano has three backs who’ve not garnered a ton of yards, but their per carry average is good.  Solid RB’s here to watch out for.
  3. Mistakes.  Penalties improved last week, BUT the hankies still allowed one drive to continue into a scoring drive for NP.  Hutchinson hasn’t gotten many turnovers this season either.  Hey they are still winning so we might be nit picking a bit here. But as coaches say…there is always things to improve on. 
  4. Special Teams.  Wanted to draw a spotlight to these groups who don’t get much praise, but in reality have been VERY good this year.  Tackling on special teams has been great, teams aren’t returning much , and the kicking game has been almost flawless.  Nice job boys!
  5. A useless/interesting fact for you… Delano’s Merrill Pavlovich has been coaching for 38 years and has 279 wins in his career currently.  He’s 8th all time in that category.  Coming into the season he was tied for 8th at 277 wins, then passed him with a week 1 win over Dassel Cokato.  Who was Merrill tied with?  Hutch’s Grady Rostberg.