Tiger Gameday – State Semis 13 Nov 14

Tiger Gameday – State Semi Finals

Last Game:  Hutchinson 49 Holy Angels 14 37TH STRAIGHT WIN

Game Recap: Hutchinson was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time all season, but the Tigers had a big 2nd quarter to pull away from #2 Holy Angels and get a 49-14 win in the State Class 4A Quarterfinals.  The #1 ranked Tigers scored on their first possession of the second quarter witha  14 yard run from Robbie Grimsley.  Grimsley would add a 58 yard Touchdown run in the 3rd quarter.  QB Marcus Hahn had two 2nd quarter TD passes, one to Grant Baumetz and the other to Keegan Macemon on a key 4th down play.  Hutchinson’s starting defense allowed just their second Touchdown of the season in the 2nd quarter, but that would be all the Stars would get until the last drive of the game.  Adam Elliot and Robbie Grimsley had interceptions for the defense, while Grant Baumetz and Mason Kucera would record sacks. 

Current Record: 11-0

This Week’s Opponent: #7 De La Salle (10-1)

About the Opponent: Athletes, Athletes, and more Athletes…that’s the short version of what we’ll see out of the Islanders.  The long version is you’ll see a team that is very good offensively and has multiple weapons to use.  QB Billy Hart is very athletic and can keep plays going with his elusiveness.  He’s thrown for about 2,500 yards and 40 TD’s, plus ran for about 700 yards and 11 TD’s.  WR Marquise Bridges will be a future teammate of RG5 at North Dakota State and good reason for it.  He’s very dynamic as a playmaker and can really catch the ball (1319 yards, 21 TD).  Defensively the Islanders have given up a few points, but most of the time they are up big and defense isn’t needed too much. 

Key Hutch Players: All about the DB’s again.  We’ve featured them quite a bit this year and this week it’s a no brainer to do it again.  DLS will play with 4 WR’s quite a bit, sometimes 5.  They LOVE the bubble screens and let their playmakers work on the outside.  They also have to watch out for QB Hart to extend plays with his legs, then look to throw deep down the field.  It’s going to be a good challenge for the Tigers.  This is easily the best offense Hutchinson has faced this year.   And you know what, I don’t think it’s that bad of a matchup for Hutch.  We’ve got athletes too back there. 

Games Storylines:

  1. Weather.  Yep, gotta start here.  I like the quote from coach Andy Rostberg…”Weather’s a factor if you let it be a factor.”  That’s quite true.  It is a bit mind over matter in this case…but fact remains it will be bitter cold come Saturday.  The Football will be hard, will be tough to throw and catch it.  Will take some adjustments. 
  2. Wear them out.  DLS plays a lot of players both ways, some are some big boys.  Playing both ways is tough in normal conditions…constantly hitting in cold weather can sting a bit more.  Look for a second half push from the Tigers when players start to get gassed.  But then again, DLS has athletes…can you wear them out? 
  3. Mistakes/Turnovers.  A key to the game every week.  Last week’s game was pretty clean.  You need another effort like that again.  Play hard, Play on the edge, but don’t go over the edge committing dumb penalties.
  4. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.  The Tigers will gladly take the 2 play 80 yard drives…but in this case…getting 16 play 80 yard drives is a good thing too.  A good ol Tiger drive would keep the high powered Islander Offense off the field. 
  5. A useless/interesting fact for you…I already mentioned one DLS/Hutch connection.  WR Marquise Bridges of DLS and Robbie Grimsley of Hutchinson will be future teammates.  How about past teammates?  Current DLS head coach Sean McMenomy was a former teammate of Hutchinson’s Cory Sauter on the Minnesota Gophers.  McMenomy was a year ahead of Sauter, but still a teammate for 3 or 4 years.