Tiger Gameday – Section Championship 23 Oct 15

Tiger Gameday – Section Championship, 2015 Season

Last Game:  Hutchinson 25 Waseca 22

Game Recap: It was a back and forth affair all night long, but Hutchinson held on for a 25-22 upset win over #2 Waseca in Section 2AAAA Football Tuesday night.  FB Kendall Glaser ran for 138 yards and 3 Touchdowns in the game, his final one in the 4th quarter to put Hutch up by 2 scores.  The Blue Jays would score midway through the 4th quarter to bring it to a 3 point game, but the Defense held in final drive and gave Hutch the victory.  Senior Travis Gauer ran for 139 yards in the game and WR Maguire Petersen had a TD Reception.

Current Record: 7-3

This Week’s Opponent: Marshall (8-1)

About the Opponent: Marshall has been the top team in the Section consistently this year on offense and defense.  The Marshall defense has pitched 6 shutouts in 9 games this year, while their Offense’s low scoring output has been 35 points.  They have multiple Seniors that will be playing Division 1 football next year in college.  They have size and speed.  Might be the best Marshall team Hutchinson has seen over the years. 

Key Hutch Players:  This one is going to be the Defensive Line and Linebackers.  The only way to have a chance against Marshall is to stop or slow down their running game.  And with the speed the Marshall backs have, if they get to the second level of the defense…they might be gone.  It puts a lot of pressure on the initial defenders to be stout.  Watch out for RB Jefferson Lee who leads the state in Touchdown Runs.  Blaise Andries might be the Best OL in the state.  Might be the biggest key to the game-holding down the run.

Games Storylines:

  1. Mistakes.  Hutch did a great job against Waseca of causing some turnovers and not getting in trouble with the penalties.  They’ll have to be better here in both categories.  Getting turnovers are going to be a MUST for a win.        
  2. Offense has to sustain some drives.  You’ll likely see Hutchinson going for more 4th down plays than in past games just due to the fact they need to sustain some drives and get points.  Punting a lot and relying on your defense might not cut it here.    On a related note, Hutch I’m sure would love some of those 15 play, 8 minute drives they’ve been historically known for. 
  3. Get some big plays.  Whether it’s an Interception your defense makes, a key stand on 4th down, a long TD Run, whatever, hutch will have to get big plays.
  4. Short Week, Weird Schedule.  Not only is game day a Saturday, but it’s ACT testing day so it’s not a normal game day.  Shouldn’t matter too much, it is Week 11 after all…you should know what your doing by now.  But it is something to keep in mind…Long Day, Long bus ride, lots of anticipation for the Tigers 5th straight Section Championship Game. 
  5. A useless/interesting fact…WR Maguire Petersen has had a great season, and has really come on in the second half of the season.  In fact with his TD last week, Petersen now has the second most TD catches in a single season in school history.  According to the coaches, Petersen trails only 90’s graduate Brian Brinkmeyer for the school record.  Brian had 17 TD catches in a season.  Who threw him the ball?  Well it’s Marshall’s College Coach…SW MN State’s Cory Sauter.