BLUE DRAGONS TOP COFFEYVILLE TO ADVANCE TO REGIONAL TITLE GAMENovember 5, 2012
HCC Sports Information
Quarterback Luke Barnes broke three single-season team records and receiver Antonio Johnson broke another as the No. 16 Hutchinson Community College football team defeated the Coffeyville Red Ravens 52-28 on Sunday in the Region VI Football Playoff Semifinals at Gowans Stadium.
The Blue Dragons (8-2) advance to the Region VI championship game for the third-straight season and for the fourth time in the last five years. Hutchinson will travel to No. 2 Butler for the title game at 1:30 p.m. next Sunday in El Dorado.
The Blue Dragons remained perfect in 15 Region VI playoff games played at Gowans Stadium with a fifth-straight victory over Coffeyville (6-4). The Dragons led 17-7 late in the first half when freshman Brock Long forced a Red Raven fumble at the HCC 2. Then, after building a 38-7 lead with less than one minute to play in the third quarter, the Blue Dragons had to fend off the Ravens, who converted two onside kicks after touchdowns to pull within 38-28 with 7:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Barnes, who threw for a school-record 459 yards against Coffeyville on Aug. 25, completed 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday. In the process, Barnes surpassed PJ Peters (1995) for three school single-season record. Barnes set single-season records for passing yards (3,059), touchdown passes (35) and total offense (3,031 yards).
“I don't know if it felt different, but it felt like it was supposed to," said Barnes, referring to the Blue Dragons’ offensive struggles over the last two weeks. “We did nothing different. We came out and executed today, and we played Blue Tough football.”
Added receiver Miguel Johns: “It felt good to get back on track. It was a big monkey off our back going into this week."
Barnes’ three favorite receivers – Johnson, Johns and Jatavius Stewart – all had big days.
With eight catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, Johnson knocked out Cordarrelle Patterson (2011) as HCC’s single-season receptions leader with 65 receptions.
Stewart had nine receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. He became only the second HCC receiver in team history with at least 10 yards. Johns caught five balls for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
“We did a good job of completing passes,” said HCC head coach Rion Rhoades, who reached a milestone with his 50th victory as a head coach on Sunday. “I thought we could take advantage of their secondary a little bit. We practiced a lot on (blitzes). I had a feeling they'd bring pressure, and I thought we did a good job with that.”
For the first time this season, sophomore running back Terrell Lane was held under 100 yards, going for 51 yards on 19 carries. Lane did become the second HCC running back in history to rush for 1,500 yards in a season (1,537 yards). He is just 39 yards shy of Jamison Palmer’s 1998 record of 1,576 yards. Lane also is two yards shy of becoming the fifth Blue Dragon running back with 2,000 career yards.
Freshman Orange Mooney, playing for the first time in three weeks because of an injury, picked up the slack and gave the HCC rushing attack a spark, going for 114 yards on 12 carries, including a 73-yard bolt through the Red Raven defense.
Despite having the ball for 12 less minutes than Coffeyville – the Red Ravens had 101 offensive snaps to Hutchinson’s 72 – the Blue Dragons amassed 535 yards total offense. The Dragons ran for 187 on the ground. HCC had no turnovers.
Coffeyville actually out-gained HCC, rolling up 551 total yards (159 rushing, 392 passing). Raven quarterback A.J. Derby threw for 392 yards on 31 completions and a school-record 55 passing attempts. Derby threw for three touchdowns, but was sacked twice and intercepted twice. Coffeyville running back Andre Allen had 148 yards on 26 carries.
The Red Ravens committed four turnovers, getting fumble recoveries by Kenny Flowers and Christian Goodlett and interceptions from Long and a 51-yards return for a touchdown by Terell Hannah. Flowers finished with 14 tackles, while Terell and Shattle Fenteng had 11 and Long had 10.
The first points of the game came via a fortunate break for the Blue Dragons. A Lane punt hit a Coffeyville player in the leg and it was recovered at the Raven 2-yard line. Two plays later, Barnes scored for a 7-0 lead just 3:42 into the game. The Red Ravens tied the game at 7-7 late in the opening half when Derby committed with Alex Knorr for a 25 yard TD pass.
A Michael Mesh 30-yard field goal put HCC up 10-7 with 10:45 to play in the half. Several minutes later, Barnes connected with Johns for a 63-yard touchdown pass and a 17-7 lead with 4:25 to go. Coffeyville was poised to cut the lead to three points when Derby was headed for the end zone, but was drilled by Long and the fumble was recovered by Goodlett to tend this threat.
The Blue Dragons scored three third-quarter touchdowns. Barnes broke the TD pass record with a 25-yard scoring strike to Johns. He then found Johnson for a 5-yard scoring pass and then Mooney broke loose for a 73-yard TD run for a 38-7 lead with 46 second to play.
Coffeyville reeled off 21 unanswered, recovering two on-side kicks to mount a comeback. During one stretch, the Red Ravens ran 27 consecutive plays.
After forcing a punt, the Dragons marched 75 yards in 10 plays with Stewart catching Barnes’ fourth touchdown pass of the game from 17 yards out for a 45-28. Hannah’s 51-yard pick-six rounded out the scoring.
GAME NOTES – HCC is now 19-20 all-time in Region VI games, going 7-12 in the semifinal round. … HCC is 3-5 in playoff meetings with Coffeyville, going 3-3 in semifinal matchups. … Winning five in a row and 6 of 7, the HCC all-time record vs. Coffeyville is 23-54-4. … Barnes ranks fourth in career passing yards, second in touchdown passes and fifth in total offense. Barnes is now No. 3 in completions of 244. … Kicker Michael Mesh scored 10 points in the game, which moved him into third on the career charts with 171. … Stewart is tied for fifth in career scoring with 138, third in receiving yards with 1,503, Tied for fourth in career HCC, third in single-season receptions (55) and eighth in single-season receiving (762). … Antonio Johnson is now sixth in career receptions and seventh on the single-season yards list with 790. … Miguel Johns is now third in career receptions (83), eighth in single-season receptions (49) and sixth in single-season receiving yards (800).