The No. 13 Hutchinson Blue Dragons met their third-straight nationally ranked opponent on Saturday as No. 12 Garden City came to Gowans Stadium. Last time these two teams met it was a purely offensive battle but this time around it was driven by defense. Garden City put up 273 total offensive yards compared to Hutchinson's 256 and ultimately the Blue Dragons came out on top 34-24.
Early in the game movement was a result of grinding it out on the ground. After seven plays and 45 yards with 11 minutes left in the first quarter Hutchinson's Mike Blakely pounded in a one yard touchdown run to put the Blue Dragons on the board first 7-0. Six minutes, eleven plays and 55 yards later Garden City responded with a two yard Michael Gerst blast into the end zone. That tied the game at seven. The Blue Dragons' running back Orange Mooney topped off the first quarter with a three-yard dive into the endzone to give Hutch the momentum.
The Broncbusters and the Blue Dragons swapped scores in the second quarter giving Hutch the halftime advantage 21-10. The big game changing moment came with the only scoring play of the third quarter. Two minutes remained in the quarter when a Garden City broken play turned into a Shattle Fenteng 41-yard interception return for a touchdown 27-10.
The Broncbusters battled back in the fourth quarter. They ended two drives only five minutes apart on scoring plays bringing them within three points of the Blue Dragons. The final scoring drive came with four minutes left. Hutch quarterback Luke Barnes connected with Jabril Solomon for a 42-yard touchdown pass. The Blue Dragons finish with the only big play of the night as they defeated Garden City 34-24.