EXECUTING THE SMALL THINGS, THE BLUE DRAGONS HOPE TO ADVANCE TO THE BOWL GAME. Before a game, during warm-up these athletes are very quiet, they do not talk. They try to stay focused, listening to music as they exit the locker room and walk the perimeter of the field “They are like the calm before the storm,” said Chelsea Bell, student athletic trainer from Hutchinson. Before kickoff, the atmosphere changes. Everyone is hyped up, doing handshakes, and encouraging each other. The crowd stands to clap as they watch the sea of red jerseys and white helmets march out onto the green turf field. Huddled together in the end zone, their helmets bob up and down as they start to jump. Spectators can hear them chanting clear from the stands about brothers, game time, and family. “We say ‘family’ a lot, we’re one big family,” Vance Johnson, Salina, said. A close-knit atmosphere is one of the things that Hutchinson Community College’s football team takes pride in. “They have really good chemistry, they care about each other,” Rion Rhoades, head football coach, said. This year’s season would not be as successful without all the hard work the coaches put into the team. According to Rhoades, the goal for the season was to get
better each week and be great teammates. “I love them, they are good coaches and good people. They treat you with respect on and off the field. They are going to help you and they care about every single player. They want everyone to get better and they give us everything we need to be great,” Johnson said. The season started off with a bang as the Blue Dragons came out and beat Coffeyvill in the first game with a final score of 34-29. “That’s when I realized this was going to be fun,” Johnson said.
Coach Rhoades talks to Vance Johnson, Salina, on the side line. Vance’s first college tackle as a safety was a tackle for loss. Allie Schweizer
2016-2017 Coffeyville Iowa Western Garden City Highland Iowa Central Kansas Wesleyan JV Ellsworth Butler Independence Fort Scott Dodge City Salt City Bowl
W 34-29 W 21-12 L 14-16 L 21-26 W 38-0 W 64-0 L 23-20 L 21-17 12:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Results as of October 27, 2016
Ronheen Bingham, Bennettsville, S.C., celebrates after a HCC touchdown. Ronheen’s first college touchdown was a 71-yard run. Allie Schweizer
Tre King, Wichita, lands in the end zone getting another touchdown. Tre scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter of the Highland game to bring HCC back and take the lead. Allie Schweizer
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