For first-year Coffeyville Community College coach Aaron Flores, facing the No. 10 team in the nation for his first game was not ideal .
It was a situation made worse by Hutchinson quarterback Luke Barnes, who picked apart the Red Ravens for a school-record 459 passing yards and five touchdowns in his Blue Dragons’ debut, guiding the way to a 58-26 victory in the season opener for both teams .
“You like to see where you are right at the beginning of the season, and we have some work to do, but we did some good things,” Flores said. “I’m disappointed that we missed some opportunities early in the game and we missed some opportunities late, but the guys stuck together, and we’re going to take a step forward this next week.”
In the first quarter a back-and-forth battle began when Coffeyville made a 22-yard field goal, and roughly two minutes later Barnes ran in for a touchdown. Only 16 seconds later, Coffeyvillequarterback A.J. Derby hit Dominique Reed fora 72-yard touchdown.
The quarter ended with a career best 36-yard field goal from Hutchinson’s Michael Mesh, which he broke in the second quarter with a 39-yard field goal.
“Those two (field goals) stretched (Mesh) a little bit, but we have a lot of confidence in Mesh,” Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said.
The momentum began to shift in Hutchinson’s favor in the second quarter when it forced a fumble by a team rush. Brandon Oakes recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Coffeyville immediately answered the fumble recovery with a 98-yard kick return from Reed — the longest Hutchinson has ever allowed.
“(Reed) did both the receiver position and the return position as a true freshman, he’s really talented. The sky is the limit for him,” Flores said.
The third quarter started with a 30-20 Hutchinson lead, and LaQua Mayes’ first career receiving touchdown gave Hutchinson even more of a cushion.
In his debut, Barnes broke Hutchinson’s single-game passing record of 443 yards and finished with 459.
Hutchinson’s Jatavious Stewart finished with 149 receiving yards, topping his previous single-game record by 45 yards.
“We wore (Coffeyville) out, running the ball and throwing it. We knew depth would be a concern on the defensive line,” Rhoades said. “We have a lot of talented guys that can be a threat with the ball in their hands.”
C—Bishop 22 field goal
H—Barnes 1 run (Mesh kick)
C—Reed 72 pass from Derby (Bishop kick)
H—Mesh 36 field goal
H—Mesh 39 field goal
H—Oakes fumble recovery (Mesh kick)
C—Reed 98 run (Bishop kick)
H—Mesh 23 field goal
C—Bishop 20 field goal
H—Stewart 50 pass from Barnes (Mesh kick)
H—Mayes 38 pass from Barnes (Mesh kick)
C—Dagan Reed 16 pass from Derby (kick failed)
H—Stewart 11 pass from Barnes (Mesh kick)
H—Johns 67 pass from Barnes (Mesh kick)
H—Johns 24 pass from Barnes (Mesh kick)
In other Jayhawk action, Fort Scott defeated Highland 20-7 and Garden City led Independence 7-6 after the first quarter before a power outage forced the rest of the game to be played today at noon.
In other KCAC openers, Bacone beat Tabor 25-20.
B—Stewart 22 field goal
O—Wilkerson 19 pass from Johnson (Stamp kick)
B—Stewart 44 field goal
O—Stamp 38 field goal
B—Perry 5 pass from Vossen (Stewart kick)
O—Stamp 25 field goal
B—Werts -13 fumble recovery (Stewart kick)
B—Clarke 48 interception (Stewart kick)
O—Hilliger 5 pass from Gimzo (Stamp kick)