DERBY — Playing quarterback at Hutchinson isn't like playing the position anywhere else. Other teams pass occasionally.
That didn't make it any less of an adjustment for senior Josh Smith, who took over behind center for the injured Cooper Bell and had been a high school quarterback for all of five days when he took his first snap Friday against Derby.
The adjustment period lasted exactly one series. From then on, Smith and the Salt Hawks dominated. Smith ran for 191 yards and five touchdowns in Hutchinson's 49-14 win over Derby. The game began Friday night and finished Saturday afternoon after being suspended midway through the second quarter with Hutchinson leading 28-7.
The Salt Hawks, ranked No. 1 in the state and a five-time defending state champion, have avenged both losses from last season — to Derby and Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst.
"Starting Monday, this is my first time taking reps at quarterback," Smith said. "It was quite a change, but with everyone around me being so great, they just made it easy for me."
Smith looked disoriented in Friday's opening series, rushing three times for six yards and a fumble before Hutchinson was forced to punt.
With running backs Deveon and Deshawn Dinwiddie behind him, Smith thrived after that. A stocky 5-foot-10, 215 pounds, Smith rumbled through tackles frequently to average more than 10 yards per carry. He gave the Salt Hawks their first lead, 14-7, with a 21-yard score in the first quarter and later added touchdowns of 1, 6, 27 and 57 yards. He didn't throw a pass.
Deveon Dinwiddie rushed for 108 yards, 11 more than older brother Deshawn. Ben Heeney's only carry was a 28-yard touchdown, and the Salt Hawks totaled 325 rushing yards.
"He's never taken a snap before, so he's not really our backup quarterback," Hutchinson coach Randy Dreiling said of Smith. "His yardage kind of surprised me, but he's tough to bring down. All those big runs weren't exactly how we had them drawn up. There was Josh Smith, kind of improvising at times."
Smith wasn't the only one forced to make a quick correction. Hutchinson's defense allowed a touchdown on Derby's first play, a 32-yard pass from Tyler Harrison to Devin Hedgepeth.
Though the Panthers had success passing the ball at the end of both halves, they never consistently moved the ball. Derby didn't reach positive rushing yards until the fourth quarter and went 11 possessions between touchdowns. Harrison was sacked seven times.
"We've been preparing for this since last year," Hutchinson defensive end Geneo Grissom said. "After we lost, we knew we can't come out and hope we're going to win. We have to know we're going to win, and play like that."
Hutchinson (4-0, 3-0) 14 21 14 0 — 49 Derby (2-2, 1-2) 7 0 0 7 — 14
D—Hedgepeth 32 pass from Harrison (Young kick)
H—Dev. Dinwiddie 5 run (Thomas kick)
H—Smith 21 run (Thomas kick)
H—Smith 1 run (Thomas kick)
H—Heeney 28 run (Thomas kick)
H—Smith 6 run (Thomas kick)
H—Smith 57 run (Thomas kick)
H—Smith 27 run (Thomas kick)
D—Harrison 5 run (Young kick)
Rushing—Hutchinson, Des. Dinwiddie 22-97, Smith 19-191, Dev. Dinwiddie 12-108, Stucky 2-1, Heeney 1-28, Warren 1-(-8); Derby, Harrison 10-(-24), Moore 9-15, Oaks 7-68, Sparks 1-4, Dunham 1-3.
Passing—Hutchinson, Dev. Dinwiddie 1-1-7-0; Derby, Harrison 14-32-144-1 INT, Dunham 1-1-28-0, Moore 0-1-0-0.
Receiving—Hutchinson, Pitzer 1-7; Derby, Hedgepeth 7-78, Jewell 5-56, Sparks 1-28, Gillogy 1-10.