Sep 16, 2023

🏈🎧 Defense, big plays power Salthawks over Maize South

Posted Sep 16, 2023 3:09 AM
(Sean Boston/Hutch Post)
(Sean Boston/Hutch Post)

MAIZE, Kan. — The Hutchinson High School football team forced four Maize South turnovers in a 28-23 Salthawks win on the road Friday evening. 

Hutchinson (2-1) junior Terrell King had a monster night for the Salthawks with five receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns, while also rallying two interceptions on defense. 

Senior Jax Heneha also had a big night with two interceptions defensively. Heneha sealed the win with his second pick and a 61-yard return midway in the fourth quarter to help setup the final Salthawks score. 

Hutchinson trailed Maize South (2-1) 14-3 at halftime, but the Salthawks used a pair of big plays in the third quarter to come from behind and take the lead. 

Sophomore quarterback Robert Hunter found senior Terrell King for a 62-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14 with 3:52 left in the third. The two connected just over three minutes later when King, right after picking off a Maize South pass, scored on an 80-yard hookup to put the Salthawks in front, 21-14. 

The Hutchinson offense ran 70 plays for 371 yards, while the Maize South offense ran 45 plays for 194 yards. 

Hunter finished 9-for-16 passing for 215 yards and three scores. 

Hutchinson used a balanced rushing attack, as senior Zion Burgess ran the ball 16 times for 63 yards, Hunter 15 times for 19 yards and junior Kade Smith 10 carries for 66 yards. 

Maize South junior Tate McNew finished 14-for-26 passing for 156 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. 

The Salthawks defense held the Maize South rushing attack to 38 yards on 19 carries. 

Hutchinson will host Derby (2-1) next Friday at Gowans Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff, while Maize South will travel to Newton (1-2).