GARDEN CITY, Kan. — The Hutchinson Salthawk football team dug deep into their bag of tricks Friday night to come out of Garden City with a 21-20 victory.
That bag contained many players training on both sides of the ball this off season and the time came for senior linebacker Jack Hawver to slide into the fullback position with the offense and drive down the field late in the 4th quarter to set up a 1 yard dive for quarterback Myles Thompson to tie the game at 20-20. Carter Booe added the extra point to give the Salthawks their first lead of the night 21-20.
Garden City's productive offense was not done however as they drove deep into Hutchinson territory before incomplete passes and holding penalties became their demises as Hutchinson held and took over on downs to take a knee and get the win. The defensive secondary stepped up big in the closing minutes.
Hutchinson opens their 2020 home schedule on Friday as Maize South (2-0) comes to Gowans Stadium for a 7pm kickoff. It will be senior night for the Salthawks. Salthawk athletic director, Kevin Armstrong urges the fans to exercise social distancing and reminds that Gowens Stadium's COVID-19 capacity will be 25%.