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Salthawks Stun Bishop Carroll with Late Defensive Touchdown

By Brad Hallier, Ad Astra Radio


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Cold, windy and rainy. Perfect conditions for Hutchinson High football during the playoffs.

A team built on defense and running the ball got plenty of defense and enough of a rushing attack in beating Bishop Carroll 14-7 on Friday in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs at Gowans Stadium.

The win avenged a pair of season-ending losses the last two seasons to the Golden Eagles. Carroll won 42-28 in 2020, and last season won 31-28 in overtime.

The Salthawks got 170 rushing yards, and they held Bishop Carroll to 213 yards. They also got a late fumble return for a touchdown from Mason Jones, the decisive score in a fingernail-chewing playoff game.


Nic Lange put the Salthawks ahead 7-0 late in the first half on a 1-yard touchdown run. Bishop Carroll answered in the third quarter on a Thomas Gorges 42-yard touchdown run.

Both teams struggled to move the ball after that, but the Salthawks forced a fumble late, leading to Jones’ 19-yard return.

Zion Burgess led Hutchinson’s offense with 71 yards rushing.

The Salthawks improved to 8-2 and advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016. The eight wins equal the most Hutch has won in Vernon’s five seasons. The 2020 team finished 8-2.