McNeil running back Winston Hutchison quickly turned Friday's non-district clash between his Mavericks and Glenn into his own show.
The senior rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries to lead McNeil to a 48-29 win over Glenn at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
"You have got to be able to run the football at this level to have success, and that is what we want to do," McNeil head coach Howard McMahan said after the win. "I thought we did an exceptional job of that tonight."
Sophomore quarterback Luke Hutchison paced the Mavericks' passing game in the winning effort, going 8-for-10 with 93 yards and a touchdown as well as one rushing touchdown.
Glenn quarterback Drew McGuire finished with 146 yards on 8-for-17 passing. Julian Morris had 94 yards on 20 carries and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
On the first play from scrimmage, Hutchison took a handoff up the middle and broke free for a 78-yard touchdown. The running back fought off defenders on the line, then went untouched on his way to the endzone.
"I just stayed focused and did my job. I had fun out there," Hutchison said. "I trust my linemen and they took me to where I wanted to go tonight."
On the ensuing McNeil kickoff, Blake Henke picked up a Glenn fumble and ran the ball in from 18 yards out to give McNeil a 14-0 lead after just 33 seconds of play.
"That was devastating. It was devastating to be two touchdowns behind before you even touch the football," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "Obviously, there are a lot of things to fix, and mostly it's self-inflicted wounds."
Glenn would answer two possessions later when Morris stuffed a one-yard run into the endzone.
Hutchison would take control of the rest of the first half. On the first play of the second quarter, the speedy back would zoom through the Glenn defense for a 50-yard score, and later for a 53-yard touchdown sprint following a Grizzlies turnover on downs.
McNeil's offense would continue its onslaught in the third quarter when Henke caught a Luke Hutchison pass and traveled 49 yards to the house. Though Morris would respond with his second touchdown run of the night later in the third quarter, Hutchison would tally a three-yard score on the next McNeil possession.
In the fourth, Luke Hutchison would erupt for a 34-yard rushing touchdown, followed by two Glenn one-yard running scores, one by Shamir Nichols and one by Rondrick Stubblefield, in the final four minutes of the game.
"Bottom line, we got better than we were last week," McMahan said. "We have to continue to mature, we have a very tough district schedule coming up."
McNeil begins play in District 13-6A next week when the Mavericks travel to Gupton Stadium to face Vista Ridge on Friday. Glenn faces McCallum in its last non-district game next Friday at House Park before hosting Elgin in their District 13-5A, Division II on Sept. 26.
"We left a lot of points on the board and did not execute tonight," Schoenfeld says. "We made too many mistakes to beat a team with that many options. The message going forward is, when we eliminate the mistakes, we can be one hell of a football team. But we are not there yet."
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