With the demolition of the Metrodome imminent, the Prep Bowl will be relocating outdoors for the next couple seasons. Some teams have better memories of the Dome than others, and Hutchinson’s certainly one of the teams that will be sad to see the old place go. After posting a 67-7 victory in the Class 4A finals over Holy Family Catholic last year, Hutch was every bit as dominant this season as they completed their second straight undefeated season with a 49-7 dismantling of the Holy Angels Stars.
The very first play of the game was the low point for Hutchinson as they fumbled the opening kickoff away to Holy Angels. The Tiger defense, however, made the miscue a moot point as they were able to hold the Stars off the scoreboard, and after that the big play Hutchinson offense took over. Robbie Grimsley had one of the best quarters in Prep Bowl history, as the junior running back ripped off touchdown runs of 76, 57 and 92 yards, all coming in the first quarter (the 92-yard run was the longest run from scrimmage in Prep Bowl history). Hutch held a 21-0 lead after the first quarter, and the Tigers pushed it to 35-0 by halftime thanks to two Tory Adams scores. Adams scored the first of his touchdowns on a 50-yard punt return, then scored on a 21-yard run later in the quarter.
Adams picked up two more touchdowns in the second half as he finished the game with 147 yards rushing on 19 carries. As a team, Hutch rolled up 454 yards of rushing offense, paced by Grimsley’s 261 yards on just six carries. Both Grimsley and Adams had three touchdowns rushing.
Holy Angels was able to avoid the shutout on their final drive of the game when Anthony Ekholm ran in a 8-yard score with 13 seconds remaining. In addition to the score, Ekholm was 7-for-14 passing for 91 yards; Danny Hoffman was 9-for-16 for 112 yards. Adam Hoffman and Wallace Hicks each hauled in six passes for the Stars, with Hoffman picking up 86 yards receiving and Hicks 74.
Hutchinson won their fifth state championship, all of them coming under the roof of the Metrodome; they improved their record to 5-1 in state championship games. Holy Angels took home their second runner-up trophy; they were runners-up in 2005.