So I’m headed to the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson tomorrow to see No. 20 Hutch take on No. 16 New Mexico Military Institute, and then to Pittsburg on Sunday for the Citizens Bank Bowl, aka the NJCAA national title game between No. 1 Fort Scott and No. 2 Blinn. My plan is to do live updates via the blog during both games, but let me emphasize PLANNED because you never know how internet connections and such shake out. But I’m hopeful.
What to expect from Hutchinson? I’m really excited to see their defense — they’ve got a pair of studs in Alex Davis and Meshak Williams, along with linebacker Matt Fairchild, an Andale product. On offense, the Blue Dragons have got a pair of stud running backs in Chris Clay and Chris Anderson, but the player I’m most interested in is former K-State signee Angelo Pease, their quarterback. I think he’s a straight ATH/UTIL on any roster at the next level, which we saw this year could mean big numbers for the Wildcats. Be interested to get his take on what he thinks of the situation at KSU and where he might fit in … tried to talk to him this week, but no dice.
Check Sunday’s Eagle for a pair of stories by yours truly on the national title game — one on Fort Scott running back Jasmin Hopkins (a GREAT interview) and another on Blinn coach Brad Franchione, who grew up in Pittsburg.
As always, if you see me at the game, yes, I will share my popcorn with you. Unless your name is Wayne Gilmore. Then you’re buying.