ANDOVER – Hutchinson committed 11 penalties and turned over three times in a 14-7 loss to Andover on Friday night.


"When we turn the ball over and have penalties you’re not going to win football games," Hutchinson coach Mike Vernon said. "It’s as simple as that."


The loss drops Hutchinson (4-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten but it was not without a full effort to try and pick up the win.


Hutchinson had over 300 yards of offense in only 17 minutes of possession. They made the most of their opportunities but it was the ability to shoot themselves in the foot that was their downfall.


"There were mistakes on both sides of the ball tonight," Vernon said. "We have to play smarter. I know we can do it."


It looked good early, despite the low scoring affair for Hutchinson. They held the Trojans out of the end zone for the first half, stopping them on two of the three fourth down attempts in Salthawk territory.


"Yeah, our defense made some plays but we cannot have penalties like we did tonight," Vernon said.


Hutch started out the game with five penalties in the first four minutes of the game. Back-to-back-to-back plays where a defensive player was called for encroachment.


There were two fumbles by running back Alec McCuan in the first half, ending drives that had the looks of scoring in them.


"We have to clean that up," Vernon said. "I’m not sure if we were really focused going in."


Hutch finally found the end zone on a deep pass to Noah Khokhar with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. After running the ball for a couple of plays, they called a couple of time outs, setting up the deep ball from Myles Thompson. Khokhar found himself behind the defender and off into the end zone for the 7-0 lead at the break.


Andover scored on their first possession of the second half, going 84 yards in six plays, including the 57-yard bomb from sophomore Brady Strausz to Isaiah Maikori to tie the game at 7-all with 6:17 remaining in the third quarter.


Hutch was 1-of-8 to start the game on third down opportunities. Drive killing mistakes limited the chance to come back and.


"We were feeling good about ourselves," Vernon said. "They came out and did what they do well and beat us."


Hutch went on a 5-play 69-yard drive that was squashed when Carter Booe missed a 28-yard field goal wide right to give Andover new life.


Andover (3-2) marched 80 yards in nine plays that spanned almost five minutes to put the game away. Max Middleton slipped into the end zone with 3:59 remaining to put the Trojans up 14-7. Andover converted two third downs on the drive to keep the game alive.


Middleton, a junior, finished with 99 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown. While he only had two runs that went over 5-yard on the night, he was consistent in helping Andover extend drives.


Maikori intercepted Thompson on the second play of the final drive for Hutch, ending any hopes of a comeback.


McCuan finished with 134 yards on 24 carries. Khokhar had three catches for 101 yards and the only touchdown of the night. Khokhar also had 39 yards rushing.


Thompson went 5 of 15 for 118 yards for one touchdown and one interception.


Now, Hutchinson has to turn their attention to Salina South on Friday night.


"We’re going to fix the mistakes we made tonight and be ready next week," Vernon said.


ANDOVER 14, HUTCHINSON 7


Hutchinson 0;7;0;0 — 7


Andover 0;0;7;7 — 14


2Q (0:11) Hutch - 68-yard TD pass from Thompson to Khokhar (kick is good).


3Q (6:17) 57-yard TD pass from Strausz to Maikori (kick is good).


4Q (3:59) 8-yard TD run by Middleton (kick is good).


TEAM STATSANDOVERSTATSHUTCHINSON49-165ATTEMPTS-RUSHING YDS35-190188PASSING YARDS118353TOTAL YARDS3086-12-1COMP-ATT-INT5-15-14-2FUMBLES-LOST3-34-40PENALTY-YARDS11-695-13 (38.5%)3RD DOWN4-12 (33%)1-3 (33.3%) 4TH DOWN1-2 (50%)30:12TOP17:48

Rush: And - Middleton 30-99; Sparks 7-42; Strausz 7-16; Ngo 5-8. Hutch - McCuan 24-134; Khokhar 8-39; Thompson 2-14, Barlow 1-3.


Pass A-C-TD-I: AHS - Strausz 10-16-1-1; Hutch - Thompson 5-14-1-1


Rec: AHS - Maikori 2-85; Born 5-66; Richardson 3-37. Hutch - Khokhar 3-101; Peterson 2-17.