Three random thoughts about Butler’s 24-21 Region 6 championship game victory against Hutchinson on Sunday in El Dorado.
Hutchinson most likely has its quarterback for next year. The crazy world of junior college sports leaves me reluctant to say this, but I’m confident freshman Frankie Seurer should be Hutchinson’s starting quarterback next year. Now, maybe Seurer doesn’t want to play football, or maybe he’s ready to do something else. We all know how crazy kids these days are. But if Seurer returns to Hutch next fall, he’s the starter in my eyes. That’s not to say Seurer doesn’t need competition. The Olathe South product, and son of former Kansas quarterback Frank Seurer, showed everyone something Sunday. He threw two interceptions, and both were poorly thrown. Yet, he never seemed fazed by his mistakes. Seurer ended up completing 18 of 30 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown while running for another. Other than the fact that Seurer can sit in the pocket, throw on the run and scramble, he’s a smart kid who has all the so-called intangibles you want a quarterback to have. He’s the kind of quarterback that could lead Hutchinson to that elusive Jayhawk Conference title and/or Region 6 championship.
How does Butler do it? Not this year. I’m talking every year. Let’s face it. This isn’t Troy Morrell’s most talented team he’s had at Butler. And yet, he’s a last-second touchdown against Highland away from possibly playing for the national championship. This year’s team has been far more prone to mistakes, and the Grizzlies don’t have that one offensive stud. It’s so impressive how Morrell gets the absolute most from every team. All those kids know is how to win. I wonder of Morrell would be interested in the Kansas job?
Brock Long is one of the nation’s top linebackers. Yeah, the native of tiny Assaria isn’t huge. He’s 6-feet, 218 pounds. But if he should at worst make second-team all-Jayhawk Conference. Long is a kid who plays just as hard the last play of the game as he does on the first play. Most weeks, he’s among Hutchinson’s top tacklers. And all he did Sunday, in addition to seven tackles, was intercept two passes just when Butler was about to score, returning those two for 107 yards. His 91-yard return, which doesn’t take into account his cross-field running, was one of the plays of the year for Hutchinson. Kids like Brock Long are what make community college sports great. The unknown, small-town kid who turns into a star.