HCC Sports Information Director
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
MEET IOWA CENTRAL IN FOURTH-ANNUAL SALT CITY BOWL
When the Salt City Bowl was
organized, Hutchinson Community College football coach
Rion Rhoades said he would like to see opponents from a
variety of conferences come to Hutchinson for the game.
When bowl bids were released on
Tuesday, a team from the third different conference in
bowl history will match up against the Blue Dragons for
the 2012 Salt City Bowl.
The 14th-ranked Blue Dragons (8-3) will play host to the
Iowa Central Tritons (6-4) at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Gowans
Stadium. Ticket information for the Salt City Bowl
will be announced at a later date.
“There were a lot of people interested in coming to the
game,” said Rhoades, who made the official announcement
of the matchup on Tuesday. “There are so many factors
than come down to it. All the bowls seem to go after the
same people and the entire Top 20 gets hammered about
going to a bowl game.”
The Salt City Bowl’s first two games in 2009 and 2010
featured teams from the Western States Football League
(New Mexico Military and Eastern Arizona College). Last
season, Lackawanna College represented the Northeast
“Variety is good on central
different front,” It’s good for our conference and
region and it’s good for the NJCAA that there is some
variety (in bowl games).
This season Iowa Central will represent the Midwest
Hutchinson will be making its
fourth-straight and 17th-overall bowl appearance. The
Blue Dragons are currently on a program-best four-game
bowl winning streak.
HCC defeated Lackawanna 70-20 last season, Eastern
Arizona College 42-21 in 2010 and New Mexico Military
Institute 22-14 in the inaugural Salt City Bowl in 2009.
The win streak started with Hutch defeating Tyler 15-10
in the 2004 Heart of Texas Bowl.
Hutchinson has an all-time bowl record of 8-6-2.
The Tritons will be making their
14th bowl appearance under head coach Kevin Twait,
winning nine. Last season, Iowa Central defeated Central
Lakes 42-12 in the 2011 Graphics Edge Bowl.
The Blue Dragons enter the 2012 Salt City Bowl with its
third-straight eight-win season. HCC finished second in
the Jayhawk Conference and advanced to the Region VI
title games for the third-straight time and the fourth
time in five seasons.
The Tritons are 6-4 after starting the season 5-1 and
reached as high as No. 15 in the NJCAA poll. Iowa
Central has dropped 3 of its last 4 games, including a
loss to then-No. 2 Iowa Western and two games to
Ellsworth, who is now coached by former Blue Dragon
offensive coordinator Josh Gooch.
“Their coach has been ultra-successful,” Rhaodes said.
“To win 120 games is a lot of games.”
Iowa Central is located in Fort
Dodge, Iowa. The school has an enrollment of 5,000
The Salt City Bowl will be one of two bowl games to
match up Jayhawk Conference and Midwest Football
Conference teams. No. 1 Iowa Western and No. 2 Butler
will meet in the Graphic’s Edge Bowl for the national
championship on Dec. 1.