The Cross Plains Buffaloes haven’t had a winning record since 2001 and have been in need of an X-Factor. Four years ago they got that X-Factor in the form of running back Blake Hutchins.
At 2-2, and looking at a chance finally attain that winning record, Cross Plains went into Plowboy Field to battle district rivals Roscoe.
Hutchins showed just how transcendent he can be gaining 230 yards rushing and scoring every one of the Buffaloes 4 touchdowns.
"He had 2 carries for 92 yards right off the bat and I knew it would be a good night for him," Coach Daniel Purvis explained to KTXS on Wednesday.
It certainly was that, Hutchins' dominance was in the face of a defense that knew what was coming. Roscoe is a district opponent and like most teams in the Big Country, have a scouting report on teams they face down the stretch.
"Whether they key on Blake or on our fullback or on Tristan, we're still going to get the job done," Senior lineman Sheldon Libey explained, "Whether they successfully key on Blake or not, he will hit them in the mouth."
This tough style of running has not come without effort. Hutchins told KTXS just how much effort he put into the off-season and how it is paying off.
"We've put everything together and are actually playing our football. We have been coming up and lifting during the summer every day."
That hard work certainly is showing on the field and in no bigger way than last week's rumble with Roscoe. For one of the most dominant performances in recent memory en route to his team's first winning record in over a decade, Cross Plains' beloved Buffalo Blake Hutchins is our Abilene Teacher's Federal Credit Union KTXS Player of the Week.