The Dirty Thirty has the Blue Dragons at No. 8 in its preseason listing of teams that includes both NJCAA and California-based college football teams.
The Blue Dragons are coming off a third-straight bowl victory, winning the Salt City Bowl for the past two seasons. Hutchinson was 10-2 last season, which was the program’s first 10-win season since 1995 and fourth overall. The 2010 Blue Dragons finished fifth in the final NJCAA national poll, finished second in the Jayhawk Conference, the best finish since 1995, and was Region VI runner-up for the second time in three seasons.
Blue Dragon head coach Rion Rhoades, who begins his fifth season at HCC in 2011, returns five starters on offense and six on defense.
The Blue Dragons begin fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 4 and will open the season on Thursday night, Aug. 25 against Kilgore College at 7 p.m. at Gowans Stadium.
THE FULL “DIRTY THIRTY”
1.City College of San Francisco Rams
2.Blinn College Buccaneers
3.Mt. San Antonio College Mounties
4.Northwest Mississippi Rangers
5.Gulf Coast Commodores
6.Butler (KS) Grizzlies
8. Hutchinson Blue Dragons
9.Arizona Western College Matadors
10. Saddlebrook Coyotes
12. Riverside Tigers
14.East Mississippi Lions
15.Iowa Western Reivers
16.College of San Mateo Bulldogs
17.Grand Rapids Raiders
19.Fullerton College Hornets
20. Ellsworth Panthers
21. Pierce Brahma Bulls
22.Pearl River Wildcats
23.Fort Scott Greyhounds
24.College of the Canyons Cougars
25. Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters
26. El Camino Warriors
27.Los Angeles Harbor Seahawks
28. Georgia Military Bulldogs
29.Santa Rosa Bear Cubs
30. Diablo Valley College Vikings