Ledbetter's Blue Dragons Win Wild One

Arkansas defensive line pledge Jeremiah Ledbetter has 11 tackles - including a big sack late - and his fifth-ranked Hutchinson Community College squad downs 14th-ranked Coffeyville Community College 42-35 Saturday night in a match-up of Kansas junior college powers.

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - A few minutes after his No. 5 Hutchinson Community College squad had beaten No. 14 Coffeyville Community College 42-35 Saturday night in a game which featured 1,031 yards total offense and a whopping 106 passes, Arkansas defensive line commit Jeremiah Ledbetter was still in a bit of a shock.

His Blue Dragons, who led 21-7 in the first quarter, had to rally from a 35-28 deficit with just under three minutes left to win and did just that when former Alabama tailback and current Tennessee pledge Alvin Kamara scored on 17-yard run with seven seconds remaining and no timeouts left.

Ledbetter (6-4, 281), who had 11 tackles in the contest, could do nothing but watch and hope Kamara (207 yards rushing, 65 receiving) could somehow get into the end zone for a fourth time on a drive that started at the 4 yard line with just 41 seconds left.

“That was such an amazing win for our team,” Ledbetter said. “We came together as one and somehow pulled that one out. I have never been apart of anything like this in my life. I feel great.”

Ledbetter, a four-star prospect and Orlando native who committed to Arkansas on September 17, had several big tackles late in the contest to help keep the Red Ravens out of the end zone on their last two possessions.

One of those was a sack for 12 yards that took Coffeyville out of field goal range and forced them to punt - which landed at the Red Ravens' 4. “The only thing we had on our minds was that we had to stop them, push them back and just give Alvin and the offense a chance,” Ledbetter said. “We did that and Alvin Kamara – I've never seen anything like him. He is just amazing and just makes play after play after play.

"Amazing," Ledbetter added. " LeBron James amazing. He should have his own shirt."

Hutchinson head coach Rion Rhodes felt like his Blue Dragons (6-0, 4-0) were part of a special effort, especially taking the ball 96 yards in 34 seconds.

“It was like 'man did that just happen?” Rhodes said. “That was a wild game. I think when you play hard and have good players and sometimes you get some breaks. I think it is a big-time blessing as much as anything. God had just blessed this team and has got some special things in store for us. That was a pretty remarkable finish.

“We were going to run it and have him get out of bounds and then kick it, but he scored a touchdown and made it easy,” Rhodes said.

Coffeyville wideout Dominique Reed (6-4, 180) – the former Camden Fairview star and a potential future Razorback – had 9 catches for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns on a night when quarterback Brock Gilmore was 43-of-77 passing for 514 yards and five touchdowns.

While Ledbetter and his crew were bottling up the Red Ravens (4-2, 2-1) when they tried to run, Reed, Cedrick Wilson (10 catches, 132 yards) and Alfonso Onuwor (8 catches, 91 yards) were running wild in the secondary with former Red Raven and current Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight looking on.

“We felt like we would be able to shut down their running game, but we we have a young secondary and they exposed us tonight,” Rhodes said. “Obviously they are good coaches and they practice, too, but that was my fear coming in that we wouldn't be able to slow them down through the air.”

Ledbetter chose to pledge to Arkansas over offers from Florida, Miami, Georgia and others.

“I feel great about my decision to choose Arkansas,” Ledbetter said. “The coaches at Arkansas and the people of Arkansas are very welcoming. It's like family. That is what made my decision.”

Ledbetter's playing schedule has kept him from actually getting to watch an Arkansas game so far, but he is aware of the improvement in the program.

“I haven't got a chance to see them play because we have always been playing, but my parents have told me about how they are doing good and are coming together as one,” Ledbetter said. “I'm excited about being a part of that.”

Rhodes noted that the Razorbacks are going to be getting a tremendous player and person in Ledbetter and he let Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman and defensive coordinator Robb Smith know that earlier this week.

“Led has been awesome,” Rhodes said. “He is a high level player and they definitely have god reason to be excited. I have been talking to Coach Pittman and Rob Smith and I've told them 'I love him.' He has been an awesome guy for two years. He is a great player, but is just such a good guy, too. We'll miss him and I think everybody at Arkansas will love him.”

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