Skyler Hutchison did it all for St. Clair while a member of the high school football program.
During his senior season, he barely left the field. He was a starting running back on offense, starting linebacker on defense and even was the team’s punter and kicker on special teams.
It was at running back where Hutchison established himself as one of the top offensive weapons in the area.
Hutchison will continue to play football on the next level. He recently signed a letter of intent to play at Missouri Valley College.
Missouri Valley is an NAIA school located in Marshall. The Vikings play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
The Missouri Valley team had a 9-3 record during the 2013 football season.
Hutchison also considered MacMurray College, but liked what Missouri Valley had to offer. He expects to play the running back position in college.
“I like that Missouri Valley is a smaller school. It feels like home,” Hutchison said. “Their football team has won a lot of games over the last few seasons. They’ve had a lot of success. There’s a winning atmosphere there.”
Hutchison should no doubt add to Missouri Valley’s winning culture.
During his senior season at St. Clair, Hutchison rushed for 1,869 yards on 241 attempts and scored a total of 22 touchdowns. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry.
In week two, Hutchison rushed for 298 yards against Pacific and followed that with a 336-yard effort in week nine against Owensville. Both of those marks set school records.
As a senior, Hutchison was a first-team all-Four Rivers Conference and Missourian All-Area selection, as well as a third-team all-state pick by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
“Skyler was the catalyst of our program this past season. He was our workhorse and carried the load for us offensively, as evident by the eight school records he either tied or broke,” said St. Clair Head Football Coach Cody McDowell. “His biggest strength is his work ethic. He works as hard as anybody we’ve had here. It was awesome to see all of his hard work in the weight room and throughout practices pay off for the entire year.”
Hutchison, 5-9 and 195 pounds, is confident in his abilities, but knows there’s still room for improvement.
“I need to get faster and put on some good body weight — not fat, but muscle. I hope to get to 200 or 205 pounds, depending on where the coaches there want me to be,” Hutchison said. “Because I’m shorter, I think I have the ability to find the holes and run through people.”
Another major asset for Hutchison is his toughness.
In addition to his success on the football field, Hutchison also was a three-time state qualifier in wrestling.
Missouri Valley does have a wrestling team.
Hutchison said he hasn’t ruled out wrestling in college, but first wants to establish himself in the football program.
“I’m excited about playing football in college. It’s always been a goal for me,” Hutchison said. “I started playing football when I was in kindergarten. I was a safety back then. Right now, I love playing running back.”
McDowell believes Hutchison’s work ethic will lead to a successful college career.
“As with any student athlete entering college, there are always improvements to be made for the next level,” McDowell said. “Most people don’t understand how much faster the game is played at the college level. Everybody at that level has been recruited to an extent, so you’re competing against topnotch competition — not only against your opponents, but every day amongst your teammates as well.
“Skyler just needs to continue to develop as an overall student athlete and keep maturing as a young man. With his work ethic, I have no doubt he will be able to handle whatever he encounters.”
Skyler hasn’t completely decided what he’ll major in at Missouri Valley. He’s leaning toward physical education. He’s the son of Tim Hutchison and Crystal Medows.