Busted in Hutch
By J. Levi Burnfin
The Garden City Community College football team needed to play their best game of the year, according to head coach Matt Miller, to come out of Hutchinson with a win. It was far from it.
Freshman quarterback Akeem Jones threw four interceptions and the No. 12 Busters committed 20 penalties for 164 yards in a 34-24 conference loss to the Blue Dragons in front of a crowd of 2,200 at Gowans Stadium on Saturday night.
Despite the sloppy play that led the Busters to trail 27-10 early in the third, Garden City had a chance late in the game to tie or even take the lead.
The Busters scored early in the fourth on their best drive of the night, an 11-play, 74-yard march finished off by a 16-yard strike from Jones to sophomore Tyreek Hill. The point-after attempt was blocked to put the Busters behind by 11.
Then, the Busters capitalized on a fumble by Hutchinson's Chris Murray on an ill-advised punt return. The Busters recovered and drove 35 yards in five plays to score on Mike Gerst's 3-yard burst up the middle. Jones hit Brandon Snell on a rollout to the left for the two-point conversion to pull within three, 27-24, with 7:41 to go.
All the Busters needed was a stop, something they had been doing all night, forcing the Blue Dragons to go three-and-out seven times. Instead, Hutchinson was able to mount a 7-play, 68-yard touchdown drive. After six straight runs gained 26 yards and drained the clock of three minutes, the Buster defense was fooled on a play fake and sophomore quarterback Luke Barnes found sophomore Jabril Soloman behind the Buster secondary for the 42-yard touchdown pass, giving the Blue Dragons the 34-24 lead with only four minutes to play.
Hutchinson moved to 2-0 in the KJCCC and 2-1 overall as the Busters dropped to 1-1 and 2-1.
Garden City has an upcoming bye this week before facing Air Force Prep on Sept. 21. Hutchinson travels to Dodge City on Sept. 14 for a conference matchup.
Hutch—Mike Blakely 1 run (Ryan Weese kick)
GC—Gerst 2 run (Tyler Peterson kick)
Hutch—Orange Mooney 3 run (Weese kick)
GC—Peterson 35 field goal
Hutch—Murray 5 pass from Luke Barnes (Weese kick)
Hutch—Fenteng 41 interception return (pass fail)
GC—Hill 16 pass from Jones (kick blocked)
GC—Gerst 3 run (Snell pass from Jones)
Hutch—Jabril Soloman 42 pass from Barnes (Weese kick)
First downs 19 16
Rushing 31-66 44-146
Passing 207 110
Att-Comp-INT 43-19-4 16-7-0
Total Offense 74-273 60-256
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Punt Return-Yards 4-44 1--11
Kickoff returns-Yards 6-117 4-113
Punts-Average 5-29.8 7-35.3
Third-down conv. 5-16 4-13
Fourth-down conv. 2-3 2-2
Red Zone 4-4 3-4
Rushing—GC, Matt McDonald 6-48; Gerst 6-16; Hill 6-14; Jones 9-13; Snell 4--25. Hutch, Michael Peek 1-57; Blakely 16-47; Chase Abbington 10-22; Barnes 6-14; Murray 1-4; Mooney 9-1; Fenteng 1-1.
Passing—GC, Jones 18-41-4-196; Jake Curran 1-2-0-11. Hutch, Barnes 7-16-0-110.
Receiving—GC, Hill 6-59; Gerst 5-77; Brandon Snell 5-40; Nile Daniel 2-0; McDonald 1-31. Hutch, Murray 4-31; Soloman 1-42; Taylan Ybarra 1-34; Orange 1-3.
Interceptions—GC, none. Hutch, Christian Goodlett 2-32; Fenteng 2-40.
Sacks—GC, Alex Neuschafer 1.5; Ralphael Bernard .5; Errol Clarke .5; Darius Jones .5. Hutch, Jeremiah Ledbetter 1; Marquaius Lewis 1.