GCCC's Miller happy with spring football game

5/6/2013

Miller happy with spring game

Miller happy with spring game

By ADAM HOLT

aholt@gctelegram.com

Like in any spring game at any school, one of the biggest victories Saturday at Memorial Stadium for the Garden City Community College football team was that everybody made it out of the spring healthy.

There were a couple potentially dicey moments — running back Shun Tribble got laid out on a big hit, and safety Sam Green had to come off for a couple plays after getting rolled upon in a pile — but overall, there wasn't a whole lot of cause for worry in the scrimmage.

"The one thing I was asking from guys today was effort, toughness, being assignment sound," new head coach Matt Miller said. "Just giving us what we want as coaches to be a team that can compete for a championship. I think they showed me that today."

The offense got 14 drives, and was pretty evenly matched with the defense. The defense forced five three-and-outs, recovered a couple fumbles, and made some stops on fourth down.

The offense scored three touchdowns, the first coming on a 7-yard play-action pass from Aaryn Sharp to tight end Alen Kramer to cap a 75-yard drive. Jake Curran, who started the game at quarterback, hit Quez Mahoganey for a 45-yard touchdown on fourth down, and running back Alan Williams capped a 70-yard drive with a nice 3-yard run where he bounced it to the outside and outran the defenders into the end zone.

Offensive tackles Dontavious Blair and Ryan Johnson did well, but the interior of the line looked overwhelmed at times by the defensive front, and the Broncbusters didn't have a lot of success in the running game.

Both quarterbacks made some good throws, and Sharp was effective buying time with his feet. But the quarterback race should be wide open when the freshmen arrive in the fall.

Wide receivers Nile Daniel and Brandon Snell both had impressive games, with Snell making a series of nice moves after a catch for a 30-yard play to set up Williams' touchdown. Daniel was targeted deep often, showing a consistent ability to get behind his man, and if not for a few underthrown balls, may have had a few touchdowns.

Play-calling was pretty vanilla on both sides of the ball. The offense ran a couple of reverses to Daniel, but otherwise didn't get too tricky. Speedster Tyreek Hill wasn't in the game, as he was running at the Region VI track and field championships in Great Bend.

Notes: Hill took second in the 100-meter dash, running a 10.09, .01 behind Coffeyville's Andre De Grasse. While it's the fastest Hill has run the 100, it was wind-aided, with a 5.3 m/s tailwind. Hill had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 200, but registered a did-not-start in the finals.

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