Busters humbled in big loss to Butler
By BRETT MARSHALL
EL DORADO — Garden City Community College football coach Jeff Tatum knew his team would have to have a monumental performance if the Broncbusters were to compete with the Butler Grizzlies on Saturday night.
And, it would have taken that, and probably more, for the Busters to stay on the same field with the No. 2-ranked team in the NJCAA.
Butler, using a defense that shut down Garden's rushing game, had its own combination of a quick-strike offense and its highly-regarded defense to send the No. 19-ranked Busters back to western Kansas, smarting from an 84-13 drubbing at the brand new BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.
It was the kind of performance that Tatum wants his Busters to eventually be able to produce.
"You've got to give Butler credit, they just beat us in all three phases of the game," Tatum said. "I don't think we quit, but we didn't handle things well when it was 21-13 (9:47 of the 2nd quarter). I felt like we had a chance then. It's kind of like a tidal wave, a surge and you try to ride out the storm. Tonight, we got washed under."
Just when Tyreek Hill's lightning-strike, 69-yard TD pass from Nick Marshall had pulled the Busters to within eight points, the Grizzlies bared their offensive teeth and never let go. And neither did their defense.
Twenty-three seconds, yep, just 23 ticks off the clock, and the Grizzlies answered with Dreamius Smith's 64-yard shocker down the far sideline and the point after kick made it 28-13. Two more Butler scores over the final 6:25 and the Busters were simply out of reach of a team that was clicking on all cylinders.
"I thought we came out and executed at the start and moved the ball pretty good," said GCCC wide receiver Rod Coleman, who had 8 catches for 86 yards, including an 11-yard diving grab for the Busters' first score in the early part of the second period. "There's no excuses, we just tried our best, and gave it all to the end of the game. Butler's got a really good defense and we wanted more points. We'll learn from it and watch more film and get ready for the next game."
Sophomore defensive end Keith Curran said he had not seen an offense execute as well as the Grizzlies did.
"Their execution was just very good and they stay with what's working," Curran said. "They like to mix it up and they got us on our heels. When we got to 21-13, I thought we'd get rolling, but they hit us and they just started rolling. We've got a lot of work to do and we've got this week to get ready and focus on Highland. This game's over."
Butler didn't waste much time in establishing its offensive dominance over the Garden City defense.
The Grizzlies got a 1-yard run by Terrence Allen and a 34-yard run by Dreamius Smith in the first quarter to go up 14-0 at the end of 15 minutes.
Garden showed that it has big-play capability, too, but couldn't match the overall balance of the Grizzlies, who had averaged 47 points coming into the matchup of nationally-ranked Jayhawk Conference teams.
Marshall connected with Coleman for the early strike in the second period and added the bomb to Hill less than two minutes later to briefly stun the Grizzlies' defense, which had yielded only an average of 6.2 points coming in.
But that was not enough as the Grizzlies put on a dazzling offensive display, getting a 3-yard by Derrick Thomas,
a 66-yard scamper by Smith, a 20-yard pass from Billy Cosh to Jacob Hurla and another strike from Cosh, this time 23 yards to Thomas. In a span of 2 minutes, 12 seconds, the teams had accounted for four touchdowns.
The problem for the Busters, however, was that they stopped scoring — and Butler didn't.
Those final two scores by the Grizzlies allowed them to go from up 28-13 into a commanding 42-13 halftime lead.
Point, game, set, and match.
After the nearly 30-minute halftime for homecoming, things only got worse.
For the Grizzlies, it simply was more of the same.
A 52-yard pass from Cosh to Javess Blue, a 52-yard run by Smith and another 1-yard sneak by Cosh. That was just the first nine minutes of the third, making it 63-13 with three more perfect PAT kicks by Robert Rawlings.
And talk about things getting worse, it did.
Three more Butler scores in the fourth wound down a game that Butler will remember and Garden would just as soon forget.
Tate Omli intercepted Marshall and returned it 30 yards for a score on the first scrimmage play of the final quarter. Hurla grabbed a 35-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Tyler Harrison and Devin Clarke took a Harrison pass and raced 50 yards for the final points.
"To not turn the ball over, take care of the football and make good decisions with the football is something we really emphasize," Butler coach Troy Morrell said. "I told our guys beforethe ballgame that's the one thing that will put you in a bad situation, if we go out there and don't take care of it."
Smith finished the night with 193 yards on just 13 carries and scored three times. Cosh threw for three TDs and ran for one. Backup QB Tyler Harrison threw for two more scores in the final 7:17 of the game.
The Busters, minus their inside running threat of Jamal Tyler (out with injury) had a tough time getting any ground game started. They did finish with 63 yards, but had just three at halftime.
"It was hard to do the things we usually like to try," Tatum said of missing Tyler. "He's a hard inside runner and it just took one of our phases away. With Jamal in there, it keeps the defense honest. We missed that, but I don't know if that would have been enough."
Tatum said he was now looking ahead to the Highland game and that his team would take lessons from this and build from it.
"I've told the team before that you learn from each loss," Tatum said. "We've got a good football team, and you just can't get caught up in a lot of the things that go on. You've got to stay focused on what you do and stick with it. We've got a lot to play for over the next few weeks."
Marshall, who left the game battered and bruised, finished 21-of-35 for 241 yards but had three interceptions. Hill was the top rusher with just 44 yards on 12 carries. Cosh, who was completing more than 70 percent of his passes coming in, was 18-of-22 for 270 yards and no picks.
Butler is now 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Jayhawk Conference. Garden City is now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the KJCCC. The Busters are back on the road next Saturday at Highland for a 1 p.m. kickoff with the Scotties, who only lost 7-3 at Coffeyville on Saturday night.
Garden City 0 13 0 0 — 13
Butler 14 28 21 21 — 84
BC—Terrence Allen 1 run (Robert Rawlings kick), 8:10.
BC—Dreamius Smith 34 run (Rawlings kick), 4:09.
GC—Rod Coleman 11 pass from Nick Marshall (Carlos Chavez kick), 11:36.
BC—Derrick Thomas 3 run (Rawlings kick), 10:03.
GC—Tyreek Hill 69 pass from Nick Marshall (kick failed), 9:47.
BC—Dreamius Smith 66 run (Rawlings kick), 9:24.
BC—Jacob Hurla 20 pass from Billy Cosh (Rawlings kick), 6:25.
BC—Derrick Thomas 23 pass from Billy Cosh (Rawlings kick), 0:57.
BC—Javess Blue 52 pass from Billy Cosh (Rawlings kick), 14:14.
BC—Dreamius Smith 52 run (Rawlings kick), 13:32.
BC—Billy Cosh 1 run (Rawlings kick), 5:56.
BC—Tate Omli 30 interception return (Rawlings kick), 14:43.
BC—Jacob Hurla 35 pass from Tyler Harrison (Rawlings kick), 7:17.
BC—Devin Clarke 50 pass from Tyler Harrison (Rawlings kick), 4:08
First downs 18 27
Rushes-yards 37-63 38-292
Passing yards 232 388
Com-Att-Int 22-37-3 21-25-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-0
Penalties-yards 7-60 6-65
Punts-avg. 10-35.6 3-35.3
Possession time 37:00 23:00
RUSHING: Garden City—Hill 12-44, Irsik 9-26, Curran 1-6, Marshall 15-(-13).
Butler—Smith 13-193, Thomas 11-92, Glatczak 3-20, Allen 4-8, Suggs 1-7, Team (-3), Cosh 3-(-22).
PASSING: Garden City—Marshall 21-35-3, Curran 1-2-0—(-9).
Butler—Cosh 18-22-0—270; Harrison 3-3-0—118.
RECEIVING: Garden City—Coleman 8-86, Hill 7-97, Daniel 6-58, Curran 1-(-9).
Butler—Hurla 6-117, Hallman 3-68, Clarke 3-61, Thomas 3-39, Blue 2-59, Elliott 2-18, Fields 1-24, Allen 1-2.