Original 501: Defined by discipline: Busters' lack thereof ruins promising season
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The raucous display just minutes after the Garden City Community College football team had lost to Highland on Saturday night is a perfect microcosm of a team whose high hopes have been dashed by low self control.
Dozens of Busters showed an eerily familiar lack of discipline after the game, deciding to exchange pleasentries with a team that had just beaten them on the field. Instead of remaining in control as several Scottie players decided to try to rub the victory in, the Busters reacted.
It shouldn't be a surprise. It's what has plagued the uber-talented team all season long.
And the talent is undeniable.
Guys like Tyreek Hill, Errol Clarke, D'Vonta Derricott, Dontavius Blair, Colby Hamel, Brandon Snell, Nile Daniel, Makail Grace, Tim Hill, Wonderful Terry, Sam Green — the list goes on and on — should all have a chance to play at some next level, whether or it's D-I or other. And all of them, for the most part, have lived up to their lofty billing.
But, for whatever reason, when things get close, that talent is lost in the lack of discipline.
In the three losses that derailed a once promising season, the now spoilers-only Busters have committed 44 penalties for a stunning 342 yards.
By comparison, Dodge City — Garden City's opponent this week and currently the leader atop the KJCCC standings at 5-1 — only committed 42 penalties for 408 yards in their first six games of the season, going 5-1.
That stark contrast is the difference between Dodge City winning four games by 10 points or less and Garden City losing three games by 10 points or less.
It's the difference between still being in contention for a conference championship and being shut out of the playoffs altogether.
The Busters began the season with high expectations — even national championship aspirations. Now, they're are relegated to playing the role of spoilers, trying to knock the Conqs out of first place in the Jayhawk.
And they have no one to blame but themselves.
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