Busters get complete game effort in 42-13 romp.
By ADAM HOLT
Last year against Fort Scott, there was heartbreak. This year, domination.
Between running back Tyreek Hill's speed, an explosive night from quarterback Nick Marshall and a second straight dominant performance by their defense, the Broncbusters simply overwhelmed the Greyhounds in a 42-13 homecoming rout Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Hill had three receiving touchdowns, while Marshall rushed for 244 yards, as the Garden City (4-1, 2-1 KJCCC) offense continued to roll.
Maybe most improtant though, was a second straight impressive performance from the Busters defense. GCCC put in three quarters of dominant play in a win over Air Force Prep on Sep. 22, but with the game in hand, had a lackadaisical fourth quarter. No such letdown against Fort Scott (2-4, 2-3).
"The thing was, they didn't have that little mental lapse in the fourth quarter like we got last week, and I'm probably more proud of the non-mental lapse in the fourth quarter than I am the way they played throughout the football game," GCCC head coach Jeff Tatum said.
Garden City held Fort Scott to 203 yards of offense, and the Greyhounds' first eight drives of the game resulted in punts or turnovers.
Fort Scott's Kevin Short returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter after GCCC scored on its opening drive. But that was as close as the score would be for the rest of the game — the Busters were up 28-7 at halftime.
Fort Scott's only touchdown on offense came in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by running back Stanley Hagan, who had 125 yards on 23 carries. The Greyhounds' 2-point conversion attempt following failed. Later, Garden City would hold Hagan off four straight times after Fort Scott had first-and-goal from the 9, following a Short interception of Marshall.
"We just did our job and kept fighting, tried to keep them on their heels, and we did a pretty good job at it," said defensive end Keith Curran. "So that was a key to our success on the D-line."
FSCC quarterback Colton Morrison was erratic, going 8-of-19 for 75 yards and an interception. He also was stripped by Curran in the third quarter, with Kitray Solomon recovering the ball for GCCC. Garden City scored on the ensuing drive on a 1-yard run by Jamal Tyler.
"Everybody kind of gives credit to the offense a bunch, but when the defense goes out, and they're three-and-out, three-and-out, that gives us more opportunities on offense," Tatum said.
And as has been the case most of the season, Garden City took advantage of its opportunities on offense.
The Busters racked up 670 yards of offense, with Hill catching seven passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and Marshall running 20 times for 244 yards and two scores. The sophomore quarterback was 18-of-27 for 372 yards, three touchdowns with an interception.
Hill simply got behind the defense on two seam route scores, one for 37 yards with 8:23 left in the first quarter, and one for 55 yards with 7:52 left in the third. He also took a short pass in the flat up the sideline 68 yards for his final touchdown.
"You're trying to get the playmaker the ball," Tatum said. "We knew, because Rod's been playing so well, we knew they were going to double-cover Rod. So we knew we'd get one-on-one, and that's what you look for in the passing game."
"They've got too much team speed we just couldn't handle," FSCC head coach Curtis Horton said. "They've got some tremendous players who made some big-time plays. Hats off to them, you've got to give kudos where they're deserved."
In Garden City's first three games, the Busters couldn't seem to get their offense and defense on the same page. After two straight complete performances, though, GCCC seems to be rounding into form — and with a trip to No. 3 Butler this Saturday (7 p.m.), it will have to put in an all-around game if it wants to pull the upset.
"I feel like we're playing as well as we can play right now," Tatum said. "I hope we can get better. But right now, we're progressing in the direction we want to go. As a matter of fact, we might be a little ahead of what I thought we would be."
"Defense did a hell of a job tonight," Hill said. "Garden City football is back on the map. Offense is doing our thing, the defense is doing their thing."
Fort Scott 7 0 6 0 -- 13
Garden City 14 14 14 0 -- 42
GC--Marshall 28 run (Peterson kick), 11:33
FS--Short 97 kick return (Whitrock kick) 11:20
GC--Hill 37 pass from Marshall (Peterson kick), 8:23
GC--Marshall 30 run (Peterson kick), 14:52
GC--Hill 55 pass from Marshall (Peterson kick), 7:52
GC--Hill 68 pass from Marshall (Peterson kick), 13:22
GC--Tyler 1 run (Peterson kick), 9:01
FS--Hagan 1 run (Whitrock run fail), 5:51
First Downs 13 25
Total Yards 203 670
Rushes/Yards 36-128 44-298
Passing Yards 75 372
Passing 8-22-1 18-29-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-47 10-83
PASSING--Fort Scott: Morrison 8-19-1-75, Jordan 0-3-0-0. Garden City: Marshall 18-27-1-372, Curran 0-1-0-0, Coleman 0-1-0-0.
RUSHING--Fort Scott: Hagan 23-125, Cage 2-11, Rooks 2-20, Ellis 1-8, Morrison 8-(minus 36). Garden City: Marshall 20-244, Tyler 17-48, Hill 3-15, Silva 1-(-13), Curran 1-2, Lamb 1-1, Weber 1-1.
RECEIVING--Fort Scott: Hagan 2-15, Ward 5-55, Unknown 1-5. Garden City: Coleman 8-98, Hill 7-196, Silva 2-69, Kelly 1-9.