Hill beoming more versatile; Marshall named offensive player of week
By ADAM HOLT
After Garden City's 42-13 win over Fort Scott, numerous Greyhounds came over to tell Tyreek Hill something he already knows: he's fast.
He was wearing an eye black sticker under his right eye that had the word "fast" written on it in white, as if to make sure everyone knew. Hill took the compliments and handshakes with smiles and nods. Yes, Saturday night, Hill was indeed fast.
Lined up as a slot receiver, he was fast on seam routes, simply outrunning his defenders into the end zone twice for touchdowns from quarterback Nick Marshall.
"Coach had been talking about it, just lining me up in the slot, getting me the ball a little bit more," Hill said. "I was like, 'OK, this is a good chance to show my speed.'"
And taking a short pass in the flat, he made a defender miss before sprinting up the left sideline and splitting two would-be tacklers who had good angles on him for a 68-yard score.
The freshman running back had six catches for 196 yards, and is continuing to play a bigger role in the Garden City offense.
Hill's previous high for catches in a game was three, and the Busters were able to exploit matchups with the Georgia-native in the slot, as the Greyhounds were more concerned with covering receiver Rod Coleman.
"I thought their coach did a fantastic job of gameplanning," FSCC head coach Curtis Horton said."They tried to put him (Hill) on different personnel, different people, scheme him up. He's definitely a weapon."
Hill also rushed the ball three times for 15 yards, and offensive coordinator Matt Miller seems to have a new use for the world-class sprinter each week. Against Air Force Prep, Hill scored on a direct snap out of the wildcat formation, and he's always dangerous in the return game.
Miller has said before that it's easier to find ways to be unpredictable with Hill because the Busters have so many other weapons on offense. With a trip to No. 3 Butler on Saturday, which is averaging 70.8 points per game and holding opponents to 9.8, the pressure will be on Garden City to find ways to use its playmakers.
As good as Hill was against the Greyhounds, Marshall was just as impressive, and it earned him KJCCC offensive player of the week honors.
The sophomore was 17-of-26 for 366 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, his second-highest passing yardage of the season.
Marshall has been productive with his legs and entered Saturday's game with 319 rushing yards. But against the Greyhounds, he had his best rushing game of the season.
Marshall gashed Fort Scott with his running, rushing 20 times for 241 yards and two scores, including a 28-yard scamper for a TD on Garden City's first drive and a 30-yard score in the second quarter. His previous best was a 155-yard performance on 16 carries in the season-opener against Independence.
Marshall had a long run of 46 yards, and nine of his rushes went for 10 or more yards. And importantly, he was smart about getting out of bounds to avoid hits at the end of long runs.
"And I think he had his best game running, and I didn't notice it until he made a nice run there in the third quarter, and coach (Matt) Miller said, 'That's the best he's ever run.'" GCCC head coach Jeff Tatum said. "And then I started watching him, and I feel like by far, he had his best running game. And maybe, except for the first one, had maybe his best football game of his career here at Garden City Community College."
Credit Marshall for having maybe his best game of the season and throwing some accurate deep balls, not only on the Hill touchdowns, but also on a 61-yard completion to Raul Silva after extending a play with his legs.
About the only knock on Marshall is turnovers, He threw an interception on a miscommunication with a receiver, and lost a fumble on a run. For the season, Marshall has thrown nine interceptions.
Still, players who can generate 607 yards of offense are hard to come by. Tatum has said before, he'll take the benefits of some risky plays, even if it means a turnover here and there.
This was the third week this season a Broncbuster won player of the week honors. Running back Jamal Tyler was offensive player of the week in Week 2, and Hill was both KJCCC and NJCAA special teams player of the week in Week 3.