Busters look to rebound vs. Scotties
By ADAM HOLT
The Garden City Community College football team prides itself on taking things one game at a time.
Usually that helps to keep the Broncbusters from looking too far ahead. This time, it might help to keep GCCC from looking back at last Saturday's 84-13 thrashing at the hands of No. 2 Butler.
So right now, just like after any previous contest, the focus is the next game; in this case, Saturday's 1 p.m. start at Highland.
"I told them Saturday night on the field, just like we did with a win, feel sorry for yourself after a loss — you've got 24 to 48 hours to get your mind right and get ready for Highland," GCCC head coach Jeff Tatum said. "With the type of mature team we have, the guys have put it behind them. "
Garden City (4-2, 2-2 KJCCC) faces a Highland team that has struggled to score in producing a 1-5 record overall, and 1-4 mark in conference play. The Scotties are coming off a narrow 7-3 loss at Coffeyville — one of five games this season that Highland has scored 12 or fewer points. The exception was Highland's 32-10 victory over winless Dodge City, its lone triumph this season.
Offense hasn't been an issue for Garden City often this season, although the Busters ran into a stout Grizzlies defense last week that had only allowed 37 points entering that game.
GCCC still managed 295 yards of offense last week, and is ninth in the nation, averaging 476 yards per game. And HCC is allowing just over 30 points per game.
While the game might look like a mismatch on paper, that's not something the Busters are concerned with.
"We don't look at the standings and we don't look at the rankings," Tatum said. "Because the only rankings that count and the only standings that count are when the season's over with. We'll let everything else kind of take care of itself."
GCCC quarterback Nick Marshall, who took a beating in the BCC game, will start against HCC. Tatum said Marshall had a bruised knee and sat out practice on Monday and Tuesday, was limited Wednesday, but went full-go in pads on Thursday. Running back Jamal Tyler, who missed the Butler game with a hamstring injury, is "100 percent" according to Tatum, and will play against Highland. Cornerback Quintavius Harrow will start in place of Earnest Butts.
Coming off a disappointing loss and heading on the road again against an opponent with a poor record has all the makings of a trap game for Garden City. But Tatum, who has praised the sophomore leadership on his team all season, said what he saw in practice this week has him confident heading into Saturday.
"We had a real good week," he said. "With the leadership we have on this football team, they went out and went back to work, helped one another get focused. That's probably the biggest strength of our football team is our leadership and our togetherness."
After two long road trips, the Busters will return home on Oct. 20 to face rival Dodge City.
GCCC Probable Starting Lineup
WR--Raul Silva 6-1 185 SO
LT--Darryl Williams 6-3 295 SO
LG--Jason Carreon 6-1 255 FR
C--Dillon Salmans 6-0 280 SO
RG--Devinn Ritter 6-2 325 SO
RT--Tyler White 6-3 300 SO
TE--Adrian Garcia 6-4 220 SO
QB--Nick Marshall 6-2 205 SO
RB--Marcus Irsik r 5-9 195 SO
FB--Adam Weber 5-8 220 SO
WR--Rod Coleman 6-3 195 RS-FR
CB--Quintavius Harrow 6-0 190 SO
DE--Keith Curran 6-3 230 SO
DT--Dominique Jones 6-0 280 SO
DT--Frank Boenzi 6-2 325 SO
DE--Kitray Solomon 6-3 240 SO
LB--Alex Hemberger 5-11 190 SO
LB--Deolis Jackson 5-11 225 SO
SS--Ian Stone 6-2 185 SO
FS--Matt Esquibel 5-11 185 SO
DB--Coe Weis 5-10 180 SO
CB--Riyahd Jones 6-0 185 FR
K--Tyler Peterson 5-11 170 FR
K--Carlos Chavez 5-8 170 FR
P--Rilee Spresser 6-3 205 SO
Aug. 25 — at Independence, W 56-49
Sept. 1 — CISCO, TEXAS, W 24-19
Sept. 8 — HUTCHINSON, L 63-49
Sept. 22 — at Air Force Prep, W 47-21
Sept. 29 — FT. SCOTT, W 42-13
Oct. 6 — at Butler, L 84-13
Oct. 13 — at Highland
Oct. 20 — DODGE CITY
Oct. 27 — COFFEYVILLE
Aug 25 — Fort Scott, L 20-7
Sep. 1 — at Northeastern Oklahoma, L 36-12
Sep. 8 — at Dodge City, W 32-10
Sep. 22 — Butler, L 61-0
Sep. 29 — Hutchinson, L 49-12
Oct. 6 — at Coffeyville, L 7-3
Oct. 13 — Garden City
Oct. 22 — Benedictine JV
Oct. 28 — at Independence