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THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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THURSDAY, September 5, 2013
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By BRETT MARSHALL
If one measures the success,
and progress, of a sports program,
there are a multitude of ways to
analyze it.
For Garden City High School
football coach Brian Hill, he sees
his first three seasons as laying
the foundation for the future.
As he enters his fourth year,
with his biggest crop of seniors
during his tenure (28), Hill sees
the Buffaloes’ gridiron program
on solid footing.
And rightfully so.
His rookie year in 2010 saw
the Buffs go 5-5, reaching the
Class 6A playoffs before losing to
eventual state champion Wichita
Heights. In his second season of
2011, the Buffs posted a 7-3 mark
and reached the second round of
the state playoffs before another
loss to Heights. In 2012, the Buffs
regressed slightly, finishing 5-4
and missed the postseason play-
offs for the first time.
“We’ve made strides in so many
different ways, but it’s not always
in the wins and losses,” Hill said
recently. “A year ago, we had a lot
of inexperience at key positions
and we played like it at times. We
had a first-year quarterback who
has a lot of talent, but made a lot
of mistakes. I have always said,
I’ll take the talent and see where
it takes us.”
The Buffs’ season came to a
crashing end with a 24-20 heart-
breaking loss at Dodge City in
the annual Hatchet Game, a loss
that eliminated the Buffs from
the postseason consideration and
gave the Red Demons the final dis-
trict playoff spot.
“I’m not sure there’s ever been
a more disappointing loss,” Hill
said at the time. “We simply gave
the game away and still almost
won. That one will stick with me
for a long time.”
Now, with a new season
approaching, Hill looks to those
28 seniors to position the team for
another run deep into the post-
season.
With returning senior quarter-
back Greyson Tempel at the helm,
Hill is excited to see what his new,
faster-tempo offense will produce.
Tempel accounted for nearly 2,500
yards of offense a year ago, rush-
ing for just under 1,000 yards
and passing for more than 1,500
yards. But he was susceptible to
turnovers, He had nine intercep-
tions and nine lost fumbles while
throwing for 13 touchdowns and
rushing for another 10.
“For Greyson, it’s all about a
natural progression of learning
the system,” Hill said of the 5-11,
175-pounder. “He’s now got game-
time experience, knows the align-
ments to look for and knows all
the assignments.
I think he realiz-
es that he’s going
to have more
opportunities to
find other people
to be offensive
threats and he’s
got to hone in on
those for us to be
really success-
ful.”
While
the
Buffs
return
six starters on
defense,
the
offense only has
three full-time
and a couple of part-time starters
back.
Greyson Tempel’s favorite tar-
get a year ago was his twin broth-
er, Dustin, who caught 39 passes
for 592 yards and four touch-
downs. The only returner up front
on the line is senior Alex Ortiz,
a 6-3, 285-pounder who could be
among the top linemen in Kansas
this season.
“We’ll be filling the holes with
young guys, but they’re getting
bigger and better all the time,”
Hill said of his projected O-line
starters.
That group is likely to include
Andres Loza (6-1, 225, Jr.) or Cesar
Felix (5-8, 240, Sr.) at left guard;
Humberto Perez (6-0, 230, Jr.) at
center; Montana Fuller (6-3, 250,
Sr.) at right guard and Ortiz at left
tackle. Alex Frey (6-4, 290, So.) is
set at right tackle.
“We’re more athletic up front
than we’ve been and I think we’ll
be able to do different things with
our blocking schemes,” Hill said.
In addition to Dusty Tempel at
a wideout, Greyson Tempel will
have slotback Mitchell Hernandez
(5-8, 160, Sr.) and newcomer Caleb
Tramp (6-5, 205, Jr.). Tramp came
into his own during the last half
of the 2013 basketball season and
bring a new dimension to the
passing game.
“He’s got the size and confi-
dence and is just getting better
every day,” Hill said of Tramp.
“He gained a lot of confidence
with basketball and he’s getting
a better understanding of what
we expect. He’s thinned out and is
the prototypical big wide receiv-
er now. He’s got game-speed and
seems to always be deeper than
the cornerback.”
Hill said sophomores Jared
Koster (5-11, 155) and Nalen
Rincones (5-10, 180) have earned
the starts at tailback and fullback.
Senior Ismael Hernandez will
handle the placekicking duties,
both extra points and field goals
as well as kickoffs. Mitchell
Hernandez will return as the
team’s punter.
Brad Nading/Telegram
Garden City High School quarterback Greyson Tempel, left, throws
a pass as lineman James Nguyen blocks Bixby, Okla., defender Matt
Dreyer last season at Buffalo Stadium.
Hill’s 4th-year team looks to seniors for leadership
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