Fall 2013 Football Preview - page 4

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Buffs:
Big senior class to lead GCHS
On the defensive side of the
ball, Hill returns starters in safe-
ties Emilio Parr (6-2, 175, Sr.) and
Dozie Ekweariri (5-9, 140, Sr.);
linebacker Kelton Uthe (5-10, 215,
Sr.) and tackles James Nguyen
(6-1, 210, Sr.) and Quinton Mead
(5-11, 220, Sr.). Dusty Tempel is a
returner at cornerback with new-
comer Alex Espinosa (6-0, 160, Jr.)
set to be on the other side.
New starters are projected
to be ends Cody Worden (5-11,
180, Sr.) and Andrew Brom (5-8,
170, Sr.) along with linebackers
Trenton Chiddix (5-8, 170, Jr.) and
Rincones (5-10, 180, So.).
“I really like the way the
defense runs to the football,” Hill
said. “We’re not very big, but
we’re fast at all positions. The key
will be using our speed and the
reactions to the plays. The size
is a concern, especially up front.
We’re gonna have to find ways to
withstand the teams who want to
run over the top of us.”
Hill said he likes the fact that
this team has picked up the sys-
tem quite well and understands
what he and his staff are calling
from the sidelines.
“Our football IQ has gone up,
especially for what I’m asking of
them,” Hill said. “They’re more
confident, more comfortable.
These are my four-year kids. I’ve
been their only high school coach.
They’ve all done a great job and
have not been a problem. They are
a joy to be around.”
Buffs notes:
Injuries have
sidelined several players before
the season even got under way.
Senior running back Angel
Gonzales is out for the season
with an ACL tear as is junior
running back/linebacker Zac
Finch. Senior running back/line-
backer Jacob Norquest is out for
an uncertain length of time, Hill
said, with an undisclosed inju-
ry. Senior defensive back/wide
receiver Hunter Delgado is the
latest casualty, suffering an inju-
ry in Friday’s Brown and White
Scrimmage that will force him to
miss the entire season.
The Buffs will open their
home season on Sept. 13 against
Woodward, Okla.
———
2013 Schedule
Sept. 6—
at Bixby, Okla.
Sept. 13—
WOODWARD, OKLA.
Sept. 20—
GREAT BEND*
Sept. 27—
at Hays*
Oct. 4—
at Liberal*
Oct. 11—
WICHITA EAST
Oct. 18—
at Maize#
Oct. 25—
HUTCHINSON#
Nov. 1—
DODGE CITY*#
*—
Indicates league game
#—
Indicates Class 6A district game
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2012 Results
(Overall 5-4; WAC 2-2; 6A District 1-2)
Bixby, Okla., L 42-7
Woodward, Okla., W 17-7
Great Bend, W 45-28
Hays, L 29-21
Liberal, W 37-14
Wichita East, W 34-13
Maize, W 31-26
Hutchinson, L 56-14
Dodge City, L 24-20
Brad Nading/Telegram
Garden City High School’s Dustin Tempel, left, gets behind Liberal
defender Britton Abbott for a pass reception that turns in to a 25-
yard touchdown last season at Buffalo Stadium.
Continued fromPage 3
DENVER (AP) — John Elway
has been down this lonely road
before, trudging through the tun-
nel in deafening silence after
a stunning loss at home as the
AFC’s prohibitive Super Bowl
favorite following a 13-3 regular
season.
It happened to Elway the
quarterback after the 1996 season
when Denver lost to Jacksonville
30-27. It occurred again for Elway
the executive in January when
the Broncos were beaten 38-35
by Baltimore in the divisional
round.
Elway rebounded the first
time to win back-to-back Super
Bowls. He said the pain of that
pratfall against the Jaguars was
the impetus to make them into
champions.
“It was a great incentive for
us to come back and have an
even better year the following
year,” Elway said.
After engineering a $125 mil-
lion offseason spending spree
and acquiring wide receiver Wes
Welker and massive right guard
Louis Vasquez — to help new
center Manny Ramirez fend off
the likes of Ravens nose tackle
Haloti Ngata — Elway is aiming
for history to repeat itself after
this latest heartbreak.
Five things to watch for as
the Broncos kick off the sea-
son Thursday night against the
champion Ravens:
ROAD RAVENS: Joe Flacco
looms larger than life in Denver,
and not just because he engi-
neered the stunning playoff
upset with his 70-yard touch-
down throw to Jacoby Jones that
tied it at 35 with 31 seconds left
in regulation.
The
NFL’s
marketing
machine put up gigantic ban-
ners of Flacco alongside Peyton
Manning on the Broncos’ stadi-
um to promote the league’s first
game of the 2013 season.
Fans are furious, Manning is
miffed and Flacco is flummoxed.
Still, Flacco reasoned, “being
hated is not a bad thing.”
This flag flap could have been
avoided had baseball’s Orioles
moved their game Thursday
night to accommodate the
champs for a customary home
kickoff.
“I’m not too worried about it,”
Flacco said. “It’s not like they’re
taking a home game away from
us. They’re just making us play
on the road maybe earlier than
we wanted to.”
ELVIS RETURNS:
“Doom &
Gloom” is what Elvis Dumervil
and Von Miller called themselves
in Denver, where the Pro Bowl
pass rushers combined for 29 1/2
of the Broncos’ league-leading 52
sacks in 2012.
Dumervil signed with the
Ravens in free agency after his
infamous fax foul-up in Denver
led to his release by the Broncos.
He won’t see Miller on
Thursday night because Denver’s
All-Pro linebacker is serving a
six-game drug suspension.
“He’s like a younger brother,”
Dumervil said. “We’ve spoken.
We talk all the time. He’s dealing
with tough times and he’ll fight
through it.”
Broncos, Ravens to meet
again eight months later
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