For the first time since 2004, Garden City and Dodge City community colleges will kick-off the KJCCC football season with the rivalry game.
The Broncbusters’ schedule was released in May, with Garden City set to play 10 games, including the opener against Dodge City at Broncbuster Stadium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1.
With the KJCCC scheduling agreement with the three Iowa schools, the Busters also host Iowa Western on Sept. 22 and Iowa Central on Oct. 6, as well as KJCCC opponents Highland on Oct. 20 and Butler on Nov. 10, the season finale.
They travel to Ellsworth (Iowa), Independence, Fort Scott, Coffeyville and Hutchinson to round out their 10-game schedule.
Last season, the Busters played 11 regular season games — the limit for NJCAA teams — by adding Air Force Prep during the middle of the regular season.
However, GCCC head coach Jeff Sims said he’s not currently planning on doing something similar in 2018, and said that trying to add an 11th game is difficult for a variety of reasons.
“It’s a possibility, but at this time, I am not planning on it,” he said Friday. “I don’t like playing bad teams that other JCs play and beat 70-0. Average teams don’t want to play us, and good teams only will play us on the road. They don’t want to come here.
“So an 11th game will be a bowl game.”