1. What happened that was unexpected to you in the Garden City win over Hutchinson?
Kelton, HutchNews: Garden City threw the ball efficiently. We knew about the duo backfield, but quarterback David Moore threw for two touchdowns, including the game-winning to Charles West out the backfield. Moore’s only hiccup was a fumble that turned into the Busters’ favor. Garden City isn’t winning that game without Moore.
Levi, GCTelegram: The most unexpected thing from the game was something I did not learn until Monday — on the game-winning touchdown pass from David Moore to Charles West with 18 seconds to play, the Blue Dragons had 12 players on the field. And, yet, somehow the Dragons still somehow failed to cover West in the flat. Hutchinson was out of timeouts, and the Busters had just run a “big” package that included several of the biggest defensive players to pick up a 4th-and-2 on the previous play, which probably confused Hutchinson’s subsitutions, as well. But still, that’s a rough final play for a defense that otherwise had a stellar day.
2. Who was the MVP in Saturday's showdown?
Kelton, HutchNews: I prefer to give MVP to the winner, so I’ll say Charles West. The running back ran for 131 on 30 carries against a stout Hutchinson defense. West ran for 42 yards on a fake punt and caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Moore. He had two catches for 22 yards.
Levi, GCTelegram: West is the answer. But Kahari Foy-Walton should get an honorable mention for his defensive performance. It turned out Foy-Walton was the player who got the strip-sack of Hutchinson’s Mason Schucker in the second quarter. That was the lone turnover of the game, and it was a big one as it set the Busters up for their only score of the first half.
3. How does loss affect Hutchinson?
Kelton, HutchNews: In the grand scheme of things, Hutchinson lost a lot, mainly a chance to compete for a national championship. A win would’ve also given the Blue Dragons a Jayhawk Conference title. Instead, it left defensive end Clarence Hicks upset at the post-game press conference, questioning his limited snaps and saying some players might not want to play in next week's game. Head coach Rion Rhoades said Monday he wasn’t sure who would all be available Saturday against Iowa Central because of the physical game against Garden City.
Levi, GCTelegram: This is going to be a tough one to get over at Hutchinson. The Dragons were a win away from a conference title, and remaining in the national title race. And they were just minutes away from that win, holding a lead with a defense that had been impenetrable for most of the day — until it wasn’t. A loss in that manner could result in a complete collapse this week.
4. Will Busters be able to avoid the letdown when they host Butler Saturday?
Kelton, HutchNews: Fortunately for the Busters, they have a home game against Butler. The Grizzlies are coming off a five-point loss to the No. 2 team in the country, so this won’t be a walk in the park for Garden City. Both Garden City and Butler will come into the game battered and bruised, but Butler’s defense isn’t as stout as Hutchinson. More wiggle room in the run game for Charles West and Dedrick Mills means another win for the Busters.
Levi, GCTelegram: This is a classic letdown scenario. The Busters just got an emotional win over Hutchinson, in a game billed to be a de facto national championship play-in game. But Garden City still has one of its toughest opponents on the schedule in No. 12 Butler at home on Saturday. GCCC head coach Jeff Sims has a knack of making sure his teams always put its best foot forward, but this might be one of the most difficult weeks for him to keep his team in line.