Busted in Hutch

9/7/2013

By J. Levi Burnfin

By J. Levi Burnfin

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

The Garden City Community College football team needed to play their best game of the year, according to head coach Matt Miller, to come out of Hutchinson with a win. It was far from it.

 Freshman quarterback Akeem Jones threw four interceptions and the No. 12 Busters committed 20 penalties for 164 yards in a 34-24 conference loss to the Blue Dragons in front of a crowd of 2,200 at Gowans Stadium on Saturday night.  

Despite the sloppy play that led the Busters to trail 27-10 early in the third, Garden City had a chance late in the game to tie or even take the lead.

The Busters scored early in the fourth on their best drive of the night, an 11-play, 74-yard march finished off by a 16-yard strike from Jones to sophomore Tyreek Hill. The point-after attempt was blocked to put the Busters behind by 11.

Then, the Busters capitalized on a fumble by Hutchinson's Chris Murray on an ill-advised punt return. The Busters recovered and drove 35 yards in five plays to score on Mike Gerst's 3-yard burst up the middle. Jones hit Brandon Snell on a rollout to the left for the two-point conversion to pull within three, 27-24, with 7:41 to go.

All the Busters needed was a stop, something they had been doing all night, forcing the Blue Dragons to go three-and-out seven times. Instead, Hutchinson was able to mount a 7-play, 68-yard touchdown drive. After six straight runs gained 26 yards and drained the clock of three minutes, the Buster defense was fooled on a play fake and sophomore quarterback Luke Barnes found sophomore Jabril Soloman behind the Buster secondary for the 42-yard touchdown pass, giving the Blue Dragons the 34-24 lead with only four minutes to play.

Hutchinson moved to 2-0 in the KJCCC and 2-1 overall as the Busters dropped to 1-1 and 2-1.

Garden City has an upcoming bye this week before facing Air Force Prep on Sept. 21. Hutchinson travels to Dodge City on Sept. 14 for a conference matchup.

The Yardstick

Scoring Summary:

Hutch—Mike Blakely 1 run (Ryan Weese kick)

GC—Gerst 2 run (Tyler Peterson kick)

Hutch—Orange Mooney 3 run (Weese kick)

GC—Peterson 35 field goal

Hutch—Murray 5 pass from Luke Barnes (Weese kick)

Hutch—Fenteng 41 interception return (pass fail)

GC—Hill 16 pass from Jones (kick blocked)

GC—Gerst 3 run (Snell pass from Jones)

Hutch—Jabril Soloman 42 pass from Barnes (Weese kick)

Team statistics

GC Hutch

First downs 19 16

Rushing 31-66 44-146

Passing  207 110

Att-Comp-INT 43-19-4 16-7-0

Total Offense 74-273 60-256

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1

Punt Return-Yards 4-44 1--11

Kickoff returns-Yards 6-117 4-113

Punts-Average 5-29.8 7-35.3

Third-down conv. 5-16 4-13

Fourth-down conv. 2-3 2-2

Red Zone 4-4 3-4

Individual statistics

Rushing—GC, Matt McDonald 6-48; Gerst 6-16; Hill 6-14; Jones 9-13; Snell 4--25. Hutch, Michael Peek 1-57; Blakely 16-47; Chase Abbington 10-22; Barnes 6-14; Murray 1-4; Mooney 9-1; Fenteng 1-1.

Passing—GC, Jones 18-41-4-196; Jake Curran 1-2-0-11. Hutch, Barnes 7-16-0-110.

Receiving—GC, Hill 6-59; Gerst 5-77; Brandon Snell 5-40; Nile Daniel 2-0; McDonald 1-31. Hutch, Murray 4-31; Soloman 1-42; Taylan Ybarra 1-34; Orange 1-3.

Interceptions—GC, none. Hutch, Christian Goodlett 2-32; Fenteng 2-40.

Sacks—GC, Alex Neuschafer 1.5; Ralphael Bernard .5; Errol Clarke .5; Darius Jones .5. Hutch, Jeremiah Ledbetter 1; Marquaius Lewis 1.

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