Highly-ranked Hutch, Garden meet up in vital KJCCC contest

9/6/2013

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

The respective head football coaches for Garden City Community College and Hutchinson come into Saturday's much-anticipated contest between the two highly-ranked teams with one thing in mind: trying to stop the other's offense.

Last season, both teams came into the contest also highly ranked and both offenses had big days, combining for 112 points. Unfortunately for Garden City, Hutchinson's offense was more explosive, leading the Blue Dragons to a 63-49 win. The bad news for the Busters is the quarterback who led the Blue Dragons with more than 300 yards passing and six touchdowns, Luke Barnes, is back as a sophomore. And he has weapons surrounding him.

"They're typical Hutch," said Buster head coach Matt Miller. "They've got athletes running around right and left. They've got a great coaching staff running good schemes, solid schemes."

The good news for the 12th-ranked Busters, however, is there are only three other returning starters besides Barnes from a Hutch offense that averaged 45.2 points per game. Barnes finished his 2012 campaign with a 62.4 completion percentage, 3,256 yards passing and 36 touchdowns. Two offensive linemen return for No. 13 Hutch in Tarrale Johnson at right tackle and Jess Westmoreland at center. Linemen Clint Lewis also returns but is injured and is unlikely to play.

Orange Mooney also returns after seeing a lot of time at running back in 2012 behind starter Terrell Lane, rushing for 445 yards on 80 carries. He has moved to receiver this year.

Hutchinson returns six to a defense that only allowed 23.9 points per game in 2012 despite the sub-par performance against Garden City.

The team's runner-up in tackles in 2012, 6-foot-0, 218-pound middle linebacker Brock Long, comes back for his sophomore season after an 85-tackle freshman season. The secondary is a seasoned and talented group, led by 6-0, 184-pound free safety Christian Goodlett, who had 66 tackles and four interceptions in 2012. Also coming back are 5-11, 206-pound strong safety Keegan Murphy and 6-2, 189-pound corner Shattle Fenteng, who has committed to Georgia as a three-star recruit.

"I'm a defensive guy by trade," said HCC seventh-year head coach Rion Rhoades, the third all-time leading tackler when he played for Hutchinson in 1993-94, "so we try to play every phase of the game aggressively."

It's the defense where Rhoades hopes his team will make significant strides against the Busters this season.

Rhoades remembers the headaches that was brought on by Busters' All-American Tyreek Hill, who returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score and caught a 77-yard touchdown in last year's contest.

"You give that a lot of consideration to try to minimize his impact on the game," Rhoades said about Hill. "He created some really big plays that kept them in that game."

Miller is hoping his revamped defense will give the Busters the advantage this time around. He says the Blue Dragons' spread offense is going to be a big test.

"They'll be the best team we've played this season on offense, defense, special teams," he explained. "It's going to be a tough, tough contest."

The Busters might not be Hutchinson's toughest opponent so far, though, after being routed by then No. 3 Navarro College 41-16 on Saturday. Navarro is now ranked No. 2 in the latest NJCAA poll.

"That's really why we don't have to search for motivation," said Rhoades about the lopsided loss.

It's also why Miller said he expects Hutchinson to play their best game.

"We're going to have to have a great game-plan to have a chance down there," he said.

Know the foe

Who: Garden City C.C. at Hutchinson C.C.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson

Last Meeting: 2012, Hutchinson 63, Garden City 49

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Garden City

League: Jayhawk Conference

Mascot: Broncbusters

Coach: Matt Miller, (1st year)

Probable Starting Lineup:

Offense

T--Dontavious Blair, 6-7, 275, So.; Ryan Johnson, 6-5, 330, So.

G--Mitch Moore, 6-2, 275, Fr.; Colby Hamel, 6-3, 305, So.

C--Jason Carreon, 6-2, 295, So.

TE--Alan Kramer, 6-2, 215, So.

WR--Nile Daniel, 6-2, 200, So.; Brandon Snell, 6-1, 205, Fr.

HB--Tyreek Hill, 5-9, 190, So.; Mike Gerst, 5-11, 205, So.

QB--Akeem Jones, 6-3, 207, Fr.

PK--Tyler Peterson, 5-11, 180, So.

Defense

E--Richard Obi, 6-3, 255, So.; Ralphael Bernard, 6-0, 290, So.

N--Dondre Elvoid, 6-4, 315, Fr.

MLB--Errol Clarke, 6-3, 240, Fr.; D'Vonta Derricott, 6-2, 235, So.

OLB--Dalton Gantz, 6-0, 210, Fr.; Darius Jones, 6-2, 230, So.

CB--Wonderful Terry, 5-10, 180, So.; Tim Hill, 5-9, 190, Fr.

S--Sam Green, 6-2, 210, Fr.; Makail Grace, 6-3, 205, Fr.

P--Tyler Peterson, 5-11, 180, So.

KR--Tyreek Hill, 5-9, 190, So.; Nile Daniel, 6-2, 200, So.

PR--Nile Daniel, 6-2, 200, So.

2013 Schedule

Aug. 24--INDEPENDENCE, W 67-0*

Aug. 31--at Cisco, Texas, W 35-21

Sept. 7--at Hutchinson*

Sept. 21--AIR FORCE PREP

Sept. 28--at Fort Scott*

Oct. 5--BUTLER*

Oct. 12--HIGHLAND*

Oct. 19--at Dodge City*

Oct. 26--COFFEYVILLE*

*--Denotes Jayhawk Conference game

Hutchinson C.C.

League: KJCCC

Mascot: Blue Dragons

Coach: Rion Rhoades, (7th year)

Probable Starting Lineup:

Offense

T--Quincy, McKinney, 6-4, 311, So.; Terrale Johnson, 6-2, 314, So.

G--Clay Wilcox, 6-2, 309, Fr.; Eddie Gordon, 6-2, 316, Fr.

C--Jess Westmoreland, 6-3, 297, So.

TE--John Gilbertson, 6-5, 243, Fr.

WR--Chris Murray, 5-10, 179, Fr.; Jabril Soloman, 6-2, 190, So.

TB--Mike Blakely, 5-9, 191, So.

HB--Taylan Ybarra, 6-2, 247, So.

QB--Luke Barnes, 6-2, 205, So.

PK--Ryan Weese, 5-8, 170, Fr.

Defense

E--Carnell Simon, 6-4, 264, So.; Marquavius Lewis, 6-4, 274, Fr.

DT--Jeremiah Ledbetter, 6-3, 281, Fr.

N--Dondre Chanet, 6-3, 306, So.

OLB--Mike Peek, 6-3, 220, So.; Darius Wright, 6-0, 222, Fr.

MLB--Brock Long, 6-0, 218, So.

CB--Glen Hilliard, 5-11, 176, Fr.; Shattle Fenteng, 6-2, 189, So.

S--Christian Goodlett, 6-0, 184, So.; Keegan Murphy, 5-11, 206, So.

P--Luke Barnes, 6-2, 2-5, So.

2013 Schedule (1-1, 1-0 KJCCC)

Aug 24--at Coffeyville, W 44-14

Aug. 31--NAVARRO, L 41-16

Sept. 7--GARDEN CITY

Sept. 14--at Dodge City

Sept. 28--HIGHLAND

Oct. 5--at Air Force Prep

Oct. 12--at Independence

Oct. 19--FORT SCOTT

Oct. 26--at Butler

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