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8/30/2013

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Buster head football coach Matt Miller is anything but complacent after Garden City Community College's 67-0 drubbing of Independence in its season opener.

"I just expect us to be better than we were last Saturday," Miller said about the Busters' upcoming road contest at 7 p.m. Saturday in Cisco, Texas. "As a coach, I know it's cliche . . but it's the truth. We made some mistakes on offense. We were by far anything from perfect at all positions on offense."

Garden City compiled more than 500 yards on offense against Independence, but also turned the ball over twice, including once at the Pirates' 3-yard line.

"That's what's good, though," said Miller. "You can put 67 points on the board and still have a lot to work on."

He was not so sure how much improvement the defense could make, though, after holding Independence to eight total yards.

"Defensively, when you hold a team to (that few yards) I don't know what to say about them other than . . . 'our defense gave up (so few) yards. That's a great job. Great job, young men,'" said Miller with a grin.

The Busters will again face a young offense led by a first-year starter at quarterback in the Wranglers' Jacorey McQueen. McQueen is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound red-shirt freshman from Manor, Texas.

Yet, Cisco head coach Scott Taylor was confident his young signal caller was capable of attacking the Busters' defense, calling McQueen a good kid who can scan the field well.

McQueen threw for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior at Manor High School. He also ran for more than 800 yards and 13 more scores.

McQueen will lead what Taylor called a multiple (set) offense with both I-pro and two tight end sets to wide-open four receiver sets. However, McQueen is surrounded by youth on the offensive side of the ball. Up front, four freshmen will help protect McQueen and three of his top four targets on the outside are first-year players. McQueen's only returning weapon on the outside is sophomore receiver Jared Mapps, who caught 12 balls for 131 yards and a touchdown last season.

The Wranglers are much more experienced on the defensive side of the ball, returning seven starters from last year's squad. The Wranglers' defense is led by outside linebacker Brian Hine, who tallied 35 tackles in six games last season, is implementing a true 3-4 defense this season after being very multiple in 2012, according to Taylor.

There is not many changes for the Busters this week after coming away from the blowout win over Independence without any major injuries. Yet, they did add some talent to the defense.

Despite the fact the Busters won by 67 points, they added more talent by bringing in their final two out-of-state players — Ralphael Bernard and Eric Wester, Jr. — to meet their 20 out-of-state player roster limit.

Bernard, a 6-foot, 290-pound sophomore defensive lineman from Raleigh, N.C., will immediately insert into the starting lineup, while 5-10, 184-pound freshman Wester from Fort Myers, Fla., will provide depth in the secondary. Bernard originally enrolled at Garden City in 2011, racking up 36 tackles and four tackles-for-loss in nine games. He did not play in 2012. Wester is a two-star cornerback recruit out of South Fort Myers High School.

Both players will be suited up for Saturday's contest with the Wranglers, a team Garden City held on late to beat 24-19 a year ago. The game will be Cisco's season opener.

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Know the foe

Who: Garden City C.C. at Cisco College

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Chesley Stadium, Cisco High School

Last Meeting: 2012, Garden City 24, Cisco 19

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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

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

Cisco College

League: Southwest Junior Collee Football Conference

Mascot: Wranglers

Coach: Scott Taylor, (5th year)

Probable Starting Lineup:

Offense

T--Hayden Vinson, 6-6, 300, Fr.; Austin Morris, 6-5, 315, Fr.

G--Chris Flowers, 6-6, 340, Fr.; Chris Cooper, 6-3, 295, Fr.

C--Zach Byers, 6-2, 295, So.

TE--Kyle Rammage, 6-1, 230, Fr.

WR--Jerad Mapps, 6-2, 220, So.; Malique Elliot, 6-4, 185, Fr.; Pat Bohannon, 6-2, 195, Fr.

HB--Airron Cowthran, 5-9, 190, So.; Dorian Lowery, 6-0, 205, Fr.

FB--James Revada, 6-0, 235, So.

QB--Jacorey McQueen, 6-2, 195, Fr.

PK--Jacob Harlar, 6-2, 220, So.

Defense

E--Merviel Lufuluabo, 6-0, 235, Fr.; Navante Williams, 6-0, 240, Fr.

T--Wyatt Egan, 6-2, 285, Fr.

N--Devvon Miles, 6-2, 320, Fr.

OLB--Nic Sierra, 6-0, 200, So.; Brian Hine, 6-1, 235, So.

MLB--Benson Chidester, 5-10, 225, So.; Webster Jones, 6-1, 210, So.

CB--Mario Henderson, 5-9, 180, So.; Deon Price, 6-2, 190, So.

S--Shelton Sessions, 5-10, 180, So.; Marquis Elder, 5-9, 180, So.

P--Felipe Para, 5-10, 195, So.

2012 Results (3-6, 2-4 SWJCFC)

Sept. 1--at Garden City, L 24-19

Sept. 8--at New Mexico Military Institute, L 34-7

Sept. 15--at Navarro College, L 56-14

Sept. 22--TRINITY VALLEY, W 19-17

Sept. 29--KILGORE, L 29-14

Oct. 6--SOUTHEAST PREP, W 48-10

Oct. 13--at Tyler, L 84-28

Oct. 20--NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A M, L 49-21

Oct. 27--at Blinn, W 34-21

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