WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Now there are two. Following wins during Sunday’s semi-final matchups at Garden City and Independence, the Hutchinson Blue Dragons and the Garden City Broncbusters will advance to the Jayhawk Conference Championship on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. at Wichita’s Riverfront Stadium. The stadium is home to the Wichita WindSurge.
Garden City 27, Butler Community College 16
In Garden City, Butler came into their second-round contest off a road win at number one seeded Coffeyville on the Red Ravens home turf. The Grizzlies struck first with the block of a Garden City punt just under the 9-minute mark of the first quarter.
The Broncbusters scored on their next two drives against the Grizzlies, as they put together a seven-play drive that led to a 26-yard field goal by William Greig to take a one-point lead.
Butler misfired on their next drive with two penalties and a 12-yard punt which allowed the Broncbusters to take the ball over on the Butler 3-yard line, following two rushing plays by Dedrick Taibert the Broncbusters scored the first touchdown of the contest taking a 10-2 lead into the second quarter.
The Grizzlies and the Broncbusters traded touchdowns in the second quarter, Butler scoring on a 6-play 83-yard drive to start the second quarter and the Broncbusters capped the first half with a turnover driven three-yard drive with 8:47 left in the half.
Garden City Started the second half with a 20-yard field goal at the 7:36 mark by Jason Hernandez extending the Broncbuster lead to 11 as they led 20-9.
The strike of the day came on Butler’s next drive, as the Grizzly quarterback connected with Jordan Kemp for a 60-yard touchdown to bring the Grizzlies back to within four with 7-minutes left in the third quarter.
The Broncbusters rounded out the scoring, with a 10-play, 46-yard drive with 3:18 left in the contest.
Butler ends its season with a 1-9 record.
Hutchinson 42, Independence 0
In Independence, Hutchinson scored early and often to rout the Pirates.
The Blue Dragons scored just 24-seconds into the contest following a screen pass to Malik Benson where he rambled 87-yards for a touchdown.
Later on, in the first quarter NJCAA offensive player of the week, Dylan Laible connects with Benson again for a 76-yard touchdown pass.
Laible finishes off the Blue Dragon scoring in the first quarter with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Demarlyon Houston with 3:51 left in the first quarter.
The Blue Dragons would score three more times in the contest, Liable to Cortez Braham a 13-yard strike in the second quarter to end first half scoring. In the second half, Hutchinson would score on a 71-yard drive capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by Tye Edwards, and a fifth touchdown pass by Laible, a 12-yard strike to Benson to cap scoring in the contest.
Hutchinson finished the contest with 296 total passing yards, Laible finished the day with 5 TDs, and was 15 of 23 with 296 yards.
Independence finishes the season 8-2.