The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 8, 2013

Tyler tops Garden City in Pittsburg bowl game

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Tyler Junior College dominated both sides of the ball to beat Garden City Community College 47-21 during the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl on Sunday at Carnie Smith Stadium.

The Apaches (9-2) compiled 530 yards of total offense, while the Tyler defense recorded four turnovers and nine quarterback sacks.

“Our defensive front really played well,” Tyler coach Danny Palmer said. “Our secondary played well … We were very physical on defense.”

Tyler defensive end Will Coleman, who is committed to play at Mississippi State, earned nine tackles with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles while being blocked most of the game by Tennessee-commit Dontavius Blair. Apaches linebacker Larry Thomas, who received Defensive MVP honors, recorded nine tackles with three sacks.

Garden City was unable to get much going offensively. Quarterback Jake Curran was sacked eight times before leaving the game from an injury in the third quarter. The Broncbusters also had little success getting running back Tyreek Hill, who has committed to Oklahoma State, involved in the game. Hill didn’t touch the ball in the first quarter and finished with 17 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving.

“I don’t know why (Hill didn’t get the ball more),” Palmer said. “I was glad. It’s easy to stop him when he doesn’t have the ball. He’s a good player and will be a terrific player in Division I.”

Garden City’s Alex Neuschafer recorded a safety, and Curran hit Monterio Burchfield for a 11-yard touchdown pass to take a 9-6 lead with 8:11 left in the second quarter.

But Tyler responded with 36 unanswered points to go up 40-9 with 14:07 left in the fourth quarter.

Tyler quarterback Randy Price earned Offensive MVP honors by throwing for 245 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 58 yards. Apaches running back Chaston Bennett ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Terrance Taylor rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Lamar Carraway hauled in four receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Garden City was limited to two yards rushing on 29 carries.

Wide receiver Brandon Snell, who is committed to Utah, led the Broncbusters offensively with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Garden City finished the season with a 5-5 record but was forced to forfeit three games after an NJCAA audit ruled a player ineligible.

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