Austin, TX (January 5, 2017) –
The Garden City Community College Kansas Broncbusters ended their first perfect season by earning their first National Junior College Athletic Association title after beating #2 ranked Arizona Western in the El Toro Bowl in Yuma, AZ on December 3. The Broncbusters fought down-to-the-wire to pull in the win after trailing 22-19, with only 1:30 left in the fourth quarter. The final heart-stopping play, in the last thirty seconds, was a one-yard touchdown pass from QB Peyton Huslig to WR Harly Hazlett resulting in a 25-22 win for the Busters.
The Broncbusters hard work and dedication, along with great coaching, over the last year is the reason for the turn around in the team’s program. “I’m not surprised that we are here,” said team player Jayru Campbell, before the title game. “If you know the work that we put in, you would understand. Coach Sims brought us here,” he said.
Head Coach Jeff Sims has also been named the American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, having brought the team from a 1-7 start only a year ago to an 11-0 record and conference title in only his second season at the college. He is the first Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach to win an NJCAA title. "It is an honor to be named ACCFCA Coach of the Year," Sims said. "It's been a dream of mine since I went to my first AFCA Convention and attended the Coach of the Year dinner and saw all those great coaches being honored. I really appreciate the AFCA and my fellow coaches for giving me this great honor. It was a great year for Garden City, our staff, and our players."
The team had a great season steamrolling over competitors, going undefeated for the first time ever. Home games were played at Broncbuster Stadium on Hellas Construction’s Matrix® Turf and Cushdrain® padding . Hellas installed the turf and padding in 2013, while completing other renovations including an X1000 epiQ® Track System , light systems, bleachers, a press box, field events area, fencing, and sidewalks. Hellas’ past projects and experience are what made GCCC select Hellas to renovate their aging stadium. Herbert J. Swender, President of GCCC said, “We talked with other clients and everyone was pleased with their products.” He said, “The Design Build product was the most efficient and advantageous to us.” The project has enhanced the overall community college experience and assisted in recruitment of collegiate athletes. “Our team competes at the NJCAA Division I level and having a certified track was paramount and having a high quality surface for the football team was important,” Swender said. “It’s a wonderful facility.” Hellas Construction is proud to have been selected to renovate the Broncbuster Stadium and congratulates the team, coaches and college on their phenomenal season and new national title.