Broncbusters react to historic football victory

Photo courtesy of Kristi Tempel, Garden City Community College
Photo courtesy of Kristi Tempel, Garden City Community College

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Garden City is still buzzing over a big football game this weekend. The city’s community college won its first ever national championship in football.

The community college’s football team won the national championship over the weekend.

“The accomplishment that the students had was amazing,” said head coach Jeffrey Sims, “but it was an extreme challenge.”

They came into the game ranked number 1 nationally and beat number 2 Arizona Western College.

“It feels amazing,” said Arlington Hambright, a member of the winning team. “I’ve never won something like this. It’s crazy. In high school, I never won states or anything, so winning a national championship is definitely special.”

The Broncbusters were down in the last few minutes, but went 84 yards in under a minute and scored the game winning touchdown with 30 seconds left on the clock.

“I knew the hard work was going to pay off,” said Rishaun Croney, another member of the team. “We put in a lot of work over the summer, so just took it day by day, step by step.”

This win means big things for the players’ futures as they prepare to move on.

“Right now it’s a matter of finishing our graduation requirements and getting our guys scholarships,” said Sims.

Some of the players have already been offered scholarships to play at 4-year colleges and universities.

“Ohio University and San Diego State,” said Croney about some of the schools pursuing him, “and a couple of small schools.”

Some, like Hambright, have already made up their minds. “I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” he said.

The offers, and recruiters, keep coming.

“Auburn, Georgia called me today, Illinois, Arizona,” said Sims. “These are all opportunities that our guys are going to have.”

Several players came to Garden from out-of-state, taking a chance on the football program.

“When my coach told me about the school, I had no idea,” said Hambright, who moved from Michigan. “I had to research it a little bit, so, but I’m glad I came here. Won a national championship with my teammates. It’s definitely special.”

“Y’all will see me on TV soon,” said Croney with a wide smile.

Coach Sims credits the team’s win to the tireless work of the players and the constant support from their school and community.