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  • Garden City, Tyler to meet in Football Capital of Kansas Bowl

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  • The selections have been made for the renamed Football Capital of Kansas Bowl (formerly known as the Citizens Bank Bowl): the Garden City Broncbusters of the Jayhawk Conference and the Tyler Apaches of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. The game will be played at 1 p.m., December 8, at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium, home of the Pittsburg State Gorillas and the previous four installments of this junior college bowl game. Tickets are $12 general admission, $5 students K-12, $5 for college students with valid ID. Tickets are on sale through the Pitt State Ticket Office. "Going into our fifth year with the bowl, the mission for the selection committee is always the same," J.D. Ettore, bowl director, said. "Attract the best possible matchup on the field to give the fans a great game, I think the Apaches and the Broncbusters will be a great game." The national junior college title was at stake in the first two editions of the contest: Blinn College and its star quarterback Cam Newton (later a Heisman Trophy winner and national champion at Auburn and currently the QB of the Carolina Panthers) against Fort Scott, which included future Nebraska and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Lavonte David (2009), followed by Butler and Navarro for all the marbles in 2010. Heisman Trophy hopeful, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger played for the Grizzlies of Butler. Blinn defeated Fort Scott 31-26 in 2009, Navarro won 13-12 the next season, Butler defeated Trinity Valley 21-17 in 2011 and College of DuPage defeated NEO A&M 42-29 last year. The Broncbusters of Garden City own a 2-7 record, after the National Junior College Athletic Association handed down its verdict of a three-game forfeiture for the Broncbusters using an ineligible player in wins over Independence, Cisco (Texas) and Air Force Prep. Confusion with paperwork — the Second Year Signing Agreement form was not on file for the player — created this ineligible player after the NJCAA conducted a random audit. Akeem Jones and Jake Curran have both played games at quarterback — Jones 1,225 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 95-for-181 passing, Curran 722 yards, six TDs and three interceptions on 63-127. Curran and Jones have similar run numbers: Curran 98 yards and three scores, Jones 97 and three. Brandon Snell leads the receiving corps with 65 catches for 727 yards and nine TDs. Snell committed to Utah. Oklahoma State commit Tyreek Hill leads the running attack with 659 yards and five TDs on 101 carries. Garden City offensive tackle Dontavius Blair has committed to Tennessee. Four defenders — Wonderful Terry, D'vonta Derricott, Makail Grace, Sam Green — each have three interceptions and Terry's returned two of his three picks for touchdowns. Derricott ranks second on the Broncbusters with 67 tackles. Errol Clarke leads the team with 82 stops. Matt Miller, a Kansas State alum who coached Pittsburg native Shad Meier and helped recruit Darren Sproles during his assistant tenure (1996-2006), became head coach of the Broncbusters in January. Miller, a quarterback, led the Wildcats to a 10-2 mark and Holiday Bowl win in the 1995 season, earning himself a finalist nod for the Davey O'Brien Award, which honors the nation's top QB. The Apaches of Tyler enter the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl with a 8-2 mark, their only losses 55-31 to Trinity Valley and 33-24 to Navarro in the SWJCFC semifinals. Tyler defensive end Will Coleman committed to Mississippi State. Garden City's one of four Jayhawk Conference teams chosen for bowl games: No. 5 Butler (8-1) takes on No. 3 Iowa Western (10-1) in The Graphic Edge Bowl, No. 18 Hutchinson (7-4) plays Dakota-Bottineau (8-2) in the Salt City Bowl and No. 19 Dodge City (6-3) battles No. 4 Scottsdale (9-1) in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. Highland (6-4), which defeated both Butler and Garden City in the regular season, did not make a bowl game. Highland made its first Jayhawk playoff appearance. Other junior college bowl games around the country include No. 1 Georgia Military (11-0) against No. 2 East Mississippi (11-0) playing for the national title in the Mississippi Bowl; No. 10 ASA (8-1) and No. 20 DuPage (7-3) in the Carrier Dome Bowl; No. 14 Hinds (7-2) and No. 16 Navarro (8-3) in the Brazos Valley Bowl; No. 6 Trinity Valley (9-2) and No. 12 Mesa (8-2) in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl; New Mexico Military (7-4) and Arizona Western (2-9) in the El Toro Bowl; No. 7 Rochester (10-1) and Iowa Central (5-5) in the Graphic Edge Bowl (opening game).

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