By Mike Pilosof
Garden City, KS-Following a 27-23, come-from-behind victory over Highland on Saturday, the Broncbusters stayed put at No. 3 in the first regular-season poll released by the NJCAA on Wednesday.
It was the 14th straight week that Garden City has been ranked, starting with the first-regular season poll of 2016 when Garden City was 14th following wins over Ellsworth and Highland.
"All we are worried about is Independence," Head Coach Jeff Sims said. "All of the other stuff will take care of itself."
The Broncbusters have won a school record 13 straight games, and last week completed their biggest fourth-quarter comeback (were down 16-6) since overcoming a 13-point hole to beat Air Force Prep in 2013. Garden City has also won eight straight games away from home.
"Does anyone realize how tough that is to do in this conference?" Sims asked.
Arizona Western, who came back from a 14-0 halftime deficit to beat Eastern Arizona on Saturday, remained at No 1. Followed by East Mississippi at two; 2-0 Trinity Valley is fourth while Northwest Mississippi rounds out the top five. Iowa Western moved up five spots from 12 to seven after hanging onto beat Hutchinson in week two. Highland, who was not ranked before their showdown with the defending national champs last week, are in at No. 20. Dodge City dropped two spots to 19 and Butler made their first appearance in the poll this year; they're 18th.
Garden City is back on the road Saturday against Independence. Pregame at 6:30 p.m. on 99.9 FM; westernkansasnews.com/kwkr and KWKR mobile app.