By Mike Pilosof
Garden City, KS-Following a 27-23 defeat to Independence on Saturday, Garden City dropped eight spots from third to 11th in the latest NJCAA rankings released on Tuesday.
"We can't worry about National Championships or anything like that," Head Coach Jeff Sims. "Right now, we have to focus on playing a Hutchinson team, who I believe is better than Independence."
The Broncbusters, who suffered their first loss in 672 days, have now been ranked in 15 consecutive polls. The defending national champs began the year as the third-ranked team in the country behind Arizona Western and East Mississippi. It was second-highest preseason ranking in program history.
"We have to get better," Sims said. "We have a lot of talent, but we have things that we have to fix."
Arizona Western remains No. 1 followed by Trinity Valley, Iowa Western and Northwest Mississippi.
The Broncbusters are still the highest-ranked Jayhawk School with Independence at 15 and Dodge City at 19. Highland is receiving votes, and Butler, following their loss to Coffeyville, was dropped from the rankings.
As for the chances of a one-loss team playing for the national title-consider this: Out of the 58 National Champions, 16 of them had one loss. And, since 2000, a one-loss team has played for the biggest prize eight times, including when 9-1 Glendale beat undefeated Garden City in 2000.
The Broncbusters host 2-1 Hutchinson on Saturday. Pregame 6:30 p.m.; kickoff at 7 p.m. on 99.9 FM; westernkansasnews.com/kwkr and KWKR mobile app