By Mike Pilosof
Garden City, KS-For the first time since Sept. 12, the Broncbusters made a splash in the NJCAA rankings.
The Broncbusters are 20th in this week's poll following back-to-back victories over No. 12 Butler and Coffeyville. They've now be in 16 of the last 19 polls.
"We have the potential to be a very good team," Head Coach Jeff Sims said. "But guys still have to buy into what we are doing. They are continuing to work."
The Broncbusters were in 15 straight polls before back-to-back losses to Independence and Hutchinson dropped them out for the first time since the preseason rankings in 2016.
"We've shown glimpses," Sims said. "But we still have another level to get to."
Garden City faces another stiff test this week when No. 2 Iowa Western comes to Broncbuster Stadium. The Brown and gold is 5-1 vs. ranked opponents under Sims.
Independence is the highest-ranked Jayhawk School, coming in at No. 6 following their victory over Ellsworth. Hutchinson is 12th and Butler is 16th. For those asking why the Grizzlies are ranked above the Broncbusters-it really comes down to math.
Despite losing to Garden City, Butler scored a major victory when they knocked off then No. 4 Iowa Western 21-19. With the computers now taking up a portion of the poll, the Grizzlies strength of victory, for now, is greater than Garden City's. But that can all change.
"It's just the way the schedule has fallen," Sims said.
East Mississippi remains No. 1 while the Reivers are ranked second. Arizona Western slid up to No. 3 after knocking off No. 6 Snow on Saturday 29-27. Former No. 2 Tyler dropped seven spots after falling to Navarro. Trinity Valley is fourth, and Blinn is fifth.