Grayson Tempel did it again. After throwing for 305 yards and three touchdowns against Liberal last year and rushing for 167 and two scores, Tempel was even more dominant Friday night dampening Liberal's homecoming. Tempel rushed for 305 yards and five touchdowns and passed for four touchdowns in a 61-20 pounding of Liberal. Big GCHS receiver Caleb Tramp caught three touchdown passes.
Grayson Tempel found his brother Dustin Tempel for an 18 yard score as he was uncovered into the southwest endzone. Tempel fired a 51 yard TD to Tramp after LHS missed a tackle to spring him. A 10 yard run by Rex Heronemus and a two pointer by Britton Abbott made it 14-8 with 1:56 to play in the first. Liberal was never competitive again.
Tempel found Caleb Tramp over the top to the 6'4" receiver to make it 21-8 with 59 seconds remaining in the quarter. Tempel's 25 yard run made it 27-8 with 10:17 to play in the second quarter. Britton Abbott's 20 yard pass to Blake Stout made it 27-14 with 8:28 to play. Tempel's 49 yard run made it 35-14 with 8:05 to play in the half. Emilio Parr intercepted an Abbott pass and Tempel's 14 yard rushing touchdown brought the game to blowout proportions at halftime at 41-14. Dozie Ekweari intercepted another Abbott pass before half.
Tempel lofted another TD to Tramp from 17 yards out to make the score 47-14 before Tempel added touchdown runs of 17 and 86 yards.
Garden City had 567 yards while holding LHS to 303 yards. The Garden defense held Britton Abbott and the passing game to 15-38 passing for 175 yards and two interceptions. Liberal also lost a fumble and recovered a fumble but finished with three turnovers.
Liberal played the game without all state receiver Trenton Hammond who was suspended for violating school rules.
The Buffaloes beat LHS for the sixth straight time and even the overall series at 45-45-3. The Buffs lead the WAC at 2-1 as all the road teams have won WAC games so far this season. Liberal is 3-2 and 1-2 in the WAC and plays at 3-2 (1-1) Great Bend Friday at 7 on 1270 and kscbnews.net.