ICC sophomore Otumos Payemanu scores his second touchdown of the night in the second quarter of the Pirates loss to Garden City at home on Saturday, September 15. Nick Dailey, Staff Photo
ICC sophomore Otumos Payemanu scores his second touchdown of the night in the second quarter of the Pirates loss to Garden City at home on Saturday, September 15. Nick Dailey, Staff Photo

In a game that turned out to be a slugfest during the contest and nearly turned into a literal brawl after the final horn, the ICC Pirates lost at home to Garden City on Saturday, September 15. After jumping out to a big 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Pirates allowed Garden City back into the game and took a 21-18 lead into the locker room. Garden City then did all the scoring in the second half and stole the 28-21 victory in front of a stunned Pirate Nation.

Tensions between the two teams ran high all night, with Indy Head Coach Jason Brown having some bad blood with his former school and the GCCC head coach. Things began to escalate late in the fourth quarter as the Broncbusters were trying to put the dagger into the Pirates. Indy forced a fumble and recovered, but a penalty negated the turnover and gave Garden City the ball back in Pirate territory.\

As GCCC Head Coach Jeff Sims was checking on an injured player on the field, he celebrated the first down with some choice words for Brown on the sidelines, which Independence did not take lightly.

Independence\'92s defense came up big after the penalty, forcing a field goal attempt that sailed wide right, giving the Pirates the ball back with just over two minutes remaining and trailing by seven. Sophomore quarterback Malik Henry, seeing his first action of the 2018 season, came in to try to tie the game or go for the win, and he put together a nice drive that came up short as a fourth down pass attempt inside Broncbuster territory fell incomplete and Garden City regained possession with under a minute to go, kneeling on the ball to lock up the 28-21 final score.

After time expired, the Pirates felt that Garden City\'92s celebration was a bit excessive, with coaches and players exchanging words and some pushing and shoving taking place near the visitor\'92s locker room. No word yet on whether any players have been disciplined due to the scuffle, but the Reporter will continue to follow up and update our readers once more info is available.

ICC (1-2, 1-2) remains at home to take on Ft. Scott on Saturday, September 22.