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South’s Busby Ready for Shrine Bowl

Mike Hammett - July 26, 2013 5:00 am

The all-time leading rusher in Salina South history puts his high school football career to rest on Saturday night.

South’s Cody Busby will play in the 40th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl in Topeka Saturday, before starting fall practice with CoffeyvilleCommunity College.

Busby has been with the West team, as the squad practiced at St. John’sMilitarySchool in Salina all week.

“It’s been pretty fun, getting to know all the guys and seeing all their talent on the field,” Busby said.

One thing Busby has experienced is getting to know some of his former opponents a little better, especially his roommate, Hays running back David Cardinal.

“It’s different when you don’t know your opponent and you never get to see them,” Busby said. “When you come together and get to talk about the games that you guys had, it’s pretty fun to relieve the memories from high school.”

Busby was part of a dynamic backfield duo for Salina South last season. On his way to setting the career rushing record with 4,079 yards, Busby worked with now senior running back Mike Jones. Jones has put together back-to-back outstanding season to put himself in striking distance of joining Busby as the top two rushers in Cougar history.

“It was awesome,” Busby said of playing with Jones. “I felt like I could come out of the game at any time and we wouldn’t skip a beat. He was there for me and (quarterback) Justin (Stonebraker) as much as he was there for me when he needed me.”

After Saturday, Busby will focus entirely on the upcoming season at Coffeyville as he competes for playing time with the Red Ravens.

“College is a huge step from high school,” Busby said. “I think I was ready to go to college now. I feel like it’s a bigger step and everybody around you makes you better. You want to compete and make yourself better.”

As for Shrine Bowl week, Busby said he was looking forward to helping out the Shriners’ Hospitals.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the kids,” Busby said. “Those Shriners, this is way more than just a game for them. It’s a really big deal for them. I hope we can go out there and raise a lot of money for them.”

The West has defeated the East seven straight times, with the East last winning in 2005. While the players and coaches change each year, Busby said he and his teammates are very aware of the streak.

“It’s very important, especially to the Shriners and to our team,” Busby said. “We want to keep that win streak going.”

The Shrine Bowl kicks off just after 7pm at Yager Stadium on the campus of WashburnUniversity in Topeka. You can listen to the game on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL beginning with network coverage at 6:45pm.