Published On: Fri, Feb 11th, 2011

Arch signs to play Football for Haskell

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

                Braves lineman Buster Arch is going from Maroon and Gold to Purple and Gold.  He signed a Letter of Intent on Friday, Feb. 11 to play football this fall for the Haskell Indian Nations University Indians. 

Buster Arch (front row center), a four-year lineman for the Braves, signs a Letter of Intent on Friday, Feb. 11 to play football at Haskell Indian Nations University. Shown (left-right) front row - Bill Arch, Buster, Julia Becenti; back row - Booger Arch; Bud Smith, assistant director of education at Cherokee Central Schools; Craig Barker, Cherokee head football coach; and Ian Roper, Cherokee athletic director. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

               “It feels good and I just want to succeed in life and go off and go to school and see what I can do,” said Arch.  “It’s a big opportunity and I’m glad I get to go.” 

                Arch related that Haskell coaches have not set a definite position for him yet, but he said they are looking for linemen which is right up his alley having played four years at the position – both offense and defense – for Cherokee. 

                “I’m just proud of him and I hope to one day see him playing in the pros,” said Buster’s father, Bill Arch.  “He’s been a really good boy and is almost a grown man now, and I hope he does good out there.” 

Arch (#55) prepares to pounce on a fumble against Smoky Mountain this past year. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

               Braves head football coach Craig Barker commented, “We’re really excited for Buster to be given an opportunity to extend his playing career.  He is a great kid and is going to be a definite asset to the Haskell football program, and I’m looking forward to his future.” 

                He added, “It’s just great for our program to have a couple of kids going on to the next level, and we’re just as excited as we can be.” 

                Haskell is a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school.  Over the past three seasons, they have posted a 6-25 record including going 1-9 this past year.

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