By KEVIN THOMPSON
It had all the makings of an early season classic.
Both teams were 1-0 after convincing Week One wins. It was the Great West Activities Conference opener.
But in the end, it was the Scott City Beavers with the dominant win, 47-7 over Holcomb's Longhorns at Darner Field in ScottCity.
Dalton Buehler ran for four scores and returned an interception for another to lead a heavy Scott City offensive attack that racked up 409 total yards and a defense that held Holcomb to just 92 and forced six turnovers.
Scott City now leads the series, 9-1, last losing in 2007.
"It was a good win. It wasn't a great win," said Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil. "It was a good win because we bounced back from a little adversity in the first half."
Turnovers and Buehler were the bane of the Longhorns in the first half. The junior scored four rushing touchdowns, while Holcomb turned it over four times, leading to three scores.
The Beavers scored first on a 10-play, 52-yard drive in just over three minutes, capped by Buehler's 1-yard run. The key play was a 24-yard pass play from Brett O'Neil to Buehler on fourth-and-13 to the 7-yard line.
After a Holcomb fumble in Beaver territory, Buehler had runs of 17 and 27 yards before converting from one yard out to cap a 7-play drive to go up 14-0.
Holcomb again coughed up the ball on the first play from scrimmage on the next series with a mishandled lateral.
Brenner Wells scored on a short pass play on that turnover.
Buehler scored twice more after that to give the Beavers a 35-0 lead.
Late in the first half, the Longhorns scored as time ran out on a Tyler LaSalle to Andrew Homer pass on a drive kept alive by two Beaver penalties.
It was more of the same in the second half. O'Neil hit Braeden Robinson on a slant for a 47-yard play and a 41-7 lead.
Then Buehler picked off a LaSalle pass for a 35-yard pick-6 for his fifth touchdown of the night.
In the first half, Buehler himself had 108 yards on just nine carries. Scott City had 31 rushes for 184 yards, and they compiled 240 total yards with 12 first downs.
Holcomb, on the other side, had just three yards on 11 carries and 90 total yards with just five first downs.
Buehler and Colborn Couchman (14 carries for 80 yards) made up the bulk of the Beaver running, stepping up after Tyler Hess got hurt on his first carry of the night and with Dalton Smith out because of dehydration.
Coach O'Neil liked what he saw, especially from Buehler. On the junior's third score, he literally dragged eight defenders to the end zone.
"He has giant legs," O'Neil said of the 5-10, 190-pounder. "He can squat 425, 435 pounds. He used his leg power right there to take advantage of the situation and got it done for us."
The yards after contact were impressive, he added, but that means that the offensive line wasn't opening up the holes as well as they should.
That's something they'll have to work on as the Beavers (2-0, 1-0) head to Colby next week.
The Eagles have a Buehler-like runner, he said. Even though Colby is down in experience this year, O'Neil would like his team to play a better opening half than they did against Holcomb.
After coming off a 50-point performance last week, Holcomb coach Jerry Johnson had some cautious optimism going against Scott City.
"We had way too many turnovers and just got physically dominated. That's about the sum of it," he said. "Our goal was to be able to compete with them."
Sloppy play on offense early and the turnovers, however, changed all that, he said.
"We knew we'd have to play an absolutely perfect game to be in it and that didn't happen," Johnson said. "We've got to regroup and get rolling again Monday."
The Longhorns (1-1, 0-1) look to regroup for next week as they travel to Goodland for another GWAC matchup.
By the Numbers
Scott City 47, Holcomb 7
Holcomb 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Scott City 14 21 12 0 -- 47
SC Buehler 1 run (pass failed), 7:34.
SC Buehler 1 run (Buehler run), 3:54.
SC Wells 4 pass from O'Neill (O'Neill kick), 8:57.
SC Buehler 15 run (O'Neill kick), 6:05.
SC Buehler 35 run (O'Neill kick), 1:57.
H Homer 4 pass from LaSalle (Estrada kick), :00.
SC Robinson 45 pass from O'Neill (kick blocked), 10:28.
SC Buehler 35 interception return (run failed), 9:28.
1st downs 6 22Γό
Rushing-yds 16-5 52-286
Passing 9-19-87 8-10-123
Turnovers 6 0
Fumbles-lost 4-3 2-0
Punts 3-65 1-28
Penalties 4-16 7-65
RUSHING Holcomb: Richmeier 2-13, LaSalle 5-6, Hernandez 3-0; Scott City: Buehler 9-108, Couchman 14-80, Kough 2-36, Wells 6-18, Hutchins 5-18.
PASSING Holcomb: LaSalle 9-19-3-87; Scott City: O'Neill, 8-10-0-123.
RECEIVING Holcomb: Tucker 4-65, Gilber 3-17, Homer 1-4; Scott City: Buehler 4-48, Robinson 1-27, Kite 1-20.