For two quarters, the Garden City Community College football team looked like it was going to check off all of the items on the to-do list against Air Force Prep in an usual Friday afternoon game in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Win? Check, as the No. 19 Busters held on for a 29-20 victory over the Huskies, improving to 6-3.
But it didn’t come as easily as expected coming into the game, and as easy as it seemed to be in the first half.
“I didn’t get everything I wanted out of the game,” head coach Jeff Sims said. “I wanted it to be more of an enjoyable experience for the guys, because they deserved it. But it was more of a hard-fought game than we expected, because Air Force Prep is a well-coached, disciplined team, and we weren’t as sharp as we could be.”
Quarterback Terry Wilson threw a pair of touchdown passes — one to Remi Simmons and another to Daniel Davis — to open the game with a 14-0 lead for the Busters, and running back Alaric Williams added a third touchdown for a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Huskies got one back before the break, before Wilson tossed his third touchdown of the game to Charles West to make it 27-7, after a stuffed run fake on the PAT. But the Huskies rallied, scoring on a pair of long touchdown passes to seemingly cut the deficit to six points with a little more than a minute remaining, but the Busters blocked the PAT and returned it for two points the other way, providing the final margin of victory.
“The problem was consistency today, because there’s a million excuses you can use,” Sims said. “The reality is, it was five hours on the bus from 6 in the morning, and playing in the afternoon and playing on a field that’s pretty much a practice field. We had a hard time staying locked in.”
Sims said the Busters’ offensive line was their biggest struggle of the day, allowing Prep to get pressure on Wilson.
“We struggled with the fronts they gave us, and that allowed them to create some negative plays,” Sims said.
Wilson did threw one interception, while the Busters had two takeaways.
“I thought the defense had a challenge against their offense. The option is a different deal, and they (Huskies) have some talent,” Sims said. “They’ve got some long, athletic guys, and I thought our defense did a good job with that, and I thought our defensive line was flying around.
“We just blew an assignment late.”
The Busters’ next action comes at 11 a.m. at Iowa Central on Nov. 4.
Note: A full box score was unavailble at time of press Friday.