Garden City Community College has had some incredible rushing performances in its history. After all, legends like Frank Murphy and Corey Dillon, Kevin Bouie and Dwayne Crutchfield have stepped onto the gridiron in the brown and gold.
But never have the Broncbusters had a pair of 200-yard rushers in the same game — until Saturday, when Dedrick Mills had 267 yards and three touchdowns and Charles West added 201 yards and two scores in Saturday's 52-28 win over Dodge City.
Those two provided the bulk of the 490 yards the Buster offense racked up in the blowout. That mark is the second-best team rushing performance in Buster program history.
And it was just the Busters' first game of the season.
Look out, KJCCC defensive coordinators.
The Busters had such an easy time slicing through the Conqs’ defense on the ground, that they only passed the ball a single time. Starting quarterback Nick Bohn was 1 for 1 for 5 yards.
With Bohn playing in his first collegiate game, and backup Davin Moore joining the Busters late in fall practice, perhaps easing into the passing game was a smart choice. But the Busters will have to pass eventually, and Saturday provided no answers as to how effective they could be with it.
“We need to develop, and we’ve got a good passing game, and we’ll use it when necessary,” GCCC head coach Jeff Sims said.
Having an effective running game is a quarterback’s best friend, though.
“We’re going to have to grow off what we’ve done,” Sims said. “We have a whole lot of talent we didn’t show (Saturday).”
With five touchdowns in their first five drives, the Buster offense completely took control of the game Saturday. But the Buster defense showed some cracks in the first half, particularly in getting off the field.
Dodge City had just nine points in the first half, but the Conqs were 5 for 10 converting on third downs, and did not turn the ball over in the half, either. Both are key areas of emphasis for the Busters' defensive staff.
Of course, stopping the Conqs from reaching the end zone on the first three drives into Buster territory was a big help.
Dodge City finally did find the end zone on a couple of scoring drives in the third quarter, the first a 5-play, 59-yard march, and the latter a short 15-yard scoring drive thanks to a blocked punt. But the Busters also held the Conqs to 0 for 4 on third downs in the half, and forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Note: Holcomb product and GCCC sophomore Dillon Williams had a game-high 11 tackles from his inside linebacker position. But a pair of safeties were next for the Busters, in Derick Rucker and Andreus Price, each of whom had 10.
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