And just like that, the Garden City Community College football team is the only program in the KJCCC that is undefeated.
With No. 11 Hutchinson’s 33-24 loss to No. 2 Iowa Western, and No. 18 Highland’s 35-27 loss to Butler, all seven other Jayhawk Conference teams have at least one loss.
The Broncbusters are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Jayhawk, tied with Coffeyville, Hutchinson and Butler. However, the Busters face a stiff task this weekend in Independence, which had a bye Saturday.
Sims near top of JUCO football
With his 100th game as head coach of a junior college football program, GCCC head coach Jeff Sims now qualifies for the NJCAA record book, in which he is now tied for 32nd all-time in winning percentage at .690 (69-31) in 10 seasons (two at Mesabi Range, four at Fort Scott and in his fourth season at GCCC).
“It’s a testament to the hard work and commitment of great players and great assistant coaches,” Sims said Monday.
The winning percentage mark is currently sixth best of active NJCAA coaches, and tops the KJCCC.
“For 10 years, I have had a front row seat to watch some of the best student-athletes and assistant coaches chase and accomplish their goals,” Sims said. “Through some of the most difficult circumstances, I have witnessed great work ethic, drive, and passion to succeed through the sport of football while getting a great education. It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to help in any way in the process.”
At GCCC, Sims is 24-12, at Fort Scott he was 32-12 and at Mesabi Range (Minn.) he was 13-7.
Busters at the next level
A pair of former Buster football players had spectacular performances for their respective teams this weekend. On Saturday, quarterback Terry Wilson helmed a Kentucky team that finally snapped a 31-game losing streak to Florida.
And on Sunday, rookie Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes was thrust into full-time action due to injuries, and made the most of the opportunity, picking off San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo and returning it 28 yards for the pick-6.
Hughes was on the Busters’ 2016 national championship team and was named an NJCAA All-American.
Hughes also had a pass breakup in the end zone later in the game, as the Vikings won 24-16. He finished with three tackles, the pick-6 and three passes defended.
Wilson helmed the Busters’ offense in 2016 and was named the KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year. He might be on his way to doing the same at Kentucky, considering his heroic effort Saturday in Gainesville.
Wilson completed 11-of-16 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for another 105 yards and a touchdown. The context for the performance made it even more impressive, as his rushing touchdown gave the Wildcats a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.
And late in the fourth quarter, Wilson converted a third-and-16 with a 54-yard strike for another touchdown, giving Kentucky an 11-point lead.
The Wildcats held onto the advantage and snapped the losing streak that began in 1986, nearly 12 years before Wilson was born.