May 30, 2024

Broncbusters ground and pound Conqs

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – With Garden City only throwing one pass in the game, the Conquistadors fell to the Broncbusters on Saturday night, 52-24.

The Broncbusters racked up 316 rushing yards on 22 carries in the first half, throwing just one pass for five yards. Throughout the second half, the Busters did not throw a single pass but collected a total of 495 total yards, while Dodge City had 303.

Devonta Guillory<> was able to prove his strong leg as he was 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 50 yards, which is just five yards short of the school record of 55 yards set by Dillon Burkhead in 2014.

John Lux<> and Drew Harris<> split time at quarterback for the Conquistadors, as Lux was 8-for-13 for 156 yards while Harris was 4-for-10 for 48 yards.

Anthony Watkins<> collected 21 carries on the night for 95 yards while Justin Theriot<> racked up 40 yards on 15 carries.

The Dodge City offense came out moving the ball well, but a bad snap on third down stalled the drive and forced Devonta Guillory<> to kick a 34-yard field gal to give the Conqs a 3-0 lead.

On the very next drive the Broncbusters drove the field and eventually punched it into the endzone on a one-yard run to take the lead back, 7-3.

Dodge City then came back with a long drive, but on third down, John Lux<> took a sack to push the Conqs back to the edge of field goal range. Guillory then came out and got a 50-yard field goal to sneak over the crossbar to cut the lead to 7-6.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Broncbusters came out in the wildcat and ran just one play and went the distance to score their second touchdown to make it 14-6.

With both offenses scoring on every drive, Dodge City drove down inside the Garden City 10-yard line, but was unable to punch it in the endzone, as Guillory kicked his third field goal of the half to cut the lead to 14-9.

The Conquistadors then seemed to get their first stop of the game, but Dodge City was lined up offside which kept the drive alive and the Broncbusters scored a touchdown on the very next play to make it 21-9.

The Conquistadors had to punt on their next possession, and after finally throwing their first pass of the game, the Busters went back to the ground to score their fourth touchdown in as many drives to make it 28-9 with just over two minutes until halftime.

After another defensive stop by the Broncbusters, Garden City scored on the first play of their possession to extend their lead to 35-9 heading into the locker room.

The Dodge City defense regrouped in the locker room at halftime and came out and got their first stop of the game to start the second half. After Dodge City turned it over on downs and the Conquistador defense got another stop, Lux was able to find Eugene Minter<> for a 7-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 35-16.

On Garden City’s very next possession, they had to punt the ball away. After kicking it once, a penalty made the Busters punt a second time, and Dodge City was able to break through the line and block the punt to give Dodge City the ball on the Garden City 15 yard line.

After one play got the ball to the 10, Anthony Watkins<> broke free on the left side and found the endzone. On a wild two-point conversion, Kyle Jones<> made a great pitch to Tyrice Richie<> to cut the lead to 35-24.

Garden City then regained all momentum for the rest of the game, breaking the game back open and eventually winning the game, 52-24.

Dodge City is now 0-2 on the year and 0-2 in KJCCC play. They will be in action next Saturday, Sept. 8, when they host Gordon’s Fine Arts and Sports Academy at 1 p.m.