BILOXI – Garden City’s (KS) Tyler Peterson was 1-of-4 kicking field goals this season, but his sixth attempt, a 33-yarder with no time left, gave the Broncbusters (7-4) a dramatic 31-29 win over the Co-Lin Wolves in the 5th Annual Mississippi Bowl. Co-Lin (9-3), the MACJC State Champions, finish the 2012 season ranked No. 14 in the final NJCAA poll.
The Wolfpack looked to have made another dramatic comeback with 41 seconds left in the game when quarterback Chandler Rogers hit high school teammate Bubba Keene with a 33-yard touchdown strike to give Co-Lin a 29-28 lead. The Wolfpack decided to attempt a two-point conversion, but Rogers pass fell short.
Nolan Long’s kick off sailed into the end zone giving the Broncbusters the ball at their own 20-yard line. But Garden City quarterback Nick Marshall, a sophomore from Pineview GA, showed why he was the Kansas Jayhawk Conference’s Player of the Year as threw a 58-yard bomb that was tipped up in the air and then caught by Rodriguez Coleman who was laying on the ground.
With 4 seconds remaining on the clock, Petereson lined up for a 27-yarder. But Co-Lin called a timeout to try and ice the freshman from Stockton, KS. A illegal procedure penalty backed up Garden City 5 more yards, but the extra yardage didn’t shake up Peterson who nailed the 33-yarder.
Co-Lin took a 7-0 first quarter lead as Rogers hit Joe Craig Jr. with the first of three touchdown passes (13, 12, 17) at the 8:08 mark. Craig, who garnered the Mississippi Player of the Year Award, caught 11 passes for 182 yards.
The Broncbusters tied the game when running back Jamal Tyler scampered 12 yards for the touchdown with 14:02 left in the second quarter. Tyler had 13 carries for 74 yards and three touchdowns runs of 12, 3 and 24 yards.
With 2:16 left in the second quarter, Rogers hit Craig for his second touchdown of the game, a 12-yarder, to put the Wolfpack up 14-7.
But Garden City drove the ball 86 yards in 1:29. Tyler dove in from 3-yards out and Peterson’s PAT tied the game at 14-all at halftime.
The Wolfpack took a 17-14 lead with 10:57 left in the third quarter as they drove the ball deep into Garden City territory, but had to settle for a Long 29-yard field goal.
But 21 seconds later, Marshall broke loose for a 63-yard run to give the Broncbusters their first lead of the game at 21-17.
On the Wolfpack’s next possession, Rogers hit Craig again, this time from 17 yards out. Long’s PAT was blocked and the Co-Lin lead was 23-21 with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter.
The Broncbusters took a 28-23 lead at the 4:21 mark as Tyler ran the ball in from the 24-yard line.
Garden City appeared to take a 35-23 lead in the fourth quarter when defensive back D’Vonta Derricot picked off a Rogers pass and went 80 yards for a score. The touchdown was nullified on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Co-Lin’s Milton Griffin intercepted a Marshall pass in the end zone to squelch the Broncbuster drive.
Rogers, who earned Co-Lin’s Most Valuable Offensive Player Award, was 32-of-51 for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Broncbuster defense held the Wolfpack to 33 yards rushing. Darius Guy, Co-Lin’s leading rusher, was injured in the State Championship game against Gulf Coast and was unable to play.
Marshall, who was named the Mississippi Bowl’s Player of the Year, accounted for 405 yards of offense. He was 15-of-26 for 295 yards passing and rushed 16 times for 110 yards. Niles Daniel caught 5 passes for 182 yards.
Co-Lin defensive end Jerrell Jordan, a Texas Tech commit, was named Co-Lin’s Defensive Most Valuable Defensive Player.