Busters garner 15 All-KJCCC selections
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Brandon Snell, Dontavious Blair, D'vonta Derricott, Errol Clarke and Tyler Peterson headline a list of 13 Garden City Community College football players honored Monday in the KJCCC All-Conference selctions.
Snell and Blair on offense, Derricott and Clarke on defense, and Peterson on special teams, were all announced as first-team selections, matching the Busters' 2012 first-team total.
Snell, a freshman receiver, hauled in a team-high 65 catches for 727 yards and nine touchdowns. Blair, a Tennessee commit, anchored the Buster offensive line at tackle, leading an offensive attack that averaged almost 150 yards per game on the ground and over 200 yards through the air.
Peterson was selected as a place kicker for the Busters, while also doing double duty at punter. The sophomore leg went 11 of 12 on field goals, and was 33 of 34 on PATs.
Dericott and Clarke were stalwarts at middle linebacker for the feared 3-4 Buster defense, which was the 13th-best squad in opponents' yards per game on the season, allowing just a 262-yard average.
"I mean, the proof is in the pudding," defensive coordinator Jeff Kelly said about his defense's selections to the All-KJCCC teams. "We had a pretty good defense this year."
Clarke, a freshman with offers from multiple Division I schools, and Derricott, a Kansas State commit, were No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles for the Busters, as Clarke racked up 82, while Derricott brought down 67. Clarke also had 13.5 tackles for loss, 2 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Derricott had nine tackles for loss, one sack and three interceptions.
"It feels great," Derricott said about being selected alongside Clarke. "He's (Clarke) like my big brother. He's taught me a lot. It was an honor playing next to him."
Joining the middle linebacking duo on the defensive conference honors were defensive tackles Ralphael Bernard and Deondre Elvoid, cornerbacks Tim Hill and Wonderful Terry, and safeties Sam Green and MaKail Grace, all honorable mentions.
"In the secondary, I'm surprised those guys didn't get higher because of the way they played," Kelly said.
On the offensive end, running back/wide receiver Tyreek Hill was honored at both positions where he split time this season. He was named to the second team as a running back, and was an honorable mention at wide receiver.
The sophomore Oklahoma State commit ran for 659 yards and five touchdowns on 101 carries, while also catching 32 balls for 532 yards and six more touchdowns. Hill was also a second team return specialist.
Rounding out the Busters' selections was sophomore guard Colby Hamel, an honorable mention.
The KJCCC Coach of the Year was Dodge City's Gary Thomas, who led the Conqs to a 6-3 record and a playoff berth in his first year at the helm. Thomas leaned heavily on his running back Tyreis Thomas, who was named the KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year, running for 1,130 yards and 16 TDs.
The KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year was Butler's Owen Williams, who racked up 52 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks and 11 tackles for loss from his defensive tackle position.
Butler led the Jayhawk with 19 all-conference selections, followed by Hutchinson's 18 and Garden City's 15. Highland, Dodge City and Fort Scott all had 12. Coffeyville had nine, and last-place Independence had seven.