YUMA, Ariz. – Scoring the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left in Saturday’s NJCAA Football Championship Game, No. 1 Garden City defeated No. 2 Arizona Western 25-22 to clinch its first national title.
Game stats provided by NJCAA.org:
•Peyton Huslig led the Broncbusters offense, contributing to 266 of the team’s 311 yards of offense – 150 passing and 116 rushing. The quarterback completed 11 of 20 passes including the game-winning, 1-yard touchdown pass to Harley Hazlett. He added two touchdowns rushing as part of a 14-carry day.
•Garden City running back Tra Minter added a rushing touchdown despite being held to just 26 yards on 20 carries.
•Ben Phillips led the Broncbusters with 63 yards receiving on two catches.
•The Garden City defense forced three turnovers, including interceptions by Bryan Blunt and Rashaun Croney. Delshawn Phillips forced an Arizona Western fumble that was recovered by Arlington Hambrigh.
•Blunt, Phillips and Eddie Williams tied for team-highs in tackles with nine apiece.
•Arizona Western running back Trevaughn Rodriguez led all ball carriers with 137 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
•Garden City ends its 2016 campaign with a perfect 11-0 record.
•The Broncbusters improve to 9-11-1 all-time in NJCAA bowl games, including a 4-2-1 against Arizona teams.
•Suffering its first defeat of the season, Arizona Western drops to 11-1 for the year.
•Falling to 1-3 all-time in the NJCAA Football Championship Game, the Matadors are now 7-9 in NJCAA bowl games and 7-3 in the El Toro Bowl.