Buhach Colony plays for titles, not statistics

Sjansen@mercedsun-star.comNovember 8, 2012 

— Stefon Gold or Leon Miles could easily be 1,200-yard running backs on another team.

Cody McWilliams could have twice as many touchdowns and receiving yards.

Quarterback Joe Marquez would be running and throwing a lot more in another uniform.

The fact that these Buhach Colony stars don't care about personal stats is a big reason the Thunder (8-2) celebrated a third straight Central California Conference championship and will be hosting McNair (7-3) in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 playoffs tonight.

"I think this team has bought into the team concept as well as any team I've coached," Thunder head coach Kevin Swartwood said. "When nobody wants to get the glory they all get it.

"You look out there and we have three or four flybacks. We may have two or three running backs. There's a tight end and receiver and they all share the ball. They've all bought into it and that's the reason for our success."

The Thunder average 330 yards rushing per game, but don't have a 1,000-yard back. But they do have four players with more than 400 yards apiece.

"Everyone plays for each other," McWilliams said. "Nobody worries about their own stats. We don't care about how many yards we have as long as we win.

"We've had a couple people veer off that and they're no longer with us."

The Thunder go into games knowing the action on the field will dictate who gets the ball.

If the offense is having success running up the middle it could mean a big night for Gold or Miles. If the Thunder are racking up yards with the fly sweep it could mean plenty of carries for Jayce Webster, Roosevelt Edwards or Tyler Dew.

"It's pretty much the same for everyone," Gold said. "If running backs are getting big runs that means the flybacks and quarterback are carrying out good fakes. If flybacks are getting big runs it's because the running backs are making good blocks.

"The only stat we care about are keeping that number two in the loss column."

The Thunder have made deep runs in the playoffs the last two years, but were stopped in the semifinals both times.

This team wants to be the group that finally plays in a section final.

They want to keep this team in tact as long as possible.

"It makes everyone want to achieve more," McWilliams said. "We want to go further than previous teams. I think we have the desire and ambition to go do that."

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