EL DORADO, Kan. – It is great to have one big-time running back, but for Butler County (Kan.) Community College the backfield is loaded with not just one, but two great backs. Kenny Wilson is ranked as the No. 7 junior college player in America, but he was hampered this past Saturday with a shoulder injury allowing three-star tailback Ryan Torain to step forward in the biggest game of the season.
And he didn't disappoint.
Against rival Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Torain rushed for 132 yards on 16 carries and had three touchdowns. His 30-yard run midway through the third quarter officially turned the game into a blowout and helped pad the eventual 65-28 margin. The run was a tough effort and was typical of his rushing style.
Torain is a tough inside running, but has an extra burst of speed and after having about five guys take a shot at him on the play, he broke free and outraced the Red Raven defenders into the end zone.
"I just felt somebody trying to wrap me up, and I kept trucking my feet," he said. "Then I broke loose and all I saw was green in front of me. I kept trucking until I hit the end zone."
The victory was a sweet one, he said.
"We wanted to beat them like that from day one," Torain said. "All of our games have been blow out wins, so we wanted to treat this the same way as all of the other games. We didn't want it to be a close game. We just wanted to keep blowing everybody out and keeping our tradition up."
And Torain was pleased with his effort, especially since he got a chance to carry the ball a little more as the main offensive threat for the Grizzlies.
"It felt good," Torain, who is 6-foot and 195 pounds, said. "Kenny is still not 100 percent. He didn't practice the whole week. Coach told me to be ready just in case he couldn't go and rotate like we always do. I took advantage of it."
He hopes to take advantage of it in college, too.