Mountain View rides Buss to victory over Borah

Senior rushes for 327 yards as Mavericks blow out Lions 45-21.

SPECIAL TO THE STATESMANSeptember 21, 2013 

There simply was no stopping the Buss for the Borah High football team Friday night.

Mountain View running back Josh Buss had a career night, rumbling for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Mavericks steamrolled the visiting Lions 45-21.

The 6-foot-3 Buss scored on runs of 20, 60 and 93 yards, showcasing breakaway speed, tackle-breaking power and jitterbug quickness while leading the Mavericks to a school-record 581 yards on the ground.

“It all starts with the O-line,” Buss said. “Camren Fraser, Abdulah Habibovic, Blake MaCulley, James Eldredge, Tristian Spooner, Brett Carter — those guys made the biggest holes possible. Once I get through the line, I have confidence that I can run past people, but it all started with those guys tonight.”

Senior quarterback Kai Turner added 142 rushing yards and three TDs of his own for the Mavericks (2-1), who rode their lethal rushing attack and bend-but-don’t-break defense to a huge 5A SIC victory.

“This is a big win over a great competitor like Borah,” Turner said. “Our line played fantastic, and Josh is an incredible player. There aren’t a lot of answers for a guy like him … it looks like you have him stopped, and then he spins out of a tackle and he’s gone.”

The fireworks started early. After Buss opened the scoring with a 20-yard run, Borah quickly answered with a 55-yard burst by Karsten Niederer.

Not to be outdone, Buss ripped off a 60-yard TD moments later, giving the Mavericks a 14-7 lead.

After Buss’ huge first quarter, Turner took over in the second. The diminutive senior scored on runs of 2 and 12 yards — the second a whirling, spinning, highlight-worthy dash — to stake the Mavs to a 31-21 halftime lead.

Borah (2-1) racked up 448 yards, led by senior QB Cole Skinner’s 312-yard passing night. But the Lions were done in by turnovers — including two red-zone interceptions — and did not score in the second half.

Buss provided the fourth-quarter dagger, sprinting 93 yards moments after the Lions were stopped on fourth-and-goal.

“Our special players made special plays, and that’s what we need,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “Defensively, we knew Borah would move the ball, but our guys kept battling and came up with some big turnovers.”

Senior cornerback Beau White had two of the Mavericks’ three pickoffs and limited Borah star Kion Williams to 66 yards on five catches.

Borah senior Trey Dennis led all receivers with 11 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.

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