The Benson Bobcats notched another victory Friday, overwhelming host Safford 30-10.
With the victory, the Bobcats improved their overall record to 5-2 on the season, heading into Friday’s home game against the Thatcher Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Although pleased with the victory, Benson Head Coach Chris Determan said the Bobcats are going to have to improve when they face the Eagles.
“We had too many penalties in the game, but we overcame those and got a win,” said Determan. “We made the plays we needed when we needed them. This week we will need to be ready mentally and physically to be successful against Thatcher.”
The Bobcats jumped on the Bulldogs early, leading 6-3 after the first quarter and 14-3 at the half.
Benson came out strong in the second half, putting up 16 third-quarter points to lead 30-3 after three quarters. Safford scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats were able to run against the Bulldogs, picking up 282 yards on 47 carries with Dylan Layton leading the way with 105 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, followed by Mike Greer with 68 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
The Bobcats passed for 81 yards. Quarterback Travis Barney completed six of eight pass attempts for 81 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Dylan Bernal added a touchdown for the Bobcats and Barney scored another off a fumble recovery and return, while Layton, Nick Hernandez and Dallas Dastrup each added a two-point conversion.
Defensively, Brendon Benton turned another stellar performance with nine tackles and two assists to lead the Bobcats. Derek Elsmore added six tackles, an assist and a sack and Layton recorded four tackles, four assists and two sacks.