TUCSON — It became abundantly clear early on who would control the line of scrimmage, and for another week, it was the Bobcats who won out in the trenches.
Visiting Benson took care of the Santa Rita Eagles 43-0 in a 2A Section game. The win sets up the home match up Friday between the Bobcats, 3-0, and Thatcher, 3-1. Game time is 7 p.m.
At Santa Rita, the Bobcats scored early and often, despite having three long runs, including the opening game kickoff returned by D’Ondre Villalobos deep into Santa Rita territory, and a Carson Barney run that was called back due to an illegal block.
Villalobos, Talon Palmer, Nick Redmond, Skylar Fox and Devin Bowling all ran for touchdowns and Diego Nikitas caught a touchdown pass. Barney rushed for 67 yards on eight carries to lead Benson’s 293 ground attack. Palmer completed five passes for 11 yards and a touchdown, a 25-yard scoring strike to Diego Nikitas. Villalobos had two receptions for 58 yards to lead Benson.
Cory Thum led the Bobcats’ relentless defense with seven tackles. Villalobos, Bowling and Colton McFarland each got credit for three tackles.
The Bobcats led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, 29-0 at the half, and added 14 points in the third quarter to lead 43-0.
Penalties continue to be a problem area for the Bobcats with 11 penalties for 101 yards.
“Too many penalties and mental mistakes,” commented coach Chris Determan. “Our effort was very good though,” the coach said, noting the Bobcats will need to play at their best Friday against Thatcher.
“We will need to play our game,” he said. “They are a very good football team; we need to minimize mistakes and have fantastic effort.”