TOMBSTONE — The dominant Bobcats scored on every possession of the first half Friday against overmatched and outnumbered Tombstone Friday in 2A football region play.
Carson Barney scored two touchdowns. Barney scored on an 18-yard run, his only carry of the game, and returned a punt 83 yards for the score, and five other Bobcats got in on the touchdown parade en route to the 46-0 triumph.
In control the duration, Benson scored 19 second-quarter points to add to its 27-0 first quarter lead. Quarterback Talon Palmer connected with Diego Nikitas on a 27-yard pass play a minute into the game for Benson’s first touchdown. After Barney scored on his lone carry an errant Tombstone long snap over the punter’s head led to D’Ondre Villalobos’ six yard run with 3:36 left and the Bobcats scored again on Nick Redmond’s 19-yard run with just under two minutes. Barney’s 83-yard punt return and PAT kick put Benson up 34-0, with Jace Barney, on a two-yard plunge, and Devin Bowling, on a four-yard run, capping the Bobcat’s scoring night.
Benson had 210 rushing yards and 60 passing yards with the starters out of the game in the second quarter. Palmer completed two of four pass attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown and Brok Determan completed his only pass attempt for 22 yards. Jace Barney led the Bobcats’ ground game with five rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Cameron McFarland had five tackles to lead the Bobcats’ defense
Benson coach Chris Determan acknowledged difficulty putting a game like that in perspective. “I liked that some of our younger kids got a lot of playing time tonight,” the coach said.
The win improves the Bobcats to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in section play with the Benson’s lone defeat a 34-12 loss to defending 2A state champion Thatcher.
The Bobcats will prepare now for Round Valley who travel to Benson on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
“They’re a good football team, they’re well coached and they’ll be ready to play,” said Determan. “We’re going to have to play out our best.”
The Bobcats held Tombstone to 57 yards total offense, all on the ground.