BENSON — Two games, two wins, and the Bobcats will look to make it three straight Friday at Santa Rita High School in Tucson.
Behind a deliberate and punishing ground attack the Bobcats dispatched host Morenci, 49-7, this past Friday, powering their way to the lopsided victory.
Benson’s offensive line thus far has reigned supreme in their two outings, opening the holes and wearing down opposing defenses.
Head coach Chris Determan, in his 15th year at the helm, has been pleased with play thus far but continues to stress the need for less penalties and continued improvement. Benson was penalized 10 times for 55 yards at Morenci. And while he’s been particularly pleased by the offensive line play, the coach is not about to let the Bobcats rest on any laurels.
“They have been getting better, but still need to improve... but getting better,” the coach said.
The line, consists of Joe Jackson and Ralph Grassi at tackles, Ryan Francione and Jace Barney at guards, Colton McFarland at center and tight end Remington Thola.
The line proved supreme again on Friday.
Carson Barney rushed for 170 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Bobcats’ attack which amassed 348 rushing yards and 55 passing yards for 403 yards total offense. Barney also booted five of six extra point attempts and ran in a two-point conversion.
D’Ondre Villalobos scored two touchdowns and Diego Nikitas added a touchdown reception to the mix and Jace Barney scored a touchdown on a 25-yard run. Villalobos ran for 108 yards on 10 carries. Talon Palmer completed three of six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Down 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, Benson scored 14 second quarter points for the 14-7 lead at the half, then put the exclamation point on the victory with 21 third-quarter points and 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, McFarland had eight tackles to lead the Bobcats, while Cory Thum, Devin Bowling and Barney each had seven tackles.
The Bobcats, 2-0, face the 1-1 Eagles in Tucson on Friday night in a 7 p.m. kick off.