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Chargers Blank Sabercats, 34 – 0
The No. 5-ranked (3A) Benjamin Franklin football team traveled to San Tan Valley last Friday night and stifled one of the 2A conference’s most prolific scoring teams, No. 10 San Tan Foothills.
The Chargers defense shut out a Sabercats’ offense that averaged 45 point per game entering Friday’s inter-conference contest. The Cats were limited to 94 yards of total offense, which included 45 rushing yards from sophomore running back Amahri Bailey, who was averaging nearly 200 yards per game.
“Our defense is the heart and soul of our program,” Benjamin Franklin’s third-year head coach Dave Jefferies told CountyLinePreps.com. “We try to have our best 11 athletes on the field during defense.”
On the flip side, Benjamin Franklin gained 357 of its 437 yards of total offense on the ground. Running backs Zach Jefferies and Chandler Miles combined to rush for 322 yards, in addition to 62 receiving yards, accounting for almost 88 percent of the Chargers’ offensive production in the win.
— BFHS Athletics (@BFHSathletics) September 30, 2017
“We sputtered early due to a coaching error on my part,” Jefferies said. “Once we made an adjustment, we were off and running.”
Indeed, they were.
Jefferies, a sophomore, ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries while Miles, a junior, rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts. The duo was on the receiving end for three of senior quarterback Chase Adams’ four completions in the game.
Jefferies acknowledged a few of the Chargers’ defensive standouts, including senior defensive end Powell Skiba, who had three sacks in the game, and sophomore middle linebacker Cade McAfee, who had an interception. Jordan Kemp and Austin Bateman, both juniors, recovered fumbles.
According to Jefferies, defensive coordinator Pete Heinz deserves some credit too.
“It was just a great defensive performance by the entire unit,” he said. “(Coach Heinz) does such a great job preparing the defense (each week).”
It was a disappointing effort for the Sabercats, some of whom had last Friday’s game circled on the schedule.
It’s gonna be okay we gotta pick our heads up and go back to work 😤
— Amahri Baliey 7️⃣ (@Amahriii) September 30, 2017
“Everything went wrong on the offensive side,” San Tan Foothills’ sophomore quarterback Zach Herrera said. “They prepared better than us, and probably had better practice during the week.”
In the end, the Cats need to shred the SD card and move on. Their long-term season goals are still attainable.
“It was a terrible loss and it’s going to hurt us,” Herrera said. “It’s best for us to put it to the side and win these next four games.”
Up next: Safford at Benjamin Franklin on Thursday, Oct. 5, and Arizona Prep College at San Tan Foothills for Military Appreciation Night, on Friday, Oct. 6. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Poston Butte Preparing for Region Play after Loss
The Poston Butte football team will try to make last Friday’s result against defending state champion Williams Field short and forgetful.
The Black Hawks defeated the Broncos, 52 – 6.
“Williams Field is a big, physical team,” Poston Butte head coach Dain Thompson wrote in an email to CountyLinePreps.com. “Actually, the score was pretty indicative of both teams. We competed but were completely overmatched by (the Black Hawks’) size.
“They have great participation numbers at their school, which is something that I hope to have in the future.”
Now at 3 – 3 for the season, the Broncos are looking ahead at the opportunity in front of them: Four Sonoran Region games that, if victorious in each, would secure a state playoff berth.
“Our focus now is on our section,” Thompson said. “We have four weeks of section play and every week will be a battle.”
The first of the region games takes place this Friday at home versus Flowing Wells. The Caballeros defeated the Broncos a year ago in overtime, 24 – 17.
Atoning for last season’s loss would be a good start.
“We are no different from most teams in the state, in that, one of our team goals from the beginning of the season has been to win our section,” Thompson said. “The road to that goal starts this week.
“This will be a great week of practice,” he added. “I know our team will be prepared and ready to play great at home this week.”
Friday’s kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.