Benjamin Franklin vs. Santa Rita

First Win of The Season!

Savannah Martinez, Writer

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On August 25, the Benjamin Franklin Varsity Football team took a trip to Tuscon to face the Santa Rita Eagles. Both teams, starting the season with a record of 0-1, were looking for a big win to redeem themselves from last week’s defeat. Fortunately, the Chargers easily crushed their opponents as evident in the final score of 61-6.

The Chargers started off the game strong in the first quarter as QB Chase Adams completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to #9 Powell Skiba. The spirit of the game automatically rose as the Chargers started racking up points.

As soon as the Chargers got the ball back, #24 Zach Jefferies made a 16-yard touchdown run while Charger offense kept advancing on the Eagles, causing them to fumble the ball and be recovered by Franklin’s middle linebacker, #72 Austin Bateman and kicker #53 Sean Crandall.

Adams, #18, followed up with a 23-yard touchdown pass to #5 Chandler Miles, the running back. Miles carried the ball 32 yards for a touchdown. This brought the first quarter to an end with a score of 40-0.

Since the first quarter dragged out with several timeouts, and the Chargers had a 40-point lead on the Eagles, the refs decided to run the clock for the remainder of the game.

Cornerback #13 Grant Reeves started off the second quarter with a fumble recovery. Running back #6 Spencer Lawes made a nice eight-yard run scoring another touchdown for BFHS. As the Chargers continued toward their landslide victory, running back #24 Jefferies executed an awesome 48-yard touchdown run closing out the second quarter with a score of 54-0.

The third quarter was a battle between the Charger defense and Santa Rita’s determination to score. It resulted in a no-score quarter.

Starting off the fourth quarter, outside linebacker #75 Tanner Willis scored the final Charger touchdown with a three-yard run. The Chargers decided to be courteous in the final minutes of the game and allowed the Eagles to score. The Eagles gained a touchdown, but lost out on the extra point with a missed field goal. The game ended in a victory for BFHS and a final score of 61-6.

The Charger ended the game with 403 total yards, 108 passing yards and 295 rushing yards; the Eagles ended the game with 78 total yards, 34 passing yards and 44 rushing yards. In addition, the Eagles had three fumbles resulting in three turnovers.

The top three players for offense were quarterback Chase Adams, running back Zach Jefferies, and strong safety Chandler Miles. The top three players for defense were Austin Bateman, Cade McAfee, and kicker Sean Crandall. The player of the game was no other than #18 Chase Adams with 108 passing yards, zero interceptions, and three touchdowns.

This was the Chargers’ first BIG win of the season. We are all hoping they can do it again 0n their next game September 1st against the ┬áCatalina Trojans.

Let’s go Chargers!!!

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