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Sep 27 Benton writeup - Benton throttles N. DeSoto By Jimmy Watson The...
Benton throttles N. DeSoto By Jimmy Watson The Times If a fully loaded tanker truck had overturned in the middle of the North DeSoto football field Friday night, it wouldn't have been has hazardous hazardous to the Griffins as the Benton football team. The mighty Tigers capitalized on numerous North DeSoto mistakes and used their stout defense to rout the Griffins 4W). Junior halfback Ijemond Wheatley scored three first half touchdowns on long runs, as the visitors built a 3!V0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Wheatley scored on runs of 28. 15 and 19 yards to give Benton (4-0) (4-0) (4-0) all the scoring it needed. "North DeSoto is young and we knew coming in we were a better football team, so we just tried to stay focused and get better. Hopefully we did that." Benton coach Mitch Downey said. "We would like to have thrown the ball better, but we're glad to get the victory." North DeSoto's Jeremy Thomas fumbled four times and Orlando White added anoth er to make Benton's job easier. leading the Tigers' defense with recoveries were Aaron Myers, MylesHemdon.Jon Looptr. Josh Simon, Jerrell White and Josh Elliott. Benton's defense was so stout the Griffins (1-3) (1-3) (1-3) could manage just one first down in the first half and that came with less than three minutes remaining when quarterback Jonathan Creech hit Demarcus Clark for an 11-yard 11-yard 11-yard gain. The Griffins managed only 34 yards of total offense in the first half. "We got to play a lot of people tonight, which should help us down the line," Downey said. Benton also benefited from a safety safety when the GrifDns centered the ball over the head of punter Gray McGee, who kicked the ball out of the end zone. One of the bright spots for North DeSoto was a pair of pass interceptions interceptions by McGee and Ryan Burford. The Griffins also got a fumble recovery recovery by Shelton Dowden, but couldn't capitalize on any of the turnovers. Thomas bolted for a 98-yard 98-yard 98-yard touchdown touchdown run in the fourth quarter but the play was called back due to an illegal illegal block in the back. The Tigers scored on their first offensive offensive possession when they moved 49 yards in seven plays with Wheatley capping the drive with a 28-yard 28-yard 28-yard scamper around left end. Wheatley scored again from 15 yards out one series later for a 1M Benton lead. Thomas fumbled at his own 20-yard-line 20-yard-line 20-yard-line 20-yard-line 20-yard-line on North DeSoto's first play of the second quarter and it took just three plays for Tigers' quarterback Curtis Byrd to score from one yard out After holding the Griffins to three plays, Benton built it's lead to 2bM) when fullback Eddie Conway scored from 19 yards out. In the second half, Benton added touchdown runs by Byrd (2 yards) and Aaron Adams (1 5 yards) . f 1 -.- -.- -.- ..A.' Downey

Clipped from The Times27 Sep 2003, SatOther EditionsPage 26

The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana)27 Sep 2003, SatOther EditionsPage 26
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