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, it to Benton's Wheatley runs over winless North DeSoto By Des McGinn Special to The Times BENTON The Benton Tigers remained undefeated, running over the North DeSoto Griffins on the four-touchdown performance of running back, Demond Wheatley, routing the winless Griffins, 34-0. With the soggy field, Benton (4-0), using Demond Wheatley as its "mudder," jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. Wheatley. a senior running back, scored on touchdown runs of 6, 20 and 40 yards, as well as an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the third quarter that put the game out of reach. He finished the game with 228 yards of total offense. 'Hie Benton defense was equally tough die entire game. North DeSoto (0-4) only had success running up the middle on the option as die Tiger defense didn't allow anydiing to die outside. North DeSoto's lone bright spot was Jeremy Thomas, who ran for 91 yards and was the Griffins' only offense. Their deepest tlu'cat was to the Tigers' 21 and that was late in the fourdi quarter and aided by a 15-yard penalty. "Our defense is getting better every week, but we're still not w here we need to be with the tough part of our schedule coming up," said Ben ton coach Mitch Downey. Benton's initial drive didn't produce points but was good because the punt pinned North DeSoto at its own 2. Unable to do anyth ing, a bad North Downey DeSoto punt gave Benton the ball at the North DeSoto 27. With Wheatley able to keep his footing in the sloshy field, the Tigers drove to the North DeSoto 6. On a third-and-short, Wheatley churned his legs through the middle of the North DeSoto defense for a score and a 6-0 Benton lead. It was more of the same on Benton's next possession as Wheatley. on runs of 15, 18 and 20 yards, put his team in the end zone. A run up the middle by Michael Coatney, converting the 2-point conversion, and the Tigers were up 14-0. Down 14-0 at halftime, the Grif tins took the kick off and drove to the Tigers' 45 before the drive stalled. Hoping to pin Benton deep in its own territory, North DeSoto punted to the Benton 15. On the return, Wheatley broke up field to the 50, when the Griffins' punt coverage caught up with him. But, he spun out of several tackles and raced another 50 yards for an 85-yard touchdown return and Benton was in command, 21-0. "I just tried to run to the best of my ability and follow my blocks," said Wheatley. Of the punt return for a touchdown, he added, "I cut back on a few guys at midfield, then took it on in." The dejected Griffins could do little right from that point on. An unsuccessful drive and a punt that checked up at midfield. put the Tigers in position for die kill. A couple of good runs by Aaron Adams pushed Benton to the North DeSoto 40. A counter play found Wheatley free of the North DeSoto defense at the 30 and he jogged the rest of the way in for a 27-0 lead and the rout was on. Benton scored again on the running of Shandrick Tasby, who covered the last 25 yards of the short Tigers drive, capping it off with a 1-yard scoring run. Benton led 34-0 after three quarters. Next week, Benton faces tougher competition as it plays West Ouachita. "We're going to sir how good we arc next week." added Downey. "We're sull not where we need to be. Hopefully, well get Whcatlcy's brother. Lemond, and Kendrick Stewart back next week." Both Iemond Wheatley, a senior running back and Stewart, a junior tight enddefensive end have been out with injuries for four weeks. 1

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  1. The Times,
  2. 25 Sep 2004, Sat,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 23

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