By Sean McQuilkin
Benicia high mauled the Armijo Indians on Friday night, winning 30-6. Panthers dominated from the beginning, forcing a safety on the Indians first possession, leading to an early 2-0 lead.
After the free kick from Armijo, the Panthers drove down the field, and scored their first touchdown on the field on a four yard touchdown run by Aaron Jenkins (11) to push the lead to 9-0 after the successful extra point by Aidan Stanhope (11). That closed the scoring for the first quarter and for most of the second quarter. Benicia forced two turnovers, an interception and a fumble, but could only capitalize on the fumble. That drive the Panthers scored on a 10 yard scramble from Kameron Lane (10) to push the lead to 16-0, which would remain until halftime.
Through the first half Armijo could only muster 53 yards in the first half, compared to the last Benicia drive, which was 52 yards on its own. In the second half, the scoring opened with Jenkins’ second running touchdown, with this one coming from 23 yards out to push the score to 23-0. The lead extended to 30-0 when Jenkins scored his third touchdown of the night, this time on a 22 yard pass from Lane. The Indians finally scored with 4:07 to go in the fourth quarter, and did not convert the extra point attempt, leaving a final score of 30-6.
Kameron Lane finished the night 10 for 19 for 157 yards with a rushing and passing touchdown. Aaron Jenkins finished with 14 rushes for 113 yards and three catches for 43 yards. He finished with a two rushing and a receiving touchdown. Nick Bustamante (12) had an interception that was returned 27 yards.