Panthers Slaughter Redhawks in First Homecoming Game in New Stadium

    The Panthers of Benicia (6-2, 2-1 SCAC) defeated the Redhawks of Vallejo (3-5, 1-2 SCAC) by a score of 42-28. In doing so, Benicia celebrated its first Homecoming win in the new Drolette Stadium.

   The game started slowly, with the score being only 7-0 through the first quarter, with the only score coming on a 3-yard quarterback keeper from Kameron Lane (10) to put Benicia up 7-0. On the first play of the second quarter, Benicia pushed the lead to 14-0 on a 21-yard pass from Kameron Lane to Elijah Harris (11). A little over 4 minutes later, Lane threw another touchdown pass, this time to his older brother Jalen Lane (12) for a 42-yard touchdown, pushing the score to 21-0. However, Vallejo drove down the field before halftime to narrow the lead to 21-7, thanks to  a 1-yard quarterback sneak. On the ensuing kickoff, Benicia fumbled and Vallejo recovered, and capitalized on their good field position with an 18-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-14.

    After halftime, Benicia drove right down the field, and Jalen Lane scored his second touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run to once again push the lead to two touchdowns. That closed the scoring for the third quarter.

    Benicia added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter: a second rushing touchdown from QB Kameron Lane, and a rushing touchdown from Koe Alava (12). Vallejo fought back with two touchdowns of their own, but could not complete the comeback, making the final score 42-28.

    Benicia improved its record to 6-2, and 2-1 in SCAC play, setting up a battle with American Canyon (5-3, 3-0 SCAC) to decide the league championship. Vallejo is eliminated from playoff contention due to the head to head loss with Benicia. Quarterback Kameron Lane finished with 157 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and two on the ground. Running back Aaron Jenkins finished the game with 109 rushing yards on 19 carries.

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