By Sean McQuilkin
The American Canyon High School Wolves defeated the Benicia High School Panthers by a score of 41-7 on Friday night. As the score indicates, the game was never close. American Canyon returned the opening kickoff all the way down to the 6 yard line and never looked back.
A.C. capitalized and their great opening field position with a quick 6 yard run by Quarterback Lavar Seay (12) to make the lead 7-0. After Benicia could not answer, A.C. pushed the lead to 13-0 after the first of three scores by Running back Eddie Byrdsong (11), this one for 18 yards. Benicia then could not answer again, but pinned the Wolves deep in their own territory after a punt. This change in field position would not last long, as Quarterback Lavar Seay would take a 92 yard stroll to the end zone untouched to put American Canyon up 20-0. The Wolves would once again extend their lead, this time with a 1 yard run by Eddie Byrdsong, pushing the lead to 27-0 with over 6 minutes left before halftime. Byrdsong would finish his night with another touchdown from a yard out to finally stop the Wolves scoring for the first half. American Canyon lead 34-0 going to the break, and had 354 yards rushing in the first half alone. Benicia only gained 71 yards total in the first half, a little more than the amount yards American Canyon would rush for on their last touchdown carry, a 68 yarder. Benicia would finally score in the 4th quarter, with Kameron Lane (10) throwing a 8 yard touchdown pass to Braeden Lavezzo (12) to make the final score an undesirable 41-7.
The story of this game was American Canyon’s three headed monster of Seay, Byrdsong, and Aalona. Seay finished the game with an astounding 241 yards on just 6 carries, and half of those carries went for touchdowns. Running back Eddie Byrdsong finished with 98 yards, but also scored three times for the Wolves. Running back/ kick returner Kama Aalona (12) finished the game with 110 yards on 6 carries, and his kick returns set the Wolves up with great field position. Benicia’s Kameron Lane finished with 145 yards while completing 10 of 26 passes, but finished with negative rushing yards. American Canyon finishes the last season of the SCAC with an outright championship, finishing 4-0 in the conference. Benicia finishes third in the league with a 2-2 record, while Vanden rounds out the top 3 with a 3-1 record in league. All three schools can look ahead to next week for their respective playoff games.