It’s been a while since the Wilcox Cowboys won the Senny Roman Trophy, to say the least.
On Friday night, everything changed.
Wilcox hasn’t beaten Benson since 2011. The Cowboys are on a 10-game losing streak in the series. Much of the former team’s frustration was released when the Cowboys beat him 56-25 over the Bobcats at Benson on Friday night.
Cowboy attacks were primarily on the ground.senior citizen Aiden Fuentes When Christian Pando Dominated the ball, accounting for virtually every Cowboy score.
Pando kicked things off on the first drive of the game, setting the tone early, running down the field and scoring from six yards out to make it 7–0.
Benson’s attack took the field and it didn’t take long to answer.Senior Aiden Finch It was the primary target for scoring drives that ended with a 15-yard pass from the quarterback. Dalton Crockett Made it 7-6 to him through a Cowboy defender after a failed PAT.
Pando scored again to make it 14–6. Each team’s turnover temporarily halted scoring until Crockett returned to Finch for another touchdown, making it 14–12 after a failed two-point conversion.
Wilcox head coach Eric Hjalmerson admitted he was surprised by the new-looking Benson offense, an offense with more passing than in previous years.
“Yes, we made some adjustments…I thought they would run the ball a little more, but we were ready,” he said.
With 8:55 remaining in the second quarter, the game looked like it had all the makings of a back and forth contest, but it was as close as it could get.
Pando and Fuentes alternated big runs for touchdowns and quickly made it 26-12. And with 35 seconds left in the first half, Fuentes scored in another spine-chilling long run to make it 33-12 at the half.
A great running game starts with players ahead of time. Hjalmarson praised his offensive line after his dominant performance.
“Our offensive line is small, but we are going after it,” said Hjalmersson. “Our coaching staff is working well and so far everything is going well.”
Benson received the second-half kickoff, and after a three-and-out, Pando returned a short punt from around the 50-yard line for another touchdown, making it 39–12.
Benson responded with a long touchdown drive, resulting in Colton Tyra Rushing for a touchdown made it 39-19 midway through the third quarter, but Fuentes made his first Cowboys play after kickoff from scrimmage into the end zone and ran over 60 yards to take the game to 46-19. Did.
Benson hopes to recover when he travels to Bisbee next week (1-1).
Wilcox look to keep the momentum going after a 32-14 win at home to Tombstone on Friday night as they visit Sequoia Pathway and look to move to 3-0.
Hjalmarson conceded the level of opponents on the horizon.
“You know, we played a tough game. Sequoia Pathway is good, Morenci is obviously very good and Pima is real,” he said.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com Writing Intern Harrison Moreno A native of Southern Arizona, he’s been watching Wildcat Athletic since he was a little kid.