ACGC routs Braves on Homecoming

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Will Enderson (left) tries to bring down ACGC quarterback Michael Trebil as Sam Grussing (53) and Alden Syltie (77) come up to help out.  ACGC scored 34 points in the second half to claim a 54-19 victory.

The Benson football team gave up 34 points in the third quarter to turn a close 20-0 game into a 54-12 lead for ACGC as the Falcons went on to claim a 54-19 victory over the Braves during the 2018 Homecoming football game.

The Falcons piled up 504 yards of offense and ran 85 plays during the game using their quick-fire offense.  Benson meanwhile, had just 119 total yards on only 41 plays from scrimmage as the Braves managed just one first down and 14 net yards in the first half alone.

Benson did have four very exciting plays during the game.  Matt Goossen made an acrobatic interception early in the game for only the Braves’ second interception of the season; Matt Tolifson hauled in a 61-yard bomb from Will Enderson for Benson’s first score, only six seconds after ACGC had gone up 34-0; Tolifson came back less than two minutes later and returned a kickoff 84 yards to cut the ACGC lead to 40-12; and Hunter Gonnerman made a tremendous catch for a 26-yard touchdown from Enderson for the final score of the game with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter.

The 61-yard bomb and 26-yard touchdown pass accounted for 87 yards of Benson’s 119 yards of total offense as ACGC basically shut down the Braves’ offense the entire game.

“ACGC was a very athletic and talented football team, despite their record of 3-3 record,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “Their QB (Michael Trebil), who was injured to start the season, did an excellent job of running their shotgun read offense.  He finished with 148 rushing yards and also did an excellent job of moving in the pocket and getting outside of our rush to throw for 184 yards.”

Benson fell to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the sub-district with the loss.  The Braves have their best chance at a win this week at home against the 1-5 Montevideo Thunderhawks.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., Friday on Brock Field.  It will also be Senior Night and the battle for Lil’ Gold Jug.  Montevideo currently leads the Lil’ Gold Jug series, 10-6, after winning the last five games.

“This will be our Senior Night, as well as our  Breast Cancer Awareness Night,” coach Gonnerman said.  “After the game, fans can go out onto Brock Field for a Team Poster Give-Away and get autographs of their favorite Braves players.  Montevideo is a Class AAA school, so this game is big for our seeding in Section 5AA.  

“The Thunder Hawks like to use the play action pass, usually into the flats, on offense and defensively, Montevideo usually plays a 44 Cover 3 or Cover 1 Free.  We expect them to blitz us, since they will have seen our game vs ACGC on film exchange.”

The Braves are set to conclude the regular-season at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Minnewaska Area High School.  And, if things go as anticipated, those same two teams would meet back at Minnewaska Area for the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23...


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Pictured: Will Enderson (left) tries to bring down ACGC quarterback Michael Trebil as Sam Grussing (53) and Alden Syltie (77) come up to help out.  ACGC scored 34 points in the second half to claim a 54-19 victory.


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