VAN HORNE — A stiff south wind welcomed Benton Community as it took the field Friday night.
That proved to be just a whisper compared to the Bobcats air attack. Benton Community racked up 138 yards through the air to down Class 1A No. 5 Cascade, 30-12.
“We’re used to being the underdog,” Bobcat quarterback Clayton Krousie said. “We actually appreciate it and use it to our advantage.”
Krousie connected with five different receivers, but none more so than Nathan Michels. The 6-foot-4 senior grabbed six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s a tall basketball player,” Krousie said. “You just have to throw him a jump ball and he’ll get the job done.”
That was apparent on a third-quarter Bobcats touchdown. Krousie launched a fade pass to the corner of the Cougars end zone and Michels came down with it to put Benton Community ahead, 21-12.
“Clayton is a solid young quarterback,” Benton Coach Kal Goodchild said. “He’s still learning, still growing. But he cares and he wants to do well, so that’s a good start.”
The Bobcats controlled the momentum early on, sprinting to a 14-0 lead behind a pair of Matthew Davis touchdowns. Davis finished with 151 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.
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“We had some nice stuff going on up front,” Goodchild said. “We opened some great holes for him, and he’s physical on top of that. You get that combination and you’re going to make some yards.”
Cascade answered with two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 53-yard run by quarterback Haris Hoffman to make the halftime score, 14-12.
The Bobcats defense forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone that resulted in safety in the fourth.