Bengals win season opener 46-0
September 25, 2013
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Sept. 25, 2013) -- After beating the Clubview Bulldogs in the annual Columbus Youth Football League jamboree Sept. 14, the Fort Benning Bengals picked up where it left off Saturday by trouncing the South Columbus Raiders 46-0 at Rigdon Field in its season opener.
Jarod Wilson scored three touchdowns for the Bengals in the first half and five different players contributed on touchdowns and extra points in the win.
In the Bengals' first possession, Dishaun Woods led the Bengals on a two-play drive on runs of 32 and 18 yard for the game's first touchdown. Dishaun passed to Trae McCray for the one-point conversion and the Bengals led 7-0.
The Bengals defense held on the Raiders' first possession and forced a punt, and on the first play of the ensuing drive, scored on a 27-yard run by Wilson with 6:01 left in the first quarter.
On its next possession, the Bengals drove the ball from its own 35-yard line down to the 10, where Alejandro Villanueva connected on a pass to Kyan Woods for a Bengals' touchdown. Jarod converted the extra point and the Bengals led 20-0.
Jarod scored twice more in the second quarter, scoring on a 41-yard touchdown run and later in the quarter on a 25-yard run to put the Bengals up 32-0.
In the fourth quarter, Elijah Moffett extended the Bengals lead to 38-0 on a 10-yard touchdown run with 5:50 remaining in the game. Dishaun added his second score of the game and the Bengals converted an extra point to round out the scoring and secured the win, 46-0.
"The team played a lot better this week," coach Travis Washington said. "I think they learned a lot from the previous week."
Washington said with the lopsided score, he got to play a lot more of his players, who gained valuable experience.
"Our second string really stepped up," he said. "They were a lot less confused. And, the defense played a lot better."
The defense, Washington said, didn't allow the Raiders offense to pass its own 45-yard line.
"Our defense had a dominating performance," he said. "We are the best defense, by far, in the entire league."
Washington said not only did the players stepped up, but so did the coaching staff -- by going back to the basics, which slowed everything down for the players and allowed them to play more confidently.
The Bengals will have two games this week, with the first game Thursday against the Clubview Bulldogs at 7 p.m. at Lakebottom and the Northeast Packers at 10 a.m. Saturday.