Savannah pounds St. Joe Benton

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 27, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Dalton Duane pieced together his best outing as Savannah’s starting quarterback.

The Savages senior threw four first-half touchdowns — his previous career-high was a pair of two-touchdown outings — and efficiently ran the option offense to spur a 47-26 victory over Benton Friday night at Savage Field.

Savannah’s third straight Midland Empire Conference was pretty much locked up by halftime, thanks to a 40-6 lead.

Duane threw for touchdowns on three of his first five completions and Savannah built a 19-0 lead after the first eight minutes.

“It just kind of happened, if it wasn’t for up front, I wouldn’t have gotten the passes off,” said Daune, who passed for 157 yards and ran for another 127. “Like I said, at the beginning of the year, our receivers are powerful. I’m not shocked.”

Benton (0-5, 0-3 MEC) fumbled the opening kickoff and Savannah (4-1, 3-0) needed five plays to score after taking over on the Cardinals’ 28-yard line, with Daune hitting Jesse Dickens for an 11-yard score. On the Savages’ second possession, the first-year starting quarterback needed only four plays to rack up another touchdown.

Duane hit Chase Simpson for a 35-yard gainer, before keeping the ball on an option keeper and dashing 39 yards to move to Benton’s 15-yard line. One play later, Dickens outjumped D’Angelo Ross at the goal line for a score.

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