Savannah rallies past St. Joseph Benton

By The Examiner staff
Posted: September 19, 2014 - 9:43 PM



After the opening drive, Savannah looked to be headed for a long night.

Quarterback Clayton McGinness had different plans, however.

The senior blew past the Cardinals' defense on the way to a 47-31 Savages victory to end a two-game skid Friday night at Sparks Field. McGinness rushed for a game-high 212 yards on 16 carries -- during a game where Savannah amassed 411 yards rushing -- and delivered the game-clinching score on a 44-yard dash with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left.

"Once we got the running established, I feel like we just kind of got on a roll, and after that we kept going. We had a couple slowdowns with turnovers, but I think we bounced back after that and took care of business," McGinness said. "We stepped up and made big plays when it counted."

A two-way player, McGinness watched Benton take an early lead first-handed as the Cardinals went 84 yards on 10 plays. Sophomore wideout Devon Burton, who led all pass-catchers with eight receptions for 106 yards, finished the near-5-minute drive with a 17-yard reverse. Benton completed three third-down conversions on the drive, including two 13-yard passes to Burton.

The sophomore's score put the Cardinals ahead 7-0 with 7:46 left in the opening quarter. That's when the Savages took over.

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