Savannah tops Benton for first win

By John Zetmeir News-Press Now
Posted: September 15, 2017 - 10:49 PM

The plan for Savannah was simple on Friday night against Benton.

Play fast and run the ball.

That is exactly what it did and met no resistance from Benton in the process. Savannah ran for more than 400 yards to earn its first win of the season by topping Benton 53-0.

“We didn’t execute, didn’t play well at all,” Benton coach Ben Glidewell said. “Hats off to Savannah, hats off to (Savannah coach Randy) Schrader. They were more prepared, they played harder, they kicked our butt.”

Benton was without starting quarterback Cooper Burton following an injury.

“With the injury to their quarterback coming in, that is tough for them,” Schrader said. “We were just kind of able to do some of the things that we wanted to do.”

Savannah started fast by scoring on its first two drives off the half. Junior running back Titan Irvine put his team up with his first touchdown of the day midway through the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Chase Spoonemore followed with a 76-yard touchdown run on the following possession.

Spoonemore broke off a 51-yard run on the following possession, which set up Irvine for his second score of the day.

Things went from bad to worse late in the second quarter when Savannah found the end zone two more times. The Savages marched into halftime with a 35-0 lead.

“We did a lot of hard work at practice,” Spoonemore said. “Our (offensive line) stepped up, they really did. We had a few injuries but the young kids stepped up and they played well.”

With a running clock in the second half, Savannah forced two safeties and found the end zone two more times to finish the night.

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