Benedictine turns a 7-7 tie into a 42-13 Booster Stadium victory

Keshawn Morgan (#6) takes on John Wesley Kennedy (#12)

The Benedictine Cadets have been through quite a bit since they beat Bryan County 48-20 on September 30. Hurricane Matthew disrupted their home and school life, but not their ability to execute on the football field. After the Toombs County Bulldogs tied the Cadets at 7-all on a Keshawn Morgan run with 8:05 to play in the second quarter, Benedictine ran off 35 straight points in a 42-13 win.

The site of the game was changed on Monday, from Savannah to Lyons due to the hurricane. So, the Cadets homecoming game turned into a road victory for the undefeated number one team in AA. Benedictine is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Region 2 while the Bulldogs fell to 5-2 and 3-1.

In other Region 2 week four action Vidalia beat Jeff Davis 42-7, Swainsboro edged Bacon County 30-29 and on Saturday morning Meter defeated Bryan County 16-10.

Region 2 Standings
Benedcitine 4-0
Toombs County 3-1
Vidalia 3-1
Swainsboro 2-2
Bryan County 1-3
Bacon County 1-3
Jeff Davis 1-3
Metter 1-3

Jeidon Sistrunk takes a hand off from Dalton McBride
Jiimmy Edwards catches a pass and picks up a first down
The fight for yardage in the red zone was fierce
The Bulldogs tie the number one AA team in Georgia in the second quarter

The Cadets opened the game by grinding out three first downs on the ground and then junior quarterback Nick Iannone threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to a wide open John Wesley Kennedy. The Bulldogs countered by driving 67 yards. Running back Jeidon Sistrunk pounded the ball though the Cadet defense with several determined runs setting up a 10-yard run into the north end zone by Morgan.

Combined Morgan and Sistrunk ran for 129 yards against the Benedictine defense. Sistrunk had 65 on 15 carries and Morgan 64 on 12, Keshawn has 1,252 yards in seven games and is averaging 179 per game.

The home side was packed for the big Region 2 game
Keshawn Morgan runs for a Dawg first down
Jimmy Edwards (#27) and Willie Campbell (#51) open up a hole for Keshawn Morgan

Benedictine scored two more first half touchdowns in the final seven minutes to take a 21-7 lead at half. Tylek Collins raced away on a 63-yard run with 6:55 remaining in the second quarter.

Iannone and Kennedy teamed up on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 3:52 to play in the third quarter to give the Cadets a 28-7 lead. Kennedy scored his third and final TD on a 14-yard run with 8:55 to go in the fourth quarter and Collins slipped free and scored on an 87 yard run with 4:15 to  play in the game to up the Cadet lead to 42-7.

The Bulldog offensive line battles the Cadets
The Bulldogs block for Jeidon Sistrunk
The Cadet defense chases Jeidon Sistrunk
The Cadet defense chases Jeidon Sistrunk

Quarterback Dalton McBride threw a 65-yard pass to Tivean Ashley and the senior caught the ball at the Cadet 43 and broke away scoring the final touchdown of the game with 2:25 to play.

Lane Adams averaged 40.2 yards per punt
The Bulldogs down a 38-yard Lane Adams punt at the Cadet 24

Senior Lane Adams punted five times for 201 yards allowing only four yards in returns. He averaged 40.2 yards and placed two punts inside the 15. His first punt traveled 41 yards and was downed at the Cadet 14. His second boot went 47 yards to the Benedictine 13. Lane also punted 38 yards to the Cadet 24 and 31 yards to the 31 for a fair catch. His final punt was 44-yard drive down to the Benedictine 22. There was a four-yard return, but also a Cadet penalty which moved the ball back to the 10.

In addition to the game the Bulldog fans got to see a beautiful sunset