BOLD handles Braves with ease during 78-8 thrashing in Olivia

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The yards were hard to come by Friday night at Olivia as evidenced by Hunter Gonnerman’s short gain above against the tough BOLD defense.  The Warriors, ranked first in state, led 62-0 at halftime on the way to the 78-8 win.

The Benson football team ran into the state’s top-ranked Class AA football team, Friday night, and the result was a 78-8 thumping at the hands of the BOLD Warriors in a game played at Olivia.

BOLD, which improved to 5-0 overall, didn’t score its first touchdown until 4:47 had elapsed in the game, but the Warriors went on to score 62 points over the final 19:13 of the first half to go into halftime with a 62-0 lead and then scored the first touchdown of the second half to build its lead to 70-0.

Hurting the Braves were seven total turnovers (three fumbles and four interceptions).  Benson had just one turnover (interception) over the first three games, but has 10 turnovers (three fumbles and seven interceptions) in the last two games combined.

“Committing way too many turnovers, which is very uncharacteristic for us, was a key factor in the lop-sided score,” Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman said.  “We had 3 fumbles and 4 interceptions during the game, most occurring in the first half.  The turnovers allowed for great field position for BOLD and also made our defense be on the field too long.  We need to have better ball security and do a better job of reading where the free safeties are on the field.”

The 78 points allowed is a dubious school record for the Braves, surpassing the 68 points BOLD scored during a 68-0 victory over the Braves one year earlier during Benson’s Homecoming.

The Braves have their best two chances at securing their first win of the season the next two weeks.  This Friday, Benson is set to host ACGC (2-3) at 7 p.m. on Brock Field for BHS Homecoming and the following Friday, Oct. 12, Benson is set to host Montevideo (1-4) for the annual battle for the Lil’ Gold Jug and Senior Night...

 

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Pictured: The yards were hard to come by Friday night at Olivia as evidenced by Hunter Gonnerman’s short gain above against the tough BOLD defense.  The Warriors, ranked first in state, led 62-0 at halftime on the way to the 78-8 win.
 

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