Benjamin rushes to inaugural SFC championship
Saturday, November 17, 2012
by Steve Dorsey
Benjamin coach Ron Ream is in his fourth decade of coaching and he's won plenty of big games during his Palm Beach County Hall of Fame career. But the victory the Buccaneers handed him Saturday night definitely ranks among his fondest.
Benjamin defeated Pine Crest 41-20 at FAU Stadium to capture the inaugural championship game of the Southeastern Football Conference, a league of 14 small private schools in South Florida that formed this year.
"We wanted to be part of something better," Ream said after he was handed the championship trophy by his players. "It's a great honor. It was a fun, fun night."
Benjamin's punishing running game simply was too much for Pine Crest to contain. The Bucs, who finished with an 11-1 record, rushed for 381 yards and registered 22 first downs while executing a power running game to perfection.
"Our running backs ran hard and our linemen opened holes," Ream said.
Junior running back McKenna Johnston had a spectacular game, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. His backfield mate, senior Drew Spragg, chipped in with 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Benjamin set the tone of the game on its first possession when the Bucs drove 80 yards, with Johnston scoring from the 1. Pine Crest tied the game midway through the first quarter, but Spragg broke loose for a 78-yard touchdown run and Johnston added a 15-yard scoring run to give Benjamin a 21-7 lead at halftime.
A 59-yard touchdown run by Pine Crest's Kalvin Cline pulled the Panthers to within a touchdown early in the third quarter, but touchdown runs by Spragg and James Theofilos and a touchdown pass from Cooper Hopkins to Ross Sanford sealed the victory for the Bucs.