Benton picked up one more district in Class 3A football action Friday, Oct. 8, when they battled No. 12 Davenport Assumption (4-3), in Van Horne.
Colin Buch was 8 of 15 for passes for 129 yards and one touchdown. That was an 11-yard strike to Aiden Harris.
Buch also rushed nine times for 54 yards and one touchdown. Jacob Brecht ran 32 times for 190 yards and a touchdown, including a 50-yard scoring run. The team rushed for 237 yards.
Sam Wallace had two catches for five yards. Aidan Gallery had one catch. Aidan Thompson had one catch for 14 yards. Aiden Harris had two catches for 46 yards. Will Shaw had two catches for 64 yards.
Brecht had eight total tackles. Mason Dellamuth added 5.5 and Kyler Mahan had five. Brecht had seven solo tackles. Will Shaw had one sack.
Assumption had three fumbles. Recovering the fumbles were Aidan Thompson, Ethan Hudson and Brennen Blegen. Brecht had one interception with a return of 18 yards. He also had a kickoff return for 24 yards. Bjorn Sunesen had three kickoffs for 175 yards and two touchbacks. Nathan Rottman was 3 for 3 on extra point kicks. Buch punted six times for 195 yards.
Assumption passed for 70 yards and ran for 162 yards.
Co-head coach Jeff Zittergruen commented, ” Our guys did a great job executing against Assumption, both offensively and defensively. We knew the game was going to be a physical grind and our guys never flinched throughout the whole night. Our line did a great job of opening up some running lanes and Jacob Brecht ran the ball extremely hard. In the passing game, we were able to take advantage of some big plays in play action. Defensively we were very opportunistic in creating turnovers. When we have been successful this year, usually it is because we have won the turnover battle.
“Next week’s game at Maquoketa will be another test because they are the first team we really have played this year that is really a pass-heavy offense. We will have to make some adjustments defensively to make sure we are able to protect against the pass. And then like any time you go on the road, we need to be workman-like offensively and take care of the football.”
Benton is now ranked 12th in the MaxPreps 3A rankings.
Benton (6-1) travels to Maquoketa (0-7) on Friday, Oct. 15. The regular season ends Oct. 22, after Benton hosts No. 21 Central DeWitt (5-2).
DA 3 0 0 0 – 3 BC 0 14 2 7 – 23
Class 3A District 4
Oct. 8, 2021
Benton 23, Assumption 3
Mount Vernon 41, Maquoketa 7
Central DeWitt 14, Vinton-Shellsburg 7
Oct. 15, 2021
Mount Vernon at Central DeWitt
Benton at Maquoketa
Oct. 22, 2021
Central DeWitt at Benton
Assumption at Maquoketa
Vinton-Shellsburg at Mount Vernon
Overall and district record Benton 6-1 3-0 Central DeWitt 5-2 2-1 Assumption 4-3 2-1 Mount Vernon 4-3 1-2 Vinton-Shellsburg 2-5 1-2 Maquoketa 0-7 0-3