Benicia JV (7-0, 2-0) at American Canyon (4-3, 1-1) What There Coaches Said: Thumbnail sketch on the Panthers: AmCan head coach Ian MacMillan referred to Benicia as “well-coached.” The Panthers run various formations, including two running backs and an empty backfield. Benicia is balanced on offense and aggressive on defense, MacMillan added.
Wolves head coach Ian MacMillan says: “It will be a challenge for us defensively. We need to focus on our keys and each individual needs to do their job. On offense we need to block better. We need to take correct angles and steps. This will be a challenge this week, but I know our kids are up to it.” — Vince D’Adamo
Growing pains are common with first-year programs, but the term ‘painful’ would not even begin to describe the American Canyon High JV football team’s 47-44 loss to the unbeaten Benicia Panthers Friday evening.
The Wolves (4-4 overall, 1-2 Solano County Athletic Conference) appeared to have the game in the palm of their hand with a 44-27 lead in the fourth quarter.
But with 2:28 left in the contest, quarterback Ryan Bohnet (21 of 33 for 361 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions) threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Joey Deseve. The two-point conversion failed, making it 44-33.
Moments later, the Wolves fumbled and the Panthers converted that turnover into a 4-yard Nick Banut touchdown, followed by a Bohnet two-point conversion, making it 44-41 with 43.2 seconds remaining. Benicia then recovered the onside kick at the American Canyon 45, and with 7.4 seconds remaining, Bohnet completed a 26-yard scoring pass to Amonie Summerise.
“This definitely stings a little bit,” Wolves head coach Ian MacMillan said. “It’s about learning how to put the game away.”
For the first three quarters, the Wolves offense was a thing of beauty as AmCan’s scoring plays came from Jomon Dotson.
The freshman running back followed his 241-yard rushing effort from last week with 126 yards on 10 carries. Dotson scored three times on runs of 33, 4 and 19 yards. Derrick Hughes scored on a 60-yard run while Robert Wilkes added a 4-yard scoring run.
Wolves quarterback Justin Corpus also connected with Chris Seisay on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Defensively for the Wolves, Dotson, Wilkes and Jonathan Bade had tackles for lost yardage. Dotson and Seisay each intercepted passes while Dotson also blocked an extra point.
The game also featured numerous penalties on both ends. The Panthers were flagged 11 times for 77 yards while AmCan was penalized 10 times for 71 yards.
“It’s a learning process,” MacMillan said. “That’s what JV football is about. It’s about learning how to deal with different situations. This is one for us to learn from in terms of how to put the ball away and use clock management and not to lose our cool. We need to realize it is about us.”
Lol its a awesome article! Thats crazy to come back like that with 2:28 left aha.
Glad you read it.
we were winnin 6-0 with 4 minutes left in the fourth... they score... we go down the field... turnover on downs... they throw interception next play... we throw interception next play... they try to kick a fieldgoal WITH .05 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME....... *CLOCK OPERATORS ARE COCKSUCKERS* and the snapper misses HORRIBLY like 5ft above the guys head... he runs back and get its *hes on the 35 now* and runs around and scores... game over... we lose....
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