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Prep Football: Rangers open playoffs with fifth shutout of season

  • Benton's Patrick Stanley brings down Piasa Southwestern QB Quinten Strohbeck during Saturday's IHSA Class 3A Playoff game at Tabor Field.

    Benton's Patrick Stanley brings down Piasa Southwestern QB Quinten Strohbeck during Saturday's IHSA Class 3A Playoff game at Tabor Field.
    CHRIS KAYS | For The News

 
By Geary Deniston
Contributing Writer
updated: 11/3/2021 7:58 AM

Benton opened the IHSA 3A football playoffs at home with their fifth shutout of the season beating Southwestern, 42-0, at Tabor Field Saturday afternoon.
"We shut them down, we stopped them and had a shutout despite subbing our entire defense in the second half," said Benton coach Justin Groves. "We won the turnover battle with three turnovers and played really good special teams. We ran only 32 plays and scored 42 points, so I think we did pretty well offensively. We won in all three phases."
Benton (10-0) will stay at home to host Monticello (8-2) in the second round Saturday at 2 p.m. The Sages limped into the playoffs losing two of their last three games, but beat Greenville at home, 42-7, to advance.
"We came out healthy, which is always a big thing this time of year," Groves said. "It will be another good week of practice starting with film study the first 48 hours to try to get a read on what is a very good team coming to town. They won a state title in 2019 and their coach has won several titles. They are only a few plays away from being 10-0, so we are lucky to be at home."
The Rangers out-gained the Piasa Birds, 228-96, despite running just 32 plays the entire game compared to 40 for Southwestern. Keegan Glover may have only attempted eight passes, but he completed seven for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Reid Baumgarte caught one pass for a 46-yard touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter and Isaiah Ward caught one pass for a 16-yard touchdown with 9:08 left in the third quarter.
"Baumgarte's touchdown was a little screen pass on which he made about seven people miss on an electric play he took to the house," Groves said.
Wyatt Upton led the Rangers in rushing with 69 yards on nine carries and an 11-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in the second quarter.
Glover was the second leading rusher with just 20 yards on seven attempts, but the senior scored two touchdowns on a one-yard run with five minutes left in the first quarter and another one-yard run with 3:20 left in the second.
Glover also scored a third touchdown returning the third quarter kickoff for 75 yards.
"We led 28-0 at the half and they wanted the ball to start the game, so we kicked off to us to start the second half," Groves said. "I told them 'you go down the field and score we'll put this thing out of reach for them'. They kicked off to Wyatt Upton and he lateraled it back to Keegan Glover and he went 75 yards to the house."
The Piasa Birds were held to just 16 yards rushing on 28 attempts for 0.6 yards a carry and 88 yards through the air on 6-of-12 passes. Kaleb Vaughn had one interception that led to Glover's first touchdown run and defensive end Patrick Stanley finished with two sacks.

Benton 42, Southwestern 0
Southwestern 0 0 0 0 - 0
Benton 14 14 14 0 - 42

Team Stats:
First Downs: SW: 8, BEN: 10. Penalties-Yards: SW: 6-50, BEN: 7-80. Fumbles-Lost: SW: 2-2, BEN: 0-0.
Individual Stats:
RUSHING: SW-Gavin Day 9-22, Jacob Fisher 4-10, Quinten Strohbeck 9-4, Blake Funk 6-(-20). BEN-Wyatt Upton 9-69-1TD, Keegan Glover 7-20-2TD, Jacob Kinsman 3-5, Landon Bolen 4-1.
PASSING: SW-Quinten Strohbeck 6-12-1int-80-0TD. BEN-Keegan Glover 7-8-1int-133-2TD.
RECEIVING: SW-Blake Funk 2-34, Gavin Day 2-30, Hunter Newell 1-10, Jacob Fisher 1-6. BEN-Zach Howell 3-26, Reid Baumgarte 1-46-1TD, Wyatt Upton 1-25, Landon Bolen 1-20, Isaiah Ward 1-16-1TD.