KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It appeared Benton had a chance to play a contested game with Winnetonka for a few moments Friday night.
Mistakes through the second and third quarters countered two early Cardinal touchdowns, leading to a 47-20 loss on the road Friday.
“There were a lot of things they got in there,” Benton coach Kevin Keeton said. “Once we settled down, we were two scores within, and kind of stalled out on the goal line.
Benton had the game within two points late in the second quarter following a 74-yard touchdown screen from senior Caden Stone to junior Garrison Dydell. The Cardinals gave up a touchdown right after, and turned the ball over on downs twice on its next two possessions.
Each of Benton’s three touchdowns were through the air with the help of Stone. Stone’s favorite target was senior Chol Ater, who he connected with twice in the end zone.
Keeton spoke high of Stone’s performance, alongside targets Ater and Dydell.
“Five (Ater) is a pretty good football player. One (Dydell) is a good football player. Our quarterback (Stone) threw the ball as good as he has thrown his entire career,” Keeton said. “There were really some good things to build off of.”
Winnetonka scored the first two touchdowns of the game on back-to back possessions. The first started on a 9-yard slant pass from Satterwhite to Triplett.
A pooched kck caught Benton off guard right after, resulting the Griffins retaking possession in Cardinal territory.
Satterwhite ran the ball in from 16 yards out, giving Winnetonka a 15-0 lead.
The Cardinals slowly moved up field by keeping the ball on the ground before switching guard to the air.
It ended with a 25-yard pass from Stone to Ater. Benton responded on its next drive, as Stone hit Garrison Dydell on a 74-yard screen to crawl within 15-13.
It was the Cardinals’ last touchdown until the fourth-quarter, when Stone hit Ater on a 12-yard connection.
“The kids showed a lot of fight,” Keeton said. “There’s so many positive things to build off here. We’re going to keep chopping wood, we’re going to fix some things.”
Benton looks to show improvement next Friday as it hosts Excelsior Springs at 7 p.m. The Cardinals will be looking for the third win under Keeton.
“This is a good football team,” Keeton said. “This is a football team that really has an opportunity to turn things around for us.”