Nate Jackson latches onto Benton’s Peyton Swigonski in a 42-0 loss Friday night.

A fan’s worst fears were borne out Friday night as Benton rolled into town bringing a high-powered offense and a strong defense with them for Massac County’s home opener.

They faced a Patriot team that is still searching for an identity.

After scoring twice in the season opener against Harrisburg, the Pats were shut out at Herrin and facing, arguably, the best team in the conference, it had the makings of a rout.

Benton wasted no time as they scored twice in the first quarter with a mix of running plays and passes. Both extra points were good, and the Rangers led 14-0.

If that weren’t enough, they put up three more scores in the second quarter and sealed the deal with a 35-0 halftime lead.

Against a big, agile defense, Massac just couldn’t move the ball, and with junior quarterback Keegan Glover at the helm and senior running back Payton Swigonski in the back field, the Rangers piled up almost 500 yards of total offense.

While there just weren’t many highlights for Massac in the 42-0 loss, senior Jody Dumpprope and junior Max Bremer continue to impress.

Spring break brings Massac County a chance to take care of the bumps and bruises incurred and prepare for a road game against Nashville next Friday, April 16.

The Hornets feature a high-powered offense and suffered their first loss of the season in their last game against Breese Mater Dei.

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