Yellowjackets eke out win against Panthers

SHERIDAN — Fourteen first quarter points and a field goal in the third was all the scoring Sheridan could muster against Benton.

But it was enough to hold off the Panthers and claim a 17-14 win to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Yellowjackets (2-5, 1-2 in 7A/6A-South) have also won five of the last six meeting against the Panthers (2-5, 1-2).

Braden Lunday got Sheridan on the board with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run, his only score of the game. Lunday finished the game with 89 yards rushing on 19 carries.

Benton tied the game almost 3 minutes later as Wallace Foote scored on an 18-yard run. Foote was able to gain 96 yards on 18 carries in the game and caught six passes for 60 yards, but it was a far cry from the 216 yards and four touchdowns he had the week before in Benton’s win.

Sheridan took a 14-7 lead with 3 seconds left in the first quarter on quarterback Dylan Flores’ 1-yard run. Flores rushed for 20 yards on 12 carries and passed for 157 yards as he completed 15 of his 25 passes.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter and for much of the third quarter until Micah Parker hit a 42-yard field goal, which ended up being the game-winning score.

Benton cut Sheridan’s lead with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter on touchdown pass, but Sheridan was able to hold on for the victory.

Tyler Raney led Sheridan’s receivers with eight receptions for 117 yards. Ryan King had an interception for the Yellowjackets.

The totals for both teams were almost identical as Benton had 291 total yards on 58 plays and Sheridan had 266 on 56 plays. Both teams rushed for 109 yards and while Benton passed for more yards.

Sheridan was 4-for-12 on third down conversions and Benton was 3-for-12, and the Yellowjackets held an advantage in time of possession as they had the ball for 26:29. Benton held onto the ball for 21:31.

Sheridan plays at Bryant next Friday.