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BENSON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City allowed Benson to gain only 66 yards of total offense and Kent Whitcomb had two touchdown runs covering one yard each as the Falcons remained unbeaten by shutting out their new West Central South Conference rival 21-0 Friday.

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The Falcons (4-0, 6-0) scored their only points in the first quarter on a safety after they blocked a punt that went out of the end zone. After the ensuing free kick ACGC then put together a nine-play drive covering 35 yards that was capped by Whitcomb's first score.

Aided by Dominic Hopp completing his first six passes that covered 65 yards, ACGC, ranked third in Class AA, scored just before halftime to extend its lead to 16-0. Eric Peterson hauled in a 27-yard catch over the middle on a fourth-and-seven from the Benson 28 and Whitcomb followed with another score. Whitcomb piled up a game-high 67 yards on 18 carries.

The Braves (1-3, 2-4) had a chance to get on the board before halftime. Ben Vadnais recovered a fumble that ACGC coughed up on a punt return and Jesse Holm caught a 11-yard pass that put Benson into the red zone, but the Braves misfired on a 32-yard field goal attempt.

Hopp completed the scoring in the fourth quarter when he threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Pat Miller. Hopp finished completing seven of eight passes for 73 yards.

Michael Amor had two sacks and Peterson added 1½ more to lead a ACGC defense that allowed Benson to rush for only six yards.

Tony Holleman blocked the Falcons' first extra-point attempt and Scott Svingen was in on 14 tackles for Benson.

ACGC 21, Benson 0

ACGC (4-0, 6-0) 2 12 0 7 -- 21

Benson (1-3, 2-4) 0 0 0 0 -- 0

ACGC - Punt blocked out of end zone

ACGC - Kent Whitcomb 1 run (kick blocked)

ACGC - Whitcomb 1 run (run failed)

ACGC - Pat Miller 8 pass from Dominic Hopp (Josh Cunningham kick)

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Team statistics

First downs: 16 ... Rushing: 43-170 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-16-96-0 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 7-48

Individual statistics

Rushing: Kent Whitcomb 18-67, Micah Nordin 9-50, Dominic Hopp 8-24, Justin Schroeder 3-18 .... Passing: Hopp 7-8-73-0, Schroeder 2-7-23-0, Nordin 0-1-0-0 .... Receiving: Nordin 2-24, Eric Peterson 1-27, Schroeder 1-6, Miller 2-11, Ryne Bergstrom 1-5, Thomas Huisman 1-4, Josh Siegfried 1-19 .... Punting: E. Peterson 3-37.6 .... Interceptions: Nordin 1 .... Fumble recoveries: none .... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: Michael Amor 2, E. Peterson 1½, Nordin 1, Jared Peterson ½

Benson

Team statistics

First downs: 7 ... Rushing: 24-6 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 10-23-60-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 3-19

Individual statistics

Rushing: Jake Erickson 11-26 .... Passing: Michael Ahrndt 10-22-60-1, Erickson 0-1-0-0 .... Receiving: Daniel Fragodt 6-21, Jesse Holm 3-29, Aaron Hagen 1-10 .... Punting: Daniel Fragodt 5-30.8 .... Interceptions: none .... Fumble recoveries: Ben Vadnais 1, Eric Lee 1 .... Tackles (solo-assist): Scott Svingen 4-10, Jon Fahl 4-9, Tony Holleman 2-8, Erickson 1-9, Hagen 2-6, Fragodt 3-5, Vadnais 1-7 ... QB sacks: none

NEXT -- ACGC: Friday, home vs. Paynesville ... Benson: Friday at YME

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