The Warriors end non-league play at 4-0 after a 49-6 blowout of Benson
PORTLAND - Things just keep getting better for the Aloha football team.
The Warriors extended their season-opening winning streak to four games on Friday when they pounded Benson 49-6 at Lincoln High School, and while all of that means exactly nothing when Metro League play starts on Oct. 6, it's a heck of a lot better than the alternative.
'It's good to be 4-0,' said Warriors' coach Chris Casey. 'We've just got to keep doing the things that got us here.'
The Warriors' victory marked their sixth straight win, seventh in their last eight games and 10th in the past 15 tries.
Aloha had all its gears turning Friday night against Benson, grabbing a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Mike Shoun's 1-yard run, then putting the game away early with a 29-point second quarter. In that period, Shelton scored again on a 15-yard pass from Eric Whitley, and Jude Graves added three more TDs from the running game. Graves, en route to 127 yards on eight carries, scored on runs of 30, 6 and 40 yards in the period.
'The big thing was we don't play to the level of our opponent,' Casey said. 'That's a sign of maturity.'
Casey also praised the efforts of kicker Thomas Southwick, who connected on all five of his extra point attempts and knocked two of his kickoffs into the opposing end zone.
'He did a great job kicking,' Casey said. 'That really helps complete our team.'
The Warriors added two more TDs in the third quarter to complete their rout of the Techmen (0-3), getting a 7-yard run from Shoun and a 70-yard punt return from Shelton. Benson's lone TD came on a 40-yard Keenan Caples run in the fourth quarter.
'We're still playing really well defensively, running to the ball and tackling,' Casey said, noting that free safety Zak Kokesh made an interception in the game and inside linebackers Jayme Morgan and Nate Martin both stepped up against Benson's 'fly' offense.
Shoun finished with 64 yards rushing on nine carries, and Whitley went 4-of-6 passing for 63 yards.