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Rangers rally for easy win over Patriots Team now stands 7-0 going into showdown game with Murphy Friday.

Byline: IAN MCMAHON Contributing Writer

Five plays later, Glover ran 26 yards to the 1. Butler finished off the drive with a touchdown run. The Rangers' two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Massac on top at 13-12 as the period ended.

The Benton defense flexed its muscles in the second quarter, forcing the Patriots into a three-and-out.

Starting its next drive on its own 39, Benton made quick work of the Massac defense as Butler exploded for a 22-yard run through the interior of the line.

Two plays later, Glover took a shot downfield, connecting with Newcomb for a 34-yard reception. Butler again finished off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.

The dynamic duo of Glover and Newcomb struck again on the two-point conversion, giving the Rangers the lead again at 20-13.

After forcing another Patriots' punt, Benton defender Chase Thomas blocked the punt, giving Glover and the offense the ball deep in Massac territory at the 17.

On the fifth play of the drive, Butler scored from two yards out, and Devore converted the extra point to extend the lead to 27-13 at the half.

The Rangers blocked another Massac punt in the third quarter via Brendan Minor. Butler followed with his fourth touchdown on the fourth play of the drive. Devore converted the kick to make the score 34-13 with 4:01 left in the third.

In the fourth period, Glover found Newcomb once more for a touchdown for a 40-13 advantage with 7:36 remaining.

After Peyton Swigonski recovered a fumble at the Massac 18, Devore kicked a 32-yard field goal to account for the final margin of victory.

BENTON- Friday night was an unfamiliar scene for Rangers fans as the young squad had to come from behind for the first time after falling behind 13-6 to Massac County at the end of the first quarter.

The Rangers responded well with a 43-20 win on senior night as led by Benton running back Tyler Butler.

With the victory, the Rangers remain undefeated on the season in the Ohio Division of the Southern Illinois River to River Conference (4-0) and overall (7-0).

Butler scored four touchdowns for the second time this season. He led his team in rushing with 84 yards, and had one reception for 10 yards.

Massac County did something no other team has done that has entered Tabor Field this season, and that is to score points. The Patriots scored 20 on the Rangers, and the atmosphere early on at Tabor Field was disbelief.

"You have to give a lot of credit to Massac for scoring the first points on us at home this year, but we never quit and got back into it in the second quarter," said Benton head coach Justin Groves, adding that his team showed some resilience after facing some adversity for one of the few times this season.

With the playoffs in the back of the minds of Rangers Nation, resilience is going to be a big key into making a deep run into the postseason. The first true test this season comes this Friday at 5-2 Murphysboro. One of those losses, however, was a forfeit to West Frankfort due to a teachers' strike.

The Red Devils are an athletic bunch and bounced back well this past Friday against Harrisburg, defeating the Bulldogs, 49-7.

"Win or lose, that's a game that's going to help us get us better for the playoffs," Groves said.

Last Friday, the Rangers scored first when sophomore quarterback Keegan Glover connected with Peyton Bayless for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The extra-point from kicker Chance Devore was blocked, leaving the score at 6-0 with 5:08 remaining in the opening period.

Almost immediately, the Patriots' offense responded with a touchdown, and converted the extra point to take the lead at 7-6. After only taking 18 seconds off the clock, the Rangers had the ball again.

The Massac defense forced Butler to fumble on the Benton 28. The scoop and score extended the visitors' lead to 13-6 after being denied the two-point conversion try.

Ayden Newcomb of the Rangers returned the kickoff to the Benton 46. The Rangers took advantage of a personal foul that got the drive started for the offense.
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Author:IAN MCMAHON Contributing Writer
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Oct 16, 2019
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