Coconino Football Player Report: Zach Bennett

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 5:00 pm

Sophomore running back for the Coconino Panthers is having an amazing start to his season as he has assisted the team to a 4-2 record. #34 is having an out break season for the Panthers having run for over 100 yards in every single one of their six games in the season thus far. Although he plays on both sides of the ball, his strengths lie on the attack carrying the ball. Through the first games of the season he has 757 yards rushing averaging 9.7 yards a carry scoring 10 touchdowns for the Panthers.

Bennett started the season off strong against the Thunderbirds carrying the ball 11 times. His 142 yards help the Panthers become victorious with a score of 42-28. He averaged 12.9 yards a carry and scored 2 touchdowns for his team. His efforts in this match up did not go unnoticed.

Moving forward in the season #34 only built off his momentum running for his most yards on the seasons so far with 181. These yards were gained over only 11 carries bringing his average yards per carry to 16.5. Despite his efforts advancing the ball down the field, he was only able to carry the ball into the end zone one time on the 27-0 victory over Carl Hayden Community.

The following game brought up a match up Vs. Cortez proving to be a cake walk for the Panthers 56-0. Bennett only has 6 carries in this game; however, he managed to run for 146 yards. This yielded an impressive 24.3 average yards per carry and three trips into the end zone for #34.

Bennett continues to prove his skills with the ball in his hands carrying the ball 28 times Vs. Mingus. This nail biter ended with a 42-40 win for the panthers including #34s 3 scoring plays. Averaging 6.4 yards per carry, Bennett ran for 180 yards assisting the team in a hard nosed victory on both sides of the field.

Moving on to the battle against Bradshaw Mountain, the results for the Panthers were not as pleasant as the rest of the games in the season with a 14-28 loss. However, Bennett was still able to preform putting 108 yards into the statistic books over 22 carries. He only averaged 4.9 yards a carry but was able to score 1 of the 2 touchdowns for the panthers during this game.

The season continues on and the Panthers hope to improve on their 4-2 record with their eyes on the playoffs. Bennett’s ability to run the ball and consistently preform gives the Flagstaff community hope for an overall successful season.