Just 56 seconds into the game against the Big Lake Hornets, the Becker Bulldogs scored a touchdown and never looked back in their 58-0 drubbing of the Hornets on the road.
After receiving the kickoff and setting up shop at the 35 yard line, Becker QB Ryan Bengtson took the opening snap, turned and handed the ball off to Kabir Bhakta, who swept around the left side and dashed 65 yards for the game’s first score just seconds into the contest.
That play told the whole story as Becker dominated in every area of the game, giving up just 39 total yards to the winless Hornets.
It was the third straight shutout loss for Big Lake, who is now 0-5 on the season and face touted Hutchinson Friday night on the road.
Becker was able to garner a safety on Big Lake’s first possession when the snap on a fourth down sailed over the Big Lake punter’s head and through the end zone. Landen Goebel — who would score four straight TDs in the first and second quarters, scored his first on a 20-yard pass from Bengtson to put Becker up 16-0. Bengtson would finish his night going nine-of-17 for 192 yards and five TD scores.
Goebel’s second TD came on a 44-yard pass from Bengtson early in the second quarter to make it 23-0, then his third came moments later on a 32-yarder to make it 30-0. He’d cap off the scoring streak with another 37-yarder from Bengtson just before halftime to put the visitors up 37-0.
Big Lake was celebrating homecoming so at halftime, they brought out royalty and the school’s hall-of-fame inductees.
The third quarter saw more pain for the Hornets when a fumble recovery by Ian Burau produced another touchdown for Becker in the third quarter. Bengtson’s fifth TD pass went to Kyan Blomquist from 14 yards out to make it 51-0 and Mason Rach capped the scoring on the night with a six-yard run for a TD.
Becker ran 47 plays and gained 343 yards — 192 through the air and 151 on the ground. Rach had 42 yards on nine carries and Carter Callahan had 30 yards on five carries.
Big Lake had 40 yards passing and -1 for rushing while committing three turnovers.
Becker improved to 5-0 and face Monticello Friday night at home on Tackle Cancer night at Eppard Field. The Bulldogs lead the North Central, White standings while the Magic are 3-0 (4-1 overall) in the North Central, Blue standings.