Benjamin 33, King’s Academy 21: Bucs hand Lions first loss

  • Sam Howard
  • Special to The Post
11:10 p.m Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 Sports

A game-opening trick play set the tone for a King’s Academy-Benjamin contest marked by long, quick scores.

After taking the ball on a handoff from Jordan Travis, Benjamin wide receiver Kaiir Elam threw the ball back to his quarterback. Travis caught the screen pass and ran through King’s defense down the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown.

It was a sign of good things to come for the Buccaneers, who dealt the Lions their first loss since 2015 in a 33-21 win Friday night at home.

Travis, a Louisville commit, led the Benjamin offensive attack with four rushing touchdowns and 139 yards on the ground to go with 106 passing yards and his 62-yard reception.

When asked after the game about what worked well for his team, Benjamin coach Ron Ream began with a simple answer.

“Well, Jordan Travis,” Ream said. “The guy’s unbelievable.”

Travis’ first-half rushing touchdowns — 3, 46 and 33 yards — “really kept the momentum going” for the Buccaneers, Ream said. With about six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Travis took a low snap and ran 46 yards for his fourth and final rushing touchdown, helping seal Benjamin’s victory.

Through the air, Elam was Travis’ favorite target. Elam, a junior who has offers including Florida, Georgia and Ohio State, finished the night with four catches for 30 yards.

Ream added that his squad showed “a team effort tonight … from start to finish.” On offense, running back Addison Matevia checked in a few key runs for Benjamin, finishing with nine carries for 27 yards.

The Buccaneers notched big plays on defense to support their offense.

Defensive back Roshaune Downie contributed a pair of interceptions — and narrowly missed a third in the fourth quarter. Matevia and Josh Greene each made big, timely sacks of quarterback Justin Wake.

Wake made the Buccaneers hurt with a few big plays through the air. He finished the night 10 of 27 for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

Drew Luchey added a 90-yard touchdown on a kickoff return for King’s Academy.

Ream credited the Lions, saying he was proud to coach the team that put an end to their multi-season winning streak.

“To have a chance to be in this position to win for our home crowd … was special,” Ream said.

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