HALLSVILLE - Iowa State pledge Eno Benjamin ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, and Wylie East took control of things in the second quarter to hand Hallsville a 49-0 setback Friday at Bobcat Stadium.
East (2-0) scored midway through the second quarter on a 13-yard run by Corbin Johnson to cap a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Cody Thomas booted the PAT for a 7-0 East lead with 6:20 to play in the opening frame.
Neither team scored the rest of the quarter, but Benjamin rumbled 60 yards with 7:16 to play in the second stanza to put the visitors in front 14-0.
East’s defense got into the scoring act a minute later when Justin Robinson intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, and then with just 12 ticks showing on the clock Johnson crashed in from seven yards out to cap a 4-play, 43-yard drive. The touchdown was set up by a 26-yard pass from Benjamin to Johnson.
East drove 54 yards in five plays to add to its lead early in the third quarter. Nehemiah Reason did the scoring honors on a 35-yard run at the 8:18 mark. Five minutes later, Benjamin broke off a 68-yard scoring run.
Benjamin capped the scoring with a touchdown pass to Ronald Smith following another Bobcat interception.
Hallsville (0-2) will visit Jacksonville next week. Wylie East will host Denton Ryan.