PENDLETON — On a chilly and rainy Thursday evening, the Pendleton Youth Football league held its annual Requa Bowl championship game to mark the end of the 2017 season for the five-team league.
Under the lights at the Pendleton High School athletic field, the game featured Athena against Pendleton Gold, and the home team put on a show. It was an action-packed game, as both teams had fun, played hard and battled through the constant rain to play the 32-minute game. When it was all over it was the Pendleton Gold team that came out on top as it topped Athena 32-0 to win the Requa Bowl.
“It means a lot to these kids,” Pendleton Gold co-coach Dan Primus said afterward. “The Requa Bowl is what they shoot for when we start. We lucked out with a lot of good kids and good athletes and it was a lot of fun to see how we progressed.”
The star of the game was Pendleton 6th grader Benito Jennings, who was responsible for all five of his team’s touchdowns. Jennings caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colson Primus to begin the game, he tallied three touchdown runs of 43 yards, 78 yards and 44 yards, and he also threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Kaden Moore right before halftime.
Athena’s offense struggled to get much going against Pendleton’s defense, and also turned the ball over a few times as the kids battled the rain and slippery football. The team did have a big play in the fourth quarter, when Easton Berry took a reverse hand off and then dropped back to pass, hitting a wide-open Clark Hodgson for a 35 yard gain.
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