PHS football: Dylan Bennett

Philomath's Dylan Bennett scored on two long pass plays Friday against the Eagles.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Sunday, Oct. 6.

With the digital recorder rolling for a postgame interview with senior Dylan Bennett, Philomath High assistant coach Aaron Schermerhorn pulled him aside for a moment to relay a message that just couldn’t wait.

“Congratulations ... I know we lost but I like the way you battled throughout this game,” Schermerhorn told him.

It’s an example of how important Bennett has been to the team. The Warriors lost the game and have struggled to a 1-4 record but there are the little victories within the game and the week-to-week improvements that keep the players working hard.

Bennett was a very important player in Friday night’s success on the offensive side of the ball. Stayton’s top defensive back had Logan Hannigan-Downs in his sights — and if fact held the PHS receiver to no catches while picking off two passes. So coach Tony Matta would counterattack with looks to Bennett.

He finished with five catches for 175 yards. And by the way, Bennett is in his first year of varsity high school football.

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Why did he decide to go out this year?

“Senior year. I just wanted to go out on a high note and I didn’t want to look back and regret not playing,” he said. “I’m definitely glad I did because I’m having a lot of fun out there.”

It’s been fun to watch him.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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