OVERTIME: Benson falls to Joy Christian in title game

OVERTIME: Benson falls to Joy Christian in title game

SOUTHERN, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Benson had been nothing short of perfect this season.

But the top-seeded Bobcats ran into a roadblock Saturday afternoon in the Division V state title game. No. 2 Joy Christian made the most of four Bobcat turnovers for a 27-7 victory.

Benson took an early 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Nick Hernandez, but the the Eagles got more from their one-two combination of quarterback Matt Mitchell and wide receiver Dujuan Lawrence.

The pair connected on three touchdowns. Mitchell also ran for a touchdown as Joy Christian won their first ever 11-man football championship.

Benson (13-1) claimed back-to-back state titles in 1954 and 1955 but a win Saturday would have given the school its first crown in 11-man football.

Joy Christian (14-0) exploded for 20 second-half points on it way to the crown.

Championship Schedule & Results 

Division I

at University of Phoenix, Glendale

No. 6 Centennial 28, No. 4 Desert Ridge 16

Division II

at University of Phoenix, Glendale

Saguaro 38, Marcos de Niza 20

Division III

at Arizona Stadium, Tucson

Desert Edge 29, Paradise Valley 27

Division IV Championship

at Chaparral High School, Scottsdale

No. 8 Northwest Christian vs. No. 3 Pusch Ridge, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 (NFHS Network)

Division V Championship

at Chaparral High School, Scottsdale

Joy Christian 27, Benson 7

Division VI Championship

at Maricopa High School

Pima 59, Superior 32

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