El Cerrito High quarterback Keilan Benjamin quickly blew in and out of George Anthony Harris Field on Friday night against host Kennedy-Richmond.

The junior accounted for 287 yards and four touchdowns out of El Cerrito's pistol offense, as the Gauchos ran away with a 64-8 nonleague victory.

"He's got great vision, makes great reads and great adjustments," Gauchos coach Kenny Kahn said. "What more can you want from your quarterback?"

Benjamin operated in the shotgun with a running back behind him most of the night and was 15 for 21 for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also picked up 45 yards on eight carries.

El Cerrito (3-0) also got help from poor ball handling by the Eagles, who lost five of their 11 fumbles and muffed kick returns.

"Turnovers kill any game," said Eagles coach Mack Carminer, whose team fell to 0-2.

Friday night marked the first time the two rival programs had played each other at night at Kennedy, after the installation of permanent lights at the school became complete.

El Cerrito plays at Campolindo next Friday in a game between North Coast Section Division III contenders. Also that night, Kennedy hosts Salesian.



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