John Essex thumps Marengo

John Essex (2-1) used a scintillating rushing performance from D.J. Bennett to spark a 32-14 region win over county foe Marengo (0-3) Friday night.

Bennett led the Hornets with 13 carries for 168 yards including touchdown runs of 65, 55 and 18 yards.

Essex led the whole way, taking a 24-6 lead to halftime.

Markiese Tucker and Cedric Cooks added touchdowns for the Hornets. Cooks also had 18 total tackles and two interceptions.

“Jarvis Edwards played a hard game. He made some things happen up front with a good pass rush and a good run rush. D.J. and Ced had an outstanding game tonight,