Sharper Arnold surpasses turnover-prone Bozeman

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Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM.

SAND HILLS - Cody Saunders and Torri Cotton were sharp on Friday. David Elmore and Bozeman need some more tuning.

The Arnold duo was responsible for three touchdowns in the first half to stoke the Marlins’ 28-0 kickoff classic win over the Bucks. They also combined for 202 of Arnold’s 246 yards in the opening 24 minutes. The Bucks were held in check against their larger-school opponent.

Cotton, a running back, opened the scoring with a 19-yard sprint on the game’s initial possession. The drive encompassed nine plays and 68 yards and set the immediate tone.

(Photos from the game)

Saunders, Arnold’s starting quarterback, found Stephen Benedik on a 28-yard reception to end an 88-yard drive, and backup place-kicker Nick Guzman added the extra point for a 14-0 Marlin advantage. Saunders capped his night with a 16-yard scamper four minutes into the second quarter.

Saunders was 9 for 13 for 140 passing yards. Cotton gained 62 yards on four carries before both took a seat on the bench on Arnold’s last possession of the first half.

“They picked up right where they left off,” Arnold coach Josh Wright said. “And we had some guys show they have a place, like (Dolan) Poole, (Paul) Patterson and Benedik to complement them.”

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