CONCORD -- Quarterback Mitch Daniels threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Malik Blackburn ran for three scores as the 14th-ranked minutemen opened with a 48-13 rout of the Panthers.

Blackburn ran for 106 yards on just 12 carries and scored on runs of 9, 6 and 2 yards for Concord, which rolled to four first-quarter touchdowns and never looked back. Blackburn also caught a touchdown pass.

Blackburn completed 30 passes to seven receivers, using the familiar spread attack that has helped define the program over the past decade. Ted Gwynn caught eight of Daniels' passes and scored once. Demaria Capers also caught a scoring pass for Concord.

Leading rusher Tristan Batten ran for a 44-yard touchdown for Benicia but gained negative-13 yards in his other four carries.

Quarterback Riley Pitkin, who won 18 of 19 games as a starter with Benicia's junior varsity program, was 11 for 24 for 107 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice.

Concord 48, Benicia 13

Benicia 0 6 7 0-- 13

Concord 26 8 6 8-- 48

C -- Gywnn 31 pass from Daniels (Capers run)

C -- Daniels 1 run (run failed)

C -- Blackburn 9 run (pass failed)

C -- Blackburn 22 pass from Daniels (pass failed)

B -- Carr 18 pass from Pitkin (passed failed)


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C -- Safety, Pitkin tackled in end zone

C -- Blackburn 6 run (run failed)

C -- Blackburn 2 run (pass failed)

B -- Batten 44 run (kick good)

C -- Capers 17 pass from Daniels (Brekle pass from Daniels)

Rushing: B -- Batten 5-31, Butler 4-4, Osterholt 2-1, Pitkin 3-(-8). Totals 14-28. C -- Blackburn 12-106, Tidwell 9-61, Daniels 4-6, Capers 1-3. Totals 26-176. Passing: B -- Pitkin 11-24-2 107. C -- Daniels 30-47-1 462. Receiving: B -- Shelley 5-42, Carr 3-42, Dickerson 2-27, Butler 1-(-4). C -- Gwynn 8-93, Knight 7-80, Blackburn 6-87, Brekle 3-62, Capers 3-50, Hollars 2-13. Fumbles/lost: Benicia -- 1/0, Concord -- 1/1. Records: Benicia 0-1, Concord 1-0.