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Firecats News

2007-04-19

Firecats duo keeps things professional

By Carl Bleich
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Originally posted on April 19, 2007

Magic Benton and Ethenic Sands had been teammates and rivals before starting their careers with the af2's Florida Firecats.

Benton and Sands played their prep football in the city of Miami. Benton starred at Northwestern High while Sands led Carol City High to two state championships in his tenure with the school.

Despite their history, Firecats coach Kevin Bouis says that there is no ribbing in practice about past rivalries between the two.

"They are professionals and they don't really talk about much of their history," Bouis said. "You would think they would at least joke about their younger years but they don't. They are just working hand in hand to accomplish a common goal."

After high school, the two shared one season as teammates at the University of Miami. Sands, a freshman at the time, was redshirted while it was Benton's senior year.

Sands credits Miami wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson with helping the pair get to where they are today.

"He taught us how to play and how to work together," Sands said. "It all goes back to Curtis Johnson at the University of Miami."

The two have been wreaking havoc on opposing defenses in the af2 this season. Sands leads the af2 in touchdowns, tallying nine in three games. Benton is fourth in the league in receptions and the two have combined for 486 yards receiving.

This ranks them second in the league as a tandem behind Quad City's Kris Peters and Tom Anthony (519 yards).

"If one is not having a big game then the other one is," Bouis said.

"It's obvious that they are the main ingredient to our offense."

Add Chris McKinney and veteran Brent Burnside to that mix and that makes things even more difficult for defenses.

"Everything has been going real smooth," Benton said. "The offense is doing real well this year. We have a nice group of guys."