Mexico City running back Ray Bentley is known for his casual conversation banter that leaves opponents questioning his sanity. But there’s no doubt Bentley lived up to his potential after Mexico City signed him to a new, lucrative deal in the off-season. Bentley put the Aztecs on his back – 254 yards on 25 carries for two touchdowns – in Mexico City’s 34-13 romp.
The Aztecs outscored Vancouver, playing in its first game as a franchise, 21-0 in the second quarter – led by long Bentley runs. Quarterback Matt Willson, who took a paycut in the off-season, completed a modest 17 passes of 27 attempts, but two of those completions were touchdowns and none of them were INTs. Linebacker Chase Story had a strong debut at linebacker for the Aztecs with 10 total tackles and an interception. Vancouver’s first touchdown in team history came in the fourth quarter – a Tom Pepper completion to Brett Killian down the far sideline. Killian had 64 yards on four receptions.
Vancouver (0-1) will try to rebound at Oklahoma City (1-0) next Sunday. Mexico City (1-0) gets San Antonio (0-1) in the Vaqueros home opener.