When the preseason began, junior Matt Bingaya was the starting split end and backup quarterback for the Delaware Hayes High School football team.

When the preseason began, junior Matt Bingaya was the starting split end and backup quarterback for the Delaware Hayes High School football team.

Bingaya, who last played football as a freshman, helped the Pacers beat host Buckeye Valley 30-10 in the opener on Friday night.

Forced into the starting quarterback spot when Josh Bender sustained a concussion in the final scrimmage and could not practice until last Thursday, Bingaya ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and caught a 23-yard pass to set up a field goal on the last play before intermission as the Pacers cruised to a 30-0 lead.

"I wasn't sure until Thursday if I was going to start at quarterback or not," said Bingaya, who only played one series in the second half after his scoring runs of 23, 1 and 16 yards. "I just knew I had to be ready to go in case."

The defense also played well for Delaware, as it produced five turnovers on the Barons' first eight possessions.

Senior linebacker Kyle Winston recovered a fumble and also grabbed two interceptions. Senior linebacker Keith Butts also had an interception, and senior free safety Jake Whited forced two fumbles.

"We did a lot of good things on offense in the first half and on defense for the entire game," coach Mike Loparo said. "But there's plenty to work on. We put the ball on the ground way too much. Overall, though, I thought (Bingaya) did a good job reading the defense once he had a few reps in there. Bender was cleared to play, but hadn't practiced all week. We're planning on staying with Bingaya now."

The Pacers completed their lone pass attempt, with Bender throwing 23 yards to Bingaya with :02 left in the first half before Jamey Hackett kicked a 28-yard field goal.

"The game was Bingaya, Bingaya and Bingaya," Buckeye valley coach Mike Marshall said. "He was fantastic. I think they've got a special athlete in him. He made all their big plays."

Vidal O'Connor had 13 carries for 61 yards and a 2-yard touchdown.

Buckeye Valley got a touchdown on Ben Stakely's 27-yard reception from Kevan Green with :09 left in the game.

DELAWARE 7 23 0 0 -- 30

BUCKEYE VALLEY 0 0 3 7 -- 10

D-- Bingaya 23 run (Hackett kick)

D-- Bingaya 1 run (Hackett kick)

D-- O'Connor 2 run (Hackett kick)

D-- Bingaya 16 run (Hackett kick)

D-- Hackett 28 FG

BV-- Marstiller 32 FG

BV-- Stakely 27 pass from Green (Marstiller kick)