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Time becoming an enemy for Demons

Posted: October 18, 2012 1:29 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Like sands through the hour glass so are Lugoff-Elgin’s chances of earning a post-season playoff berth, not to mention picking up that elusive first win of the season.
The Demons have three games left to accomplish either and/or both of those objectives, but the path will hardly be a smooth one beginning with tonight’s visit from once-beaten Blythewood and its head coach Reggie Kennedy.
Kennedy and L-E head coach Scott Jones are hardly strangers. In fact, Jones has led the Demons to three wins over Kennedy-coached teams when the second-year Bengals’ boss patrolled the sidelines at Fairfield Central. L-E and its fans are hoping to make it an even four tonight.
“We have had some success (against Kennedy-coached teams) in the past,” Jones said, “but this is a whole different ball of wax. They have some really fast running backs, faster than anybody in Kershaw County. It’s going to be very hard to defend them.”
Blythewood enters tonight’s game riding a seven-game win streak after having opened the season with a 39-16 loss to South Pointe. Since then, BHS has outscored its opponents by a combined 254-94 count.
Jones said there is no mystery as to how the Bengals have been winning games. It starts, he said, with an attacking 3-4 defense.
“They love to blitz and they love to bring pressure,” Jones said. “With what we’ll be doing on offense this week, it will look like 1926. We’re just going to try to grind it out. I’ve told our guys that they’re not as big as some of the people that we’ve faced on defense, but they’re quick.”
Jones said anyone who watched the offensive strategy employed by LSU in Saturday’s win over South Carolina will understand what the Demons will try to do when they have the football tonight.
“This will be kind of the theory which LSU took against South Carolina where South Carolina had quicker and faster guys on defense and LSU just lined up and ran the ball at them,” Jones said of what is expected to be a more deliberate form of offense on the Demons’ part. “That’s what we have to do against them to have any success, in my opinion.”
As the Bengals’ 34 point per game average indicates, Kennedy’s offense is one which can score in bunches.
Trey Blinn is a dual-threat quarterback who has weapons lining up behind him as well as on the outside on an explosive offense. But, as Jones said, the Bengals would like to keep the ball on the ground every play, if they could.
“If they can, they would just as soon run the football and, they will,” he said. “But they also have the ability to throw the ball very well. They spread you out and they have some great wide outs.
“They run a lot of misdirections. It is going to be a really big challenge for us to try and slow them down.”
If the Bengals were to try and get the passing game going, this might be a good week to work on that part of the offense since, as Jones said, his secondary has been having problems shutting down the passing lanes.
 “I’m just disappointed that we can’t seem to cover a pass,” Jones said. “I don’t think that it’s a lack of effort; I just think we get out-manned and out-speeded, at times. Unfortunately, teams we play have a lot of speed. Our guys are trying really hard. You try to pat them on the back and tell them, ‘Get back out there and let’s try it again.’”
Tonight marks the third week since the Demons switched several offensive players to defense and vice-versa, while also playing several players on both sides of the football. This week, a wrench was thrown into the works which slowed things down.
“I thought they made progress this week,” Jones said, “but once again, we’re playing the game with the injury bug and we’re shuffling people around. That messes you up, to tell you the truth.”
With time and playoff opportunities dwindling, Jones said he and his staff will use the next few weeks to evaluate young players as they look toward the 2013 season.
“When you’re in a situation like we’re in, it’s very difficult, but like I say every week, our kids are hanging in there and are trying to do a good job,” he said. “We’re at the point where if we don’t win a game over the next few weeks, we’re going to take young guys and start working with them.
“We’re still going to play the seniors who want to play and who are giving us a great effort. We’re not going to get rid of them, by any means, but we are going to start getting the young guys ready for next year.”

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