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Bengals claw their way past L-E, 41-7

Posted: October 20, 2012 2:16 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The destiny of a football team sometimes has an interesting way of revealing itself.
Whether it’s a drive on offense or a turnover on defense, there is always a play or sequence where you can point to and look at that moment in defining a ballclub. Blythewood converting a fourth and 29 to score a touchdown may have been that moment for Lugoff-Elgin.
A back-breaking play, yet sometimes you wonder if it was ever meant to be.
The visiting Bengals used that play and its momentum to carry them to a 41-7 victory over the winless Demons.
It has been a long season for head coach Scott Jones and his staff but they are still fighting hard until the end of each game.
“I was proud of our guys for the way they fought,” Jones said. “We gave up a cheap score at the end but they did the best they could do; no reason to be mad at them. We had some key guys that were out so we had some young guys get in there and have some varsity action.”
Getting the first victory on the season always seems to give a sense of relief: An accomplishment after hard work and preparation. For the Demons, the hard work put in after nine weeks is still not paying off.
“We were just overmatched; just no push on those guys,” Jones said. “Our offensive line did not get a push. Defensively, we seemed to be in position but just couldn’t make the tackle. Speed out there in the open space is tough and having to make those tackles is really not our strong point right now.”
The game got off to a quick start for Blythewood as L-E gave up a safety to open the scoring as the punter stepped outside of the end zone.
The Demons were, of course, forced to punt to the Bengals and Blythewood took full advantage. Kyle Binn rushed it 43 yards for a score on the first offensive possession and just like that, the visitors took a 9-0 lead with 9:14 left remaining in the first.
Trailing 15-0 to start the second quarter, the Demons stole what little momentum they had at this point with a blocked punt which was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Allen Jennerette. That made it 15-7 with 10:55 left in the first half.
Jones was proud of his team’s defensive effort in the first half.
“That was nice. I was proud of our defense. They kept us in there for the first half,” he said. “I was really excited when we did that (recorded a defensive touchdown.) And, I thought we had a chance to be in the ballgame at that point.”
Then came the back-breaker and momentum changer. After a sack and two penalties, Blythewood was faced with a fourth and 29 at the Demon 30. A touchdown strike from Binn to Lynard Jamison took the emotion and momentum out of the sails at Lugoff Elgin Stadium.
“It’s unfortunate because our guys fought so hard and then you give up a play like that. That’s been the m.o. of the season it seems,” Jones said. “It was fourth and whatever, but it didn’t matter we just didn’t make the play.
“Those front guys fight so hard to stop the attack and then we give that up. That wasn’t the only play of the game but it certainly changed the momentum.”
For Jones and his offense, it had  been a week-to-week adjustment with players switching around and learning different schemes. It didn’t help that a few of his better players had to sit out on this night due to injuries.
“We opened up and tried to catch them off guard with unbalanced stuff,” Jones said. “We thought we found some seams there but they caught onto it and smashed us pretty good. We had a hard time throwing the football.
“We had a few players out, like Keenan Myers, and that forced us to switch some players around. Adam Cassimjee who plays at guard was out. It looked like a hospital room on the sidelines over there.”
Blythewood (8-1, 3-0) controlled the clock with a strong running game and eventually wore down the L-E defense. The Bengals rushed for 320 yards on 41 attempts and making the most of red zone chances, going five-for-five once there. One of those chances was right before the half as the Bengals tacked on a late touchdown getting a 12-yard run by Devin Albert with 35 seconds left before half, making it 28-7 after a missed extra point.
Maybe the one highlight on this loss was the play of Illichris Gordon and Allen Jennerette. The two-way players gave gutsy performances and showed that there is no quit in this team. The coach was proud of these two young men.
“I’m going talk about Illichris (Gordon) and (Allen) Jennerette,” Jones said. “They had to play both ways tonight. Jennerette is a senior and Illichris is an underclassman and I told those boys that Blythewood was getting drinks of water but only had boys play one way and they aren’t playing both ways. Until we have some young men that have the courage to come out and play football at Lugoff Elgin, it’s going to be this way.”
A 14-yard run by Ben Ruiz late in the third and two short field goals rounded out the scoring for Blythewood to bring the final tally at 41-7.
The Demons will finish the season on the road as they have trips to Spring Valley and Irmo to round out the year. Maybe a 10th week of practice will payoff for a struggling team still looking for an identity.
“We got two weeks left in the season,” Jones said. “We are going to have fun and do the best we can the rest of the way.”

Demon Doings: The Bengals had 447 total yards of offense to Lugoff Elgin’s 147 … Eli Burroughs was the leading rusher for L-E as he carried it six times for 62 yards … BHS had a strong rushing attack and distributed the ball well as four different players carried it and all gaining at least 50 yards … The Bengals had eight penalties for 78 yards while L-E had three for 28 … BHS also led in first down, 22-8 … Gordon had a big night defensively for L-E with 11 tackles and an interception.

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