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Bengals chew up Demons, 52-14

Posted: October 26, 2013 12:41 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2013 5:00 a.m.

BLYTHEWOOD -- Lugoff-Elgin had no answer on defense for a potent Blythewood offensive attack.
 Playing in the same stadium in consecutive weeks, the Demons put on a similar lackluster performance against the upstart Bengals as L-E fell to 1-8 on the season and 1-2 in Region 4-4A play with a 52-14 loss.
A star may have emerged on this night as well as Bengals’ sophomore quarterback David Israel  threw six touchdown passes using pinpoint accuracy and showing the poise of a four-year starter and looking like a chiseled veteran out there at home. He had the help of some quick receivers and good offensive line play, as well.
The game seemed all but over by halftime as the hosts jumped to a 42-14 going into the locker room. Blythewood scored on six of its first seven drives, all coming in the first half.
“I thought our kids played hard but it’s 42-14 at halftime,” said L-E head coach Scott Jones. “It’s hard to get motivated to get back out there. I’ll say this, our offensive guys got together and tried to get ready and told them to ‘let’s do the best we can.’
“I thought we could get something going but we just ended up making a mistake here and there. I hate it for our kids and our community.”
Drawing first blood on the evening was Jacob Rabon who took a 40-yard yard touchdown toss from Israel. That came at the 10:15 mark in the first quarter for a 7-0 BHS lead.
The Demons, who showed a little more fight this week, responded with a quick scoring drive. A 67-yard run by Shon Belton up the far side set up a five-yard scoring run by Aldreacio Wells with 8:19 left in the opening quarter.
The drive went 80 yards in just five plays. But the Demons would not tie it up, but rather take the lead by attempting and converting for two as Belton ran it in off right tackle.
The 8-7 lead was L-E’s first in a game since the win over Richland Northeast two weeks earlier.
 Jones was pleased with the execution of the trickery.
“Yeah, we had a little plan that when we scored the first time; we were going to go for two,” he said. “And we did and had a good play. But I think we made them mad. They took it out on us and our young kids.”
You could tell what kind of night it would be for Blythewood as the ball always seemed to bounce its way, including on their next touchdown drive.
A broken play on third down, on which Israel lost the snap, was picked up by Lynard Jamison who took it around the edge for a seven-yard score as the Bengals jumped back on top, 14-8, midway through the first stanza.
The hosts took a two-score lead, capitalizing on a L-E three and out taking it just 35 yards to the end zone. This time, the score came on an eight-yard pass play from Israel to De’andre Fletcher. On the drive, the Bengals converted a third and 20 as Jamison made a great grab over the middle to set up the score.
The young Demon secondary had no answer for the speedy Blythewood pass catchers.
“Those kids in the secondary are trying,” Jones said. “Our coaches are working with them, but we are just out-athleted. Out there in space, it’s just tough luck.”
“I mean, you know the guys tried hard. You have to give Blythewood a lot of credit. They have some speedy receivers and a good quarterback. Our guys just couldn’t keep up with them, just plain and simple.”
The Demons would get on the board one final time, closing in on the deficit to just a touchdown as Wells capped an 80-yard drive with a 23-yard scamper up the middle to make it 21-14 with 11:55 left in the first half.
The Demons would never get past the opponents’ 30 yard line after that.
Just as they did all night, BHS went back to work on offense and extended the deficit to double digits with another touchdown pass from Isreal to hike the lead to 28-14. With the Demons still having trouble on offense, Blythewood continued to take advantage as Israel connected on scoring passes of 24 and 12 yards to his two favorite targets, Rabon and Jamison, respectively. The last score was a back breaker for the defense coming with just 21 seconds left on the first half clock. It capped a two-minute offense run to near perfection.
After that final score, the halftime damage was 42-14 without seeming to break a sweat for the hosts. The Demons had no answer for the Bengals’ offensive barrage.
“When we send pressure, we gamble and still guys get loose,” Jones said. “People don’t realize this but we played man coverage, pressure packages and four different coverages. Our coaches were trying to get them in right position. They just had some great athletes.”
The second half saw more sputtering from the Demon offense. Part of the reason was the play of linebacker and Clemons commitment Jalen Williams, working behind a fast defensive line. The other part was due to the defense keying on the only two playmakers of the night for L-E in Belton and Wells.
“We were slipping and sliding just having some unfortunate things happen to us,” Jones said of his team’s offensive struggles. “Our problem is we have a quarterback that can throw it and nobody seems to want to catch it. And that’s tough on Shon because he’s our offense, so to speak.
“He and Aldrecio are doing all they can. That becomes pretty easy to defend after a while.” Blythewood would tack on 10 more points just to make it official. With the starters still on the field midway thru the third, Israel hit Jamison for his final touchdown, a 43-yard beauty down the sideline. Jamison had his man beat by at least 10 yards and walked in. A 25 yard field goal on the next Blythewood drive made the final 52-14.
The younger players received ample playing time for the Demons, playing most of the fourth quarter. Freshman Jermaine Jenkins and junior Keyshawn Martin received a majority of the touches to end the game for the offense.

Demon Doings: Blythewood racked up 437 yards of total offense to just 224 for L-E ... Belton ran for 121 on 15 carries for L-E while Wells had an additional 73 on 19 carries with both touchdown for the guests … This night, however, was the breakout party for BHS’ Israell. He was 19 of 30 passing for 370 and six touchdowns … Jamison had nine grabs for 165 yards and two touchdowns … Blythewood only converted on two of its 10 third downs but were 2-for-2 on fourth down … Time of possession was led by the Demons who controlled the ball for just less than 30 minutes … Flags were not an issue as Blythewood had six penalties for 45 yards while the Demons were whistled just four times on the night.

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