Bengals Break into Win Column

It was a battle of two teams that were 0-1 and looking for their first win of the 2012 season.  For the Lexington Wildcats, they’ll have to wait at least another week before they break into the win column.  However, for the Blythewood Bengals the pressure of being winless was released by a 27-6 victory on the road.  Blythewood won the opening coin toss and deferred until the second half.  The Bengals defense was stone cold in the first half as they held Lexington scoreless on their first six drives, either ending with a punt or turnover on downs.

Blythewood’s Devin Albert (33) breaks into the Lexington secondary.Dean Beckford (6) has nothing but green grass in his way.

The Blythewood offense took advantage of their defense’s stellar play and scored on their first two drives to go up 10-0 at the half.  The scoring started with a 78-yard touchdown run from Dean Beckford that electrified the Bengal sideline.  Beckford finished the night with a game high 120 yards on the ground.

Blythewood head coach Reggie Kennedy said running the ball was the game plan.

“We wanted to run the ball more this week,” he said. “We weren’t satisfied with only gaining 10 yards last week rushing, so we wanted to come in and establish the running game.”

Later in the first quarter it was Greg Huegel who capped a 10-play drive with a 35-yard field goal.  Huegel was impressive making both his field goal attempts (35, 20) and going 3-3 on extra points.  In addition, on kickoff duty, Huegel pinned Lexington back recording four touchbacks.  Lexington’s average starting field position was their own 26 yard line.

Starting off the third quarter, the Bengals came out determined to extend their lead by again scoring on their first two drives.  On third down and 22 yards to go, quarterback Kylin Binn launched one into the air and Shyeim Brown came down with an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone to cap a seven-play drive.  Blythewood held the ball for over nine minutes in the third quarter.

After the game Kennedy was proud of how steadfast the offense was.

“It’s good for our kids to learn how to finish a ball game,” he said.

In the final frame, Huegel gave the Bengals a 20-0 lead when he knocked through a 20-yard field goal that capped a 15-play drive and took 6:57 off the clock. Lexington would finally break through with an 81-yard touchdown pass from Will Hunter to Altyree Walker. After a failed 2-point conversion, Blythewood led 20-6. On the ensuing drive Devin Albert fumbled at mid field giving Lexington one final gasp. But the Bengal’s defense stood strong on fourth down when Terrell Vaughn sacked James Ricker for a seven-yard loss forcing a turnover on downs.

“Our defense played well tonight,” Kennedy said. “They played hard.”

Lexington was held to just one of nine on third down attempts.

The final nail in the coffin would come from Albert, when he punched it in from one yard out.  That capped a 12-play drive and took over five minutes off the clock and put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.

The Blythewood offense was poised throughout the night as they were six of 12 on third down attempts and they won the time of possession battle holding the ball for 26:07.

“We decided we wanted to come into the game tonight and slow things down, control the clock and keep our defense off the field,” Kennedy said.

Lexington fell to 0-2 on the year and Blythewood improved to 1-1.  Next week is an in-town show down for Blythewood when they host cross-town school, Westwood.  The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 7.  To stay up to date with Blythewood football visit us online and like our page a

 

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LEX—0-0-0-6        6

BHS—10-0-7-10   27

First Quarter

BHS- D. Beckford 78 run. G. Huegel kick. (8:38)

BHS- G. Huegel 35 field goal. (4:07)

Third Quarter

BHS- S. Brown 24 pass from K. Binn. G. Huegel kick. (8:43)

Fourth Quarter

BHS- G. Huegel 20 field goal. (11:17)

LEX- A. Walker 81 pass from W. Hunter. G. Chumley rush failed. (10:38)

BHS- D. Albert 1 run. G. Huegel kick. (1:19)

Records: BHS: 1-1/0-0 LEX: 0-2/0-0

Team Stats

BHS LEX

First Downs 20 7

Rushes/yards 42-230 33-108

Comp/Att/Int 14-18-1 5-10-0

Pass Yards 130 119

Fumbles/Lost 3-1 1-0

Penalties/Yards 7-55 8-82

Individual Stats

RUSHING—BHS: D. Albert 14-71. B. Ruiz 11-28. D. Beckford 9-120. L. Jamison 5-20. LEX: G. Chumley 17-87. R. Hyland 5-21. W. Hunter 2-6. R. McCrary 1-1.

PASSING—BHS: K. Binn 14-18. 130 yards. 1 INT. 1 TD. LEX: J. Ricker 3-7. 39 yards. 0 INT. 0 TD. W. Hunter 2-3. 80 yards. 0 INT. 1 TD.

RECEIVING—BHS: J. Smith 4-38. D. Albert 2-35. S. Brown 2-23. B. Smith 2-19. LEX: A. Walker 2-116. R. Hyland 1-2. K. Norris 1-2. R. Mcarary 1-(-1).