Bengals Make Short Work of Hornets

Blythewood’s Tevin Sapp (5) and Josh Wilkes (52) bring down Aiken’s running back.

Javon Smith (12) slips a tackle and heads for the end zone.

The Blythewood Bengals football team (5-1) flexed their muscles Friday night in Aiken (2-4), beating the Green Hornets 49-7. Blythewood moved up and down the field as they piled up the yardage for a season-high 423 total offensive yards. Aiken head coach Carey Johnson knew his defense had a tough task in front of them.

“They (Blythewood) have a few weapons,” Johnson said before the game. “Their backs are great, the quarterback is great, their receivers are great and the offensive line does a good job.”

The Bengals scored touchdowns on their first two offensive drives. Each time it was quarterback Kylin Binn rushing the ball over the goal line. To start things off, Binn capped a six-play 66-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. On their ensuing possession it was Binn again to finish off a nine-play 60-yard drive, this time with an 8-yard rush. After the game Blythewood head coach Reggie Kennedy said he was pleased with his quarterback’s performance.

“We feel like Kylin has really grown up in the run game,” Kennedy said. “It’s good to have a dual threat quarterback.”

Binn finished the night with 49 yards on the ground to go along with three scores. He also completed 11 of 16 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown.

With 24 seconds to go in the first quarter, Aiken put up their first – and only – points of the game when Nakeem Span caught a pass out of the backfield and maneuvered his way 55 yards for the touchdown. After the extra point Blythewood held on to a 14-7 lead.

At the beginning of the second quarter, the Aiken offense came up a yard short when they went for it on fourth down with two yards to go from Blythewood’s 5-yard line. The Bengal defense has not given up a fourth down conversion all season, holding opponents to 0-11 on all-or-nothing tries. Kennedy believes that this trait that has spilled over from the practice field.

“We practice goal-line situations every day,” Kennedy said. “Our kids just get after it and you can see that on Friday nights.”

On the very next play, with their backs against the wall, Bengals’ running back Dean Beckford raced into the Blythewood records books with a 96-yard touchdown. The 96 yard gallop is the longest run in school history, breaking the former record of 80 yards, which was held by Demetric Gray. At the end of the game Kennedy beamed about Beckford’s accomplishment.

“Dean (Beckford) has been the big-play guy for us all year,” Kennedy said. “It’s good for Dean to break a school record.”

Blythewood scored on five of their seven drives in the first half and took a 35-7 lead in at the break.

The Bengal defense scored its first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter when defensive back Dominique Lemon picked up a fumble and rumbled 22 yards for the touchdown. It would be the final points of the game as Blythewood went on for a 49-7 win improving to 5-1 on the year, which is where Kennedy had hoped they would be going into region play.

“We are right on schedule with where we want to be,” he said.

Next Friday starts region play when Blythewood hosts Spring Valley (5-1). You can listen to the game at


BHS-   14-21-7-7        49

AHS-   7-0-0-0                        7


First Quarter

BHS- K. Binn 10 run. G. Huegel kick. (9:48)

BHS- K. Binn 8 run. G. Huegel kick. (3:16)

AHS- N. Spann 55 pass from D. Gaiters. T. Bengue kick. (:24)

Second Quarter

BHS- D. Beckford 96 run. G. Huegel kick. (9:12)

BHS- D. Albert 7 run. G. Huegel kick. (6:52)

BHS- L. Jamison 18 pass from K. Binn. G. Huegel kick. (1:37)

Third Quarter

BHS- K. Binn 1 run. G. Huegel kick. (6:15)

Fourth Quarter

BHS- D. Lemon 22 fumble ret. G. Huegel kick. (3:48)


Records: BHS: 5-1/0-0 AHS: 2-4/0-0


Team Stats

BHS                 AHS

First Downs                  19                    9

Rushes/Yards               36-261             42-146

Comp/Att/Int                12-18-0           2-3-0

Pass Yards                   162                  50

Fumbles/Lost                1-1                   2-2

Penalties/Yards 3-20                 5-21


Individual Stats

RUSHING—BHS: D. Beckford 5-115. K. Binn 7-49. D. Albert 7-39. B. Ruiz 8-32. AHS: N. Spann 10-47. M. East 9-41. W. Heggs 14-39. L. Simmons 2-37.

PASSING—BHS: K. Binn 11-16. 152 yards. 0 INT. 1 TD. T. Palmer 1-2. 10 yards. 0 INT. 0 TD. AHS: D. Gaiters 2-3. 50 yards. 0 INT. 1 TD.

RECEIVING—BHS: J. Smith 4-82. S. Brown 3-26. D. Albert 1-22. L. Jamison 1-18. AHS: N. Spann 2-50.

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