Bengals Seek Homecoming Rebound

Joseph Richardson breaks free from a pair of Wildcats in last week’s 13-0 loss at Lexington. (Photo/Kristy Kimball Massey)

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Bengals football team (2-1) will celebrate its Homecoming Friday night when they host the Blue Eagles of Clover.

The Blue Eagles will make the 70-mile journey down I-77 to try and thwart the Bengals from basking in the glory of a Homecoming win.

Clover has been held winless through four games so far this season, but have only lost those four games by a combined 35 points. The Blue Eagles have been within a score in all of their losses, with the exception of a 42-22 defeat at the hands of Forestview (N.C.).

Most recently, Clover fell to White Knoll 41-36 last week.

The Bengals are coming off a bye last week. Two weeks ago, Blythewood lost to Lexington 13-0. Blythewood’s lone win of the season came on Aug. 29 when they defeated their cross-town rivals, Ridge View, 20-5.

Through their first three games, the Bengals have been hampered by a -8 turnover margin. Blythewood is only averaging 8.7 points per game. The Bengals’ offensive woes have revolved around the front line’s inability to protect the quarterback and provide running lanes for their running backs. Blythewood’s quarterback David Isreal has been sacked 13 times this season, an average of 4.3 sacks per game. Additionally, Blythewood’s rushing attack has been anemic at best. The Bengals have gained a mere 12 yards on 75 carries, an average of just 0.2 yards per rush. Blythewood’s top runner has been Kyle Wright. Wright has carried the ball seven times for 31 yards.

Keys to the Game

• Protect the quarterback

• Convert on third down

• Fundamental tackling

Kickoff at District Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.