Banged-up Bengals prevail over Irmo

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood may be banged up with the loss of a starting center and two quarterbacks, but Irmo felt its first loss of the season at Richland District 2 Stadium Thursday night.

Without quarterbacks Quenton Patten and Quentin Singleton in the lineup, Blythewood relied on the solid running of Chris Woodall and Jaylon Boyd to run down the Yellow Jackets in a 21-7 victory in the Region 5-5A opener for both teams.

Receiver Chris Woodall (1) takes matters into his own hands and heaves the ball over the Irmo defenders. | Photos/Ross Burton

Lining up in an array of wildcat and hammer backfield formations, Blythewood (3-2) didn’t get cute on offense.

“Our game plan was for us to be more physical and protect the ball, and we did a great job,” Blythewood head coach Brian Smith said. “Our defense is one of the better defenses in the state and tonight was no different. They played lights out.”

Woodall and Boyd took turns or exchanged series lining up under center, taking the ball after the snap and running right into Irmo defenders. Boyd had 162 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries. Woodall carried 23 times for 146 yards.

“Me and Chris (Woodall), I’m the thunder and he’s the lightning,” Boyd said. “I hit hard, and he strikes. But it’s a team effort. I thank my O-line.”

The Bengals defense hemmed in the Yellow Jackets (4-1) in the first half, giving up 147 total yards. Irmo finished the night with 155 passing yards, but minus-eight yards rushing.

The stats at halftime told the tale of Blythewood’s domination. The Bengals piled up 181 rushing yards on 33 carries, while the defense stopped the Yellow Jackets to minus-18 rushing yards.

Shi’heem Watkins (24) and Spencer Jones (33) make sure the Irmo ball carrier takes a seat.

Blythewood sacked Irmo quarterback John Ragin four times. Jack Monroe and Patrick Godbolt had 1.5 sacks, and Deron Epps had one.

“They did a great job and had a great game plan,” Yellow Jackets coach Reggie Kennedy said. “They whipped us on both sides of the football. I know they were a dangerous football team.”

After having its first drive stumble with a blocked 24-yard field goal attempt, Blythewood regrouped with an 8-play, 52-yard scoring drive, capped with a 6-yard Boyd TD run with 1:13 left in the first quarter.

Jaydon Brunson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second, and Brady Carson’s 1-yard dive into the end zone 2:44 before the half gave Blythewood a 21-0 lead.

Irmo’s only highlight came in the second half, when Raekwon Heath pulled in a 27-yard touchdown pass from Ragin midway through the third quarter.

Blythewood controlled the football for more than 32 minutes of the game and shut down the Yellow Jackets in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

“We became a team finally. A disciplined team,” Smith said. “We wanted to come out to prove that we could be a team. Our guys rallied. Their backs were against the wall and they came out swinging, and they never let up.”


Irmo– 0-0-7-0-7

First Quarter
BHS – Jaylon Boyd 6 run (Miles Heitman kick) 1:13
Second Quarter
BHS – Jaydon Brunson 65 punt return (Heitman kick) 8:40
BHS – Brady Carson 1 run (Heitman kick) 2:44
Third Quarter
IHS – Raekwon Heath 27 pass from John Ragin (James Dooley kick) 7:12

Team Stats                  Irmo                    Blythewood
First Downs                9                           19
Rushes-Yards             26–8                   65-291
Passing Yards            155                        0
Att-Com-Int               18-11-0                3-0-1
Fumbles-Lost            3-1                        2-1
Penalties-Yards         10-89                   9-44
Punts-Avg.                  5-25.2                  1-41.0

RUSHING: Irmo – Kendrell Flowers 11-41, Devante Richardson1-0, John Ragin 10-(-27). Blythewood – Chris Woodall 23-146, Jaylon Boyd 38-162, Jaydon Brunson 1-2, Corey Williams 1-1, Brady Carson 1-1.
PASSING: Irmo – John Ragin 11-18-0. Blythewood – Davion Blackwell 0-1-1, Chris Woodall 0-2-0.
RECEIVING: Irmo – Devante Richardson 3-21, Raekwon Heath 6-71. Kendrell Flowers 3-43, Hasuan Rivers 1-41. Blythewood – 0.

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