Bengals surrender to undefeated Sumter

Blythewood quarterback King Ford throws as a trio of Sumter defenders bears down during the Gamecocks’ 29-17 victory over the 10th-ranked Bengals on Friday at Sumter Memorial Stadium. | TREVOR BAUKNIGHT / THE SUMTER ITEM

SUMTER – Blythewood looked to put a blemish on Sumter’s undefeated record Friday night and extend their own win streak to six games, but Sumter had other plans. The Bengals led 10-0 after a quarter, but Sumter proved to be too much down the stretch and powered their way to a 29-17 win. The loss bumped the Bengals’ record to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 4-5A play.

Blythewood’s game opening drive started at their own 24-yard line, but the Bengals eventually worked themselves inside Sumter’s 10-yard line. They were not able to convert the long drive into a touchdown, but Miles Heitman nailed a 27-yard field goal to give Blythewood the first lead of the game.

Later in the first quarter, Chase Atkinson picked off Sumter quarterback Ontra Harvin and made the 24-yard return to the end-zone. The interception touchdown return marked Harvin’s second interception of the season.

Sumter answered back. They converted their opening second-quarter drive into an eight-play, 55-yard drive that ate up four minutes of the game clock. Jonathan Henry’s one yard touchdown wrapped up the lengthy drive and pulled the Gamecocks back within three.

The Gamecocks were still trailing by three when Harvin rang up Anthony Dinkins-McCall for a 72-yard score. The score and successful point after attempt gave Sumter the 14-10 lead, and the lead stood until the third quarter.

Blythewood snatched the lead back three plays into the third quarter. King Ford found Joshua Burrell for a 71-yard touchdown to put the Bengals back on top 17-14, but turnovers burned Blythewood after that.

The next four Bengal possessions ended in turnovers. First, Sumter picked off a Ford pass, then they recovered a Jaylon Boyd fumble. Then, the Gamecocks picked off another Ford pass, which Harvin turned into a one-yard rushing score.

Blythewood’s turnover streak extended into the fourth quarter when the Gamecocks recovered another Bengals’ fumble. Sumter was not able to cash in on the turnover, but later in the fourth they tacked on an insurance run.

Harvin picked up his second touchdown pass of the night, third total, on a late fourth quarter strike to tight end Cameron Gaymon. Harvin’s 30-yard touchdown pass gave the Gamecocks the 29-17 edge with just three minutes left on the game clock.

Blythewood hosts Lugoff-Elgin in their next contest.


BHS– 10-0-7-0-17

SHS– 0-14-7-8-29

First Quarter

BHS –  Miles Heitman 27 field goal.6:09.

BHS – Chase Atkinson 24 interception return (M.Heitman kick).4:48.

Second Quarter

SHS – Jonathan Henry 1 run (Dyson Roberts kick).7:36.

SHS – Anthony Dinkins-McCall from Ontra Harvin (D.Roberts kick).2:45.

Third Quarter

BHS – Joshua Burrell 71 pass from King Ford (M.Heitman kick).10:57.

SHS – O.Harvin 1 run (D.Roberts kick).3:11

Fourth Quarter

SHS – Cameron Gaymon 30 pass from O.Harvin (J.Henry rush).3:31.

TEAM STATS           BHS                          SHS

First Downs            10                              14

Rushes/Yards         30-19                        47-175

Passing Yards         166                            104

C-A-I-TD                  10-28-2-1                 4-11–1-2

Fumbles/ Lost        3/2                             1/1

Penalties/Yards      8-68                          10-78


Rushing:  SHS- Jonathan Henry 34-122, Ontra Harvin 10-45, Justice Wells 3-8. BHS – Jaylon Boyd 11-32, Brandon Edwards 6-8, Jacob Owens 1-4, King Ford 12-(-25).

Receiving:  SHS- Anthony Dinkins-McCall 3-74, Cameron Gaymon 1-30. .BHS- Joshua Burrell 4-110, Jacob Owens 3-44, Brandon Edwards 3-12.

Passing:  SHS-Ontra Harvin 4-11, 104 yards, two touchdowns, one interception. BHS – King Ford 10-28. 166 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions.

Contact us: (803) 767-5711 | P.O. Box 675, Blythewood, SC 29016 | [email protected]