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Home has been anything but sweet for the Lancaster Bruins this season.
LHS, facing a second Class AAAA Midlands opponent, had a tough night in dropping a 35-6 loss to Blythewood High School at Memorial Stadium on Friday night, Sept. 20.
Lancaster, in two home games this season, has been outscored 64-6. LHS, 2-2, dropped a 29-0 loss to Ridge View High School in its home opener Sept. 6.
The Bengals, who evened their mark at 2-2, forged a 21-0 halftime lead on the way to the 29-point win.
Blythewood, snapping a scoreless draw, took control with all of its first-half points coming in the final 5:30 of the second period.
The Bengals, who racked up 340 air yards, ignited for two scores in just over a two-minute span to take command in the second period.
Blythewood quarterback Javon Smith, who threw four touchdown passes, capped a six-snap 53-yard drive with a 47-yard scoring pass to Deyon Grayer for a 7-0 lead after Greg Huegel drilled the first of five conversions with 5:30 to play before half.
Blythewood, on its next possession, struck in a hurry, with Smith connecting with streaking Lynard Jamison on an 82-yard bomb for a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left in the half.
“We scored back to back and that gave us some confidence,” Blythewood coach Dan Morgan said. “Lancaster’s defense got after us and put pressure on. It took us a while to gain our composure.
“After that, we started to take control of the game,” Morgan said.
LHS coach Bennie McMurray said the sequence was a turning point.
“Those two quick scores kinda broke our back,” he said. “We couldn’t answer.”
The Bengals scored before the half as they drove 55 yards in 10 plays, with Smith connecting with Grayer on a 17-yard scoring strike.
Blythewood stretched its lead in the late stages of the third period as BHS drove 52 yards in seven snaps, with Smith whipping a three-yard scoring pass to Jamison with 32.7 seconds in the quarter for a 28-0 lead.
Lancaster came back to drive inside the Bengals’ 30 only to be halted on a fourth and one.
Blythewood struck six snaps later as Jamison, who ran for 62 yards in seven carries, dashed 40 yards for the touchdown for a 35-0 lead with 7:47 to play.
Lancaster, showing some late spark, drove 80 yards in 12 plays for its only points, a 21-yard touchdown pass from Keendarius Truesdale to Jay Hood with 2:38 to play.
Alex Ealy aided the drive with two catches for 59 yards.
Trevor Latham missed on the conversion kick.
“This was a disappointing night,” McMurray said. “We never got on track. We were hoping to build momentum as we head to region play, but we will have to regroup because we have a major challenge.
“We have to learn from our mistakes and have a good week of preparation,” McMurray said. “It’s the start of a new season with region play. We have to go there and give our best effort.”
Lancaster launches Region III-AAAA play as it ventures to Rock Hill to face No. 1 Northwestern High School.
The Trojans, idle Friday night, are 4-0 after a 42-35 win over Byrnes on Friday, Sept. 13.