MOUNT PLEASANT-- Blythewood is making it a bracket of broken dreams.
Blythewood, the No. 14 seed in the Division I-AAAA playoffs, knocked off No. 3 seed Lexington last week in the first round.
On Friday, the Bengals were up for another challenge. They knocked off No. 11 seed Wando, 13-8, in front of about 4,000 fans at the Wando Athletic Complex.
Blythewood was 5-6 in the regular season and one of the losses was a five-touchdown decision to Lexington. But the Bengals have been outstanding in the second season. They beat Lexington, 32-28, last week and had a good defensive effort against the Warriors, who finished with a 7-6 record.
"To be honest with you, we probably played one of the toughest schedules in the state" Blythewood coach Reggie Kennedy said. "I felt if we could hold on and stay together, the schedule would help us this part of the year."
It certainly helps to have a talented athlete like quarterback Demetric Gray, who accounted for both touchdowns. He carried 28 times for 109 yards and a TD, and was 9 of 14 passing for 113 yards and a score.
"We played solid defense," Wando coach Jimmy Noonan said. "We contained Gray pretty well. We held them to 13 points."
Blythewood outgained Wando, 248-133, in total yards and the difference was in the passing game. Wando quarterback Josh Walker was 3 of 6 for 32 yards.
"We needed to throw the ball consistently in the second half," Noonan said. "We did an average job."
Blythewood took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Gray completed a 6-yard TD pass to Damar Hall to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive that lasted three minutes and 44 seconds.
Wando finally got untracked and on the scoreboard late in the third. Walker didn't complete a pass in the first half, but came up with two completions for 25 yards on the Warriors' scoring drive that lasted 12 plays and covered 44 yards. Dezmon Venning scored on a 4-yard run with 1:54 left in the third quarter. The Warriors lined up in their "water-bucket" formation on the PAT and snapper Evans Townsend found Babe Thomas open for conversion to give the Warriors and 8-7 lead.
But the Bengals answered with a 61-yard drive. Gray scored on a 3-yard keeper to give his team a 13-8 lead with 8:25 left in the game. He was stopped on the two-point conversion.
Cameron Rouse led Wando with 77 yards rushing on 19 carries.
The Bengals advanced to the third round. They will play Byrnes next week.
B--Damar Hall 6 pass from Demetric Gray (Greg Huegel kick)
W--Dezmon Venning 4 run (Babe Thomas pass from Evans Townsend)
B--Gray 3 run (run failed)