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Blythewood Uses Two late Big Plays To Hold On For 21-17 Win Over Spring Valley

Blythewood Uses Two late Big Plays To Hold On For 21-17 Win Over Spring Valley

By Chris Dearing

Special to The State

Columbia--Blythewood coach Jason Seidel knew what was at stake when his Bengals traveled a few miles down the road for a key Region 4-AAAAA with rival Spring Valley. A loss would almost certainly have eliminated the Bengals from playoff contention, but a win would keep them right in the thick of things.

A couple of late big plays helped Blythewood hold on for a 21-17 victory over the Vikings, the first for this senior class in four tries.

Backup quarterback Angelo Donato scored on a 1-yard run late and the Blythewood defense did the rest to keep the Bengals in the thick of the race with front-runner Northwestern and second place Ridge View.

“Everything is wide open. Every team (in the region) is even and we’re going to beat on each other. This was a big one,” Seidel said. “It’s big for our seniors. They haven’t beat them since they’ve been here. This was something they really wanted.”

The win didn’t come without some tense moments.

The Bengals lost starting quarterback Jordan Burrell on the opening series of the second half. Donato, who transferred from North Carolina less than two weeks before the start of the season, helped engineer the winning drive along with running back Dhani Dixon.

Spring Valley (1-2) took a 17-14 lead on a 24-yard touchdown from DQ Smith to Evan Javis with 11:13 remaining. The Vikings had a chance to extend the lead on their next possession but missed a 38-yard field goal.

That’s when Donato and Davis went to work. They led much of the eight play, 80-yard drive for the winning score. Dixon, who finished with 126 yards on 23 carries, ripped off a 53-yard run on the first play to move the ball into the Vikings territory. Donato then powered his way in from a yard out with 5:21 remaining.

“I thought the offense did a great job driving the ball, eating the clock,” Seidel said. “That quarterback is one of the best in the state so keeping him off the field was one of our concerns and our kids kid it. They take the lead and our kids go right back down the field. It shows how competitive both teams are.”

The Vikings had one final chance. They drove to the Bengals 41-yard line but Chanceler Robertson made a diving interception at the 2-yard line with 1:47 remaining. Donato ran for one first down and Blythewood (2-1, 1-1) was able to run out the clock.

Spring Valley had to postpone their game with Northwestern last week. They lost the last time out by one to Ridge View.

“We had an opportunity to make that pass and it was right off our kids fingertips,” Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon said. “We catch that and maybe it’s a different ball game. Give Blythewood a lot of credit. We’ve been close the last two games. It’s hard to stomach.”

Things started slowly as each team only had one possession in the first quarter. Spring Valley took the opening kick and drove into the Red Zone before lining up for a field goal. But they faked it and the pass fell incomplete in the end zone.

The Bengals then went 87 yards in 11 plays and capped it off with a 3-yard TD run by Jordan Burrell. The Vikings responded with a 21-yard field goal by PJ Ulengchong.

The teams traded fireworks in the final minutes of the half. Blythewood extended the lead to 14-3 when Chad Ishmal went between two Spring Valley defenders for a 38-yard scoring catch.

But Smith, who finished with 273 yards and two touchdowns, guilded a 5-play, 59-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard scoring strike to Ty’Sean Osby to bring the Spring Valley within 14-10 at the half.

Evan Javis gave the Vikings it’s only lead of the night when he took a screen pass in the flat and turned it into a 24-yard touchdown.

“It feels great,” Dixon said. “The team deserves it and the coaches deserve it. The O-line does good. It was good to get the Dub.”



2nd Quarter

B – Jordan Burrell 3 run (Andrew Davidson kick) 11:30

SV – PJ Ulengchong 21 FG 7:31

B – Chad Ishmal 38 pass from Jordan Burrell (Davidson kick) 1:01

SV – Ty-Sean Osby 30 pass from DQ Smith (Ulengchong kick) 0:05

4th Quarter

SV – Evan Javis 24 pass from Smith (Ulengchong kick) 11:13

B – Angelo Donato 1 run (Davidson kick) 5:21


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