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Blythewood High School

Blythewood misses playoffs in Smith’s first year

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Blythewood—It wasn’t an ideal first season for Blythewood football coach Brian Smith. The Bengals started the year 3-2, but a rash of injuries at key positions derailed any sort of continuity.

The team then dropped its last five games and failed to make the playoffs. However, the groundwork for the future was laid.

“We faced a lot of adversity this season. We had several injuries to major players, but I thought the guys fought hard all season. They did a good job of battling to the end,” Smith said. “We’ll get better. It was a great learning experience for the younger guys. They got plenty of reps that they normally wouldn’t. Hopefully they’ve seen what it takes and we can build this into a championship program.”

Blythewood will lose a big group of seniors, led by linebacker and leading tackler Jack Monroe, who made 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks.

Linebackers Spencer Jones and Jhevon Daughtry, cornerback Jaydon Brunson, defensive tackle Brandon Tucker, wide receiver Chris Woodall, defensive end Deron Epps and offensive/defensive lineman Tevin Thom are others who will have to be replaced.

“Those guys were the backbone of this senior class and we’ll definitely miss them,” Smith said.

The Bengals have a strong junior class returning in 2018, with outside linebacker Patrick Godbolt being one of the top playmakers. He recorded 68 tackles, 23stops behind the line of scrimmage, 10 sacks and an interception this fall.

“He’s arguably one of the top outside linebackers in the state. I expect him to get some major offers soon,” Smith said.

Blythewood will also have quarterback Quinton Patten coming back after he missed half the season with a broken ankle. Running backs Jaylon Boyd and Brandon Edwards, wide receiver Jakob Owens and linebacker Brady Carson return as well.

The offseason has already begun for the Bengals, as the team sets out to build strength and endurance over the next few months in preparation for spring practice.

“The main focus now is the weight room. We’ve got to get bigger, faster and stronger, and be able to push people around,” Smith said.

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