Spring Valley gave Blythewood fits and starts as both teams opened Region 4-4A play at Harry Parone Stadium on Friday night.
But the Vikings could not keep the Bengals' offense down in the closing minutes as Blythewood quarterback Daniel Young hit receiver Damar Hall with a 55-yard go-ahead touchdown to lift the Bengals (6-1) to a 21-17 victory.
"Spring Valley is a much-improved team," Blythewood coach Geremy Saitz said. "All those guys kept fighting and kept battling, and we were fortunate enough to have some plays go our way down there at the end."
Down 17-7 late in the fourth quarter, Blythewood pulled to within 17-14 after Young found Hall for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 8:54 left in the game.
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After the Blythewood defense held the Vikings (2-4) deep in their own territory, the Bengals took over at their own 32 and put together a 9-play, 68-yard, game-winning drive.
"Our players have great character as well," Saitz said. "They kept battling, they kept fighting, they kept plugging away when things weren't going our way. This shows a lot about the character of our players. We're very proud of them."
Brandon Wilds crossed the 1,000-yard threshold with a 121-yard, one-touchdown performance on 20 carries. Damar Hall had two catches - both touchdowns - for 72 yards.
For Spring Valley, now riding a four-game losing skid, it was another difficult loss.
"The kids played hard," Spring Valley coach Quay Farr said. "We've lost some games here, two out of the last three losses have come in the fourth quarter; we're still not making plays when we need to. The big plays are killing us."
The little plays, however, put Spring Valley in a good position to snap their streak. Led by Markese Mason, who rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries, the Vikings strung together a solid running game that gave them a 17-7 lead in the third quarter.
Spring Valley's Jerrion Manning picked off a Daniel Young pass to start the second half, and Mason capped the Vikings' 37-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Vikings kicker Kevin Knapp, who had missed on a 37-yard field goal attempt in the first half, made good on another 37-yarder to give the Vikings a 17-7 lead with 10 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Both teams traded quick scores in the first quarter and battled to a 7-7 tie in the first half.
Mason scored from 5 yards out to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead late in the opening quarter.
On the Bengals' ensuing drive, Wilds ripped off a 37-yard run down to the Spring Valley 10. Two plays later, Wilds pushed past the goal line for a 1-yard score with 13 seconds left in the first.
Both teams missed field goal attempts in the second quarter.
Blythewood 7 0 0 14 - 21
Spring Valley 7 0 10 0 - 17
S-Mason 6 run (Knapp kick) 3:24
B-Wilds 1 run (Sharpe kick) :13
S-Mason 4 run (Knapp kick) 6:54
S-Knapp 37 field goal :10
B-Hall 17 pass from Young (Sharpe kick) 8:04
B-Hall 55 pass from Young (Sharpe kick) 3:48
Blythewood Spring Valley
First Downs 15 16
Rushes-Yards 36-173 54-180
Passing Yards 147 82
Att-Com-Int 5-16-1 9-20-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 1-10 2-20
Punts-Avg. 4-31.2 5-39.6