BLYTHEWOOD AT SUMMERVILLE
Blythewood notes: The Bengals (4-7) made the state cut by finishing in third place in Region 4. Since the school debut with two outstanding seasons (going 24-1 in 2006-07 and winning a Class 3A state title in its first varsity campaign), Blythewood has gone 17-16 and 0-1 in state playoff matters The Bengals have had offensive issues all season, averaging just 219.9 yards and 14.9 points a game. Blythewood’s offensive leaders include RB (169-793-7) is the top rusher, QB Demetric Gray (89-for-189 passing, 1119 yards, 12 TDs) and WR Damar Hall (42-722-11) Defensive standouts include Kyle Edwards (96 tackles), Montel Richardson (84 tackles, 12 TFL, 5 sacks) and JoJo Johnson (66 tackles, 17 TFL, 6 sacks).
Summerville: The Green Wave went 9-2 under legendary coach John McKissick, who boasts a 585-135-13 career record in 60 years of high school coaching – 59 in Summerville . The Wave, as usual, has plenty of offensive weapons, including RB DeAngelo Henderson, QB Dalton Saunders and WR Chris Williams Henderson went over 2,000 yards for his career last week in a 49-14 rout of Colleton County in last week;s regular season finale – ringing up 280 yards and four touchdowns on 21 totes Summerville shared Region 8 honors with Fort Dorchester and Beaufort with 3-1 conference records.
Playoff history: The Bengals are 5-1 in state playoff games, but have only played one postseason game since 2006 – a 45-0 loss to Sumter in its first-ever 4A playoff game The vaunted Green Wave, on the other hand, are on a completely different level. Summerville has never failed to make the playoff cut since the dawn of the modern era in 1970. Moreover, the Wave stands at 69-33 in playoff matters in the modern era, is fourth in playoff wins, third in playoff games and 16th in postseason winning percentage among all teams that have played at least 10 games. Summerville has secured seven state titles during the span – a total topped only by Byrnes (9).