Josh Stepp has a good feel for Blythewood’s District 2 Stadium.
For the second week in a row, the Lexington Wildcats coach saw his team prevail over the home team.
Ridge View fell to the Wildcats at home two weeks ago in Week 1. Friday night, it was Blythewood’s turn.
Wildcats quarterback Will Hunter fired a pass to Keelo Norris for a 29-yard touchdown with 19 seconds remaining to escape with a 30-27 victory against the Bengals.
“We talk to these kids all the time about having guts and getting the job done no matter what you’re facing, and they did tonight,” Stepp said. “I can’t even put into words how I feel.”
Hunter finished 21-for-33 with two touchdown passes and two interceptions. Brentley Allen had seven catches for 107 yards and a score.
“What that kid has, you can’t coach,” Stepp said of Hunter. “With his heart and his competitiveness, he’s unbelievable.”
Blythewood (0-2) appeared poised for a win after a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the final minute of the game. Lynard Jamison powered into the end zone from 19 yards out to give the Bengals a 27-24 lead with 1:39 left.
It turned out to be enough time for Hunter and the Wildcats (2-0).
Hunter connected on quick passes of 3, 8, 13 and 7 yards before the Bengals were called for a facemask. That set the Wildcats with a first down on the Blythewood 28 with 28 seconds left.
Two plays later, Hunter found Norris for the game-winner.
Blythewood placekicker Greg Huegel’s 55-yard field goal attempt fell a few yards short of the crossbar as time expired.
“It was a great ball game,” Blythewood coach Dan Morgan said.
“We wish we took control coming into the second half, but we missed our opportunities to do that. But the kids handled the adversity and still kept coming back.”
Blythewood wasted no time on its opening drive. Powered with a Smith run of 24 yards and a Joseph Richardson 35-yard burst, the Bengals went 72 yards in four plays and scored on Lynard Jamison’s 4-yard touchdown run with 10:30 to go in the first.
Lexington responded with a clock-eating drive that died at the Blythewood 3. After the Bengals’ goal-line stand, however, Marquise Knight fumbled the ball away. Two plays later, Hunter dove in from 1 to tie the game.
After a pair of field goals, the Bengals took the lead on a 63-yard drive capped with a Jamison 2-yard rumble with 1:28 left before intermission.
Lexington tied the game on a 44-yard Hunter to Brentley Allen touchdown strike in the third quarter, but Blythewood took a 20-17 lead on a 25-yard Huegel field goal.
Lexington went up 24-20 on Grayson Chumley’s 2-yard score early in the fourth, which set up the late-game fireworks.
“We’re going to be OK,” Morgan said. “We lost 42 seniors from our team last year, but a lot of guys are stepping up.”
B—Lynard Jamison 4 run (Greg Huegel kick) 10:30
L—Will Hunter 1 run (Christian Kinsley kick) 2:52
B—Huegel 31 field goal 10:48
L—Kinsley 38 field goal 5:16
B—Jamison 2 run (Huegel kick) 1:28
L—Brentley Allen 44 pass from Hunter (Kinsley kick) 8:45
B—Huegel 25 field goal :15
L –Grayson Chumley 2 run (Kinsley kick) 9:48
B—Jamison 19 run (Huegel kick) 1:39
L—Keelo Norris 28 pass from Hunter (kick failed) :19
RUSHING—Lex, Carrol 18-88 Hunter 6-14, Chumley 8-72, Carr 1-1. Blythewood, Smith 13-78, Richardson 4-41, Jamison 11-47, Knight 2-2, Benson 4-13, Thomas 4-12, Israel 1-6.
PASSING—Lex, Hunter 33-21-2. Blythewood, Smith 19-12-0, Israel 6-4-0.
RECEIVING—Lex, Norris 6-63, Allen 6-107, Abrams 2-6, Brown 2-22, Hopper 3-31, Carroll 1-4, Brittingham 1-3. Blythewood, Grayer 4-36, Jamison 7-75, Rabon 3-25, Churn 2-26.