High School Sports

Football: Blythewood at Lower Richland

Site: Diamond Mine. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Lower Richland notes: The Diamond Hornets (2-2) pull off the biggest win of the J.W. Montgomery Era last week, downing highly regarded Airport 21-16 on the road. LR had not been at .500 after the first four games of a season since 1995 … Nicholas Smith’s 1-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter capped a 90-yard scoring and put the Diamonds ahead for good … LR finished with 427 offensive yards – 208 by land, 219 by air. Keith Skerritt led the way with 164 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Smith was 16-for-28 passing for 219 yards.

Blythewood notes: After giving up 81 points in losses to Fairfield Central and Crestwood kin the first two weeks of the season, the Bengals defense has fashioned a remarkable turnaround. It began with a 12-7 win over Richland Northeast, and continued a week ago in a 20-0 conquest of Dutch Fork … Blythewood (2-2) was dominant defensively against the Silver Foxes, who managed just 10 net yards rushing and 96 overall. On the attack, Brandon Wilds had two touchdown runs and Aaron Mayes booted two field goals (31 and 38 yards). C.J. Edwards finished with 93 yards rushing on 22 carries … The defensive revival has been a team effort, but Curtis Hill, John Lawhorn and Justin Anderson have played prominent roles. Hill has 22 tackles, six tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Lawhorn has 33 tackles, three TFL, two sacks, four hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Anderson has 20 tackles, four TFL, six hurries, two forced fumbled and one blocked kick.

Series history: The teams will be meeting for the first time in football on Friday night.

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