High School Sports

Bearcats offense bursts by Bengals

Blythewood's Brandon Wilds scores a touchdown against Rock Hill on Friday.
Blythewood's Brandon Wilds scores a touchdown against Rock Hill on Friday.

Rock Hill seemed to forget to play defense in several instances Friday nights in a 50-21 victory against Blythewood.

The latest spell had Bearcats defensive coordinator Mike Martin yelling into his headphones from the press box at District Three Stadium to his assistants on the field.

But the Bearcats offense showed once again it knows how to light up a scoreboard.

The Bengals have posted a total of 459 points this season as they ran their record to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in Region 4A.

The Bearcats' win, coupled with South Point's 52-0 road victory against Spring Valley, set up a meeting Friday at District Three Stadium for the region title.

"This was a big win for us because now no matter what happens next week we are assured of a first-round home playoff game," Bearcats coach Joe Montgomery said. "If we had lost tonight it would have created a possible three-way tie that would have include Blythewood. We just don't have enough points to have finished first or second if the three of us ended up tied.

Leading the way for Rock Hill was tailback Jamal Tyler with 22 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns. But running back/receiver/quarterback Jatavius Stewart notched touchdown runs of 73 and 79 yards on two of his three carries.

"We have good speed and if our blockers give us a small hole we have a shot at taking it all the way," Stewart said. "All of our blockers gave us the space we needed. That group up front, they are getting better and better. Those guys are very good sand are the key to our success."

Rock Hill lead 17-0 after the first quarter on touchdown runs by Tyler and Stewart and Fernando Gonzalez's 26-yard field goal.

Four touchdowns, two by each team, highlighted the second quarter and the Bearcats led 31-14 after Blythewood's Demonta Brown dashed off a 91-yard kickoff return.

Rock Hill outscored Blythewood 19-7 in the second half and led 50-14 on Aaron Hemphill's 22-yard touchdown pass from Randall Dixon.

"We see 50 points on the scoreboard, and it feels good because know we did our job," Bearcats offensive lineman Ruben Velazquez said. "We like blocking for our backs. All of them are fast. We know if we open a hole, they are fast enough to run it in no matter where we are on the field."