The formula for success seemed so simple for Belton-Honea Path coach Russell Blackston while analyzing his team's 37-7 playoff victory over Chester.
"The first thing that we always want to do is play defense. The second is that we want to run the ball," Blackston said.
The undefeated Bears carried out that game plan to perfection and dismantled the Cyclones in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
BHP used a balanced offensive attack to accumulate 434 total yards while also displaying solid defense to hold the explosive Cyclones well below their scoring average.
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"Chester has a heck of a team, but what we did was to stay in our base defense package. Offensively, we are very similar to them with a zone base," Blackston said. "Our players had an outstanding game."
Chester did score in the first quarter with Julius Pendergrass running 10 yards into the end zone for a 7-7 tie. They did mount two other scoring threats inside the Bears' 20, but one resulted in the ball being turned over on downs and the other ended with a blocked field goal.
Otherwise, the contest was frustrating for the Cyclone offense, which entered the game averaging approximately 28 points per game.
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BHP - Dajun Martin 42 pass from Cody Spence (Julio Gomez kick)
C - Julius Pendergrass 10 run (Joey Ford kick)
BHP - Darrius Williams 22 pass from Spence (Cameron Park kick)
BHP - Charles Lindsey 2 run (Gomez kick)
BHP - Gomez 22 field goal
BHP - Keinan Lewis 14 pass from Spence (kick failed)
BHP - Tyler McGill 1 run (Gomez kick)
RUSHING -- BHP: Markel Jones 12-57, Tyler McGill 7-29, Darrius Williams 6-76, Eric Taylor 6-25, Charles Lindsey 5-6, Cody Spence 4-(-6), Jarius Scott 3-11, Sheheem Starls 2-4, Dejuan Martin 1-4, Mark Hill 1-4. Chester: Julius Pendergrass 9-42, Tony McNeal 5-(-20), K.J. Dixon 2-5.
PASSING -- BHP: Spence 14-22-0-217. Chester: McNeal 11-20-2-121.
RECEIVING -- BHP: Matt Williams 5-37, Keinan Lewis 3-49, Corey White 2-51, Dejuan Martin 2-49, Williams 1-24, Scott 1-7. Chester: Deon Strong 3-55, Brent Minter 2-21, Emery Frederick 2-20, Deterrion Hardin 2-15, Darriel Rambert 1-8, Pendergrass 1-2.
RECORDS: Belton-Honea Path 12-0, Chester 7-5.