The Rock Hill Bearcats faced their share of adversity during a Saturday night contest against Blythewood at District Three Stadium.
First, the Bearcats had to start the contest without starting quarterback Corey Wessinger, who is out indefinitely with an injury sustained the previous week against South Pointe.
Then, there was the aftermath of last week's post-game skirmish, which resulted in several players facing suspensions from the S.C. High School League.
Then, there was the rescheduling of Thursday night's game itself after inclement weather forced the rescheduling on the Saturday date.
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But despite those obstacles, Bearcat coach Joe Montgomery offered no excuses for the 19-6 loss to Blythewood.
"Our defense played real well and really hung in there," Montgomery said. "Offensively, we just were unable to get it going."
Rock Hill (3-2) replaced Wessinger with sophomore Dewayne Cherry and junior Josh Erby. Both combined for eight completions for 67 yards. Running back Jonathan Adams took up the slack on the ground with 15 carries for 58 yards.
The Bearcats had several scoring opportunities. They took the opening kickoff at the Bengal 44 and drove to the 25 yard line. However, two negative plays forced the ball over on downs. Then, there was a 13-play, 69 yard drive to the one-inch line late in the second quarter.
A fourth-down attempt, however, was snuffed out by the Bengal defense for minus three yards, negating the threat.
"It was the fourth down play that we were unable to execute," Montgomery said.
Blythewood coach Reggie Kennedy described the goal line stand as the turning point of the contest.
"First of all, it kept them from scoring," Kennedy said with a grin in describing the magnitude of the red-zone stop. "But that really deflated Rock Hill and you could sense it."
The Bengals used a 39-yard first-quarter field goal from Greg Huegel to take a 3-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
Huegel added another field goal, this one from 36-yards, on the first Bengal possession of the second half for a 6-0 Blythewood advantage.
With the Bearcats unable to generate offensive momentum, Blythewood methodically controlled the tempo on the ground.
"What we did was to add an extra tight-end in order to establish our power game," Kennedy said. "That worked out well for us and you have to also give credit to our defense; they did an outstanding job."
The Bengal running game was able to set up two play action passes into the end zone late in the contest.
Quarterback Demetric Gray fired a 19-yard pass to Donald Goines early in the fourth for a 12-0 lead. He later found Javon Smith on a 32-yard scoring strike wit 4:32 remaining to put the game away.
Rock Hill did avoid the shutout when Cherry tossed a 7-yard fade pass to Jamel Jones during the final two minutes.
BLYTHEWOOD 19 ROCK HILL 6
B -- Greg Huegel 39-yard field goal
B -- Huegel 36-yard field goal
B -- Demetric Gray 19-yard pass to Donald Goines (pass failed)
B -- Gray 32-yard pass to Javon Smith (Huegel kick)
RH -- Dewayne Cherry 7-yard pass to Jamel Jones (pass failed)
RUSHING -- Blythewood: Devin Albert 10-15, Demetric Gary 9-37, Dean Beckford 15-42, Ben Ruiz 4-8. Rock Hill: Jonathan Adams 15-58, Josh Erby 7-(-15), Dewayne Cherry 8-30, John David Raad 1-(-36), Justin Stokes 1-0.
PASSING -- Blythewood: Demetric Gary 9-16-0-106, Joe Britt 1-2-0-9. Rock Hill: Josh Erby 2-11-1-6, Dewayne Cherry 6-10-1-61.
RECEIVING -- Blythewood: Devin Albert 2-28, Donald Goines 1-19, Joe Hass 1-8, Javon Smith 5-60, Demar Hall 5-60. Rock Hill: Jamal Jones 3-27, Jonathan Adams 1-(-1), Dre Williams 2-24, Tre Thompson 2-7.
RECORDS -- Blythewood 2-3, Rock Hill 3-2.