Tonight I headed down to see BHP and DWD in Belton, SC and visit with Coach Russell Blackston to see what he's hiding down there between Anderson and Greenwood. This is an off the beaten path high school and one I really enjoy visiting. It has a very rabid, hometown, proud fanbase, and coach Blackston has his system firmly in place. Always count on the Bears to be competitive every single year in Western 3A here in South Carolina.
Visiting will be Coach Randy Robinson and his very young and under sized DW Daniel Lions. It's not your prototypical DWD squad, as this version of the Lions is leaning on a quick-release passing game instead of the tried and true DWD run game they have taken pride in over the years that Coach Robinson has been in place.
But regardless, there is a lot of talent on the team and some with Clemson ties, as we cover 2018 QB Ben Batson, 2016 OL Cade Stewart and 2018 LB Jake Venables. Dabo Swinney took in the game with Strength and Conditioning Coach Joey Batson. Dabo's son, Will, plays WR for the Lions, and Batson's son is QB.
What a Ballgame down to the last seconds. DWD and BHP in an absolute Upstate Classic! Great game all the way around as DWD was coming into this game an underdog, and with BHP and their excellent home field advantage, things were gonna be tough regardless. Crowds at BHP are always very energetic and stands are always full when Coach Blackston's Bears take the field.
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney was in attendance to root on the Daniel Lions along with Strength & Conditioning Coach Joey Batson, father of Ben Batson, starting QB for the Lions. Coach Swinney's son, Will, is the leading WR for the Lions.
Ben Batson was 9/9 for 192 and 4 TDS in the FIRST HALF. The game went back and forth, each team striking with long TDs on their first possessions. At the half, DWD had a 13-point lead and saw that evaporate in the 3rd quarter, as BHP erased that and took a 1-point lead into the 4th and went from there. Going into the final minute, it was 48-42 with DWD near mid-field. The ball game ends with Daniel missing a 2-point conversion in the final seconds of the game, losing 48-47. Ben Batson threw a 49 yard pass down to the 4-yard line and then took it in on his own from 4 yards out. Instead of going for the tie, DWD went for the win and missed the 2-point Conversion.
Congrats to Coach Russell Blackston and his Belton-Honea Path Bears on the great win. You know it's the talk of the town in Belton and Honea Path tonight, heck the folks in Pelzer may even be talking about this one!
Batson QB keeper
Batson long pass play
Batson TD pass
Daniel zone read
Daniel fumble recovery
Nice catch by BHP TE
Nice sweep by BHP
TD run by BHP QB
BHP out pattern
BHP kickoff return
BHP QB zone read
BHP long TD run
2018 LB Jake Venables Clemson, Texas Tech, SMU have all offered.
2016 OL Cade Stewart has offers from Furman, PC and host of FCS teams and is awaiting word from Clemson on if there is a spot for the Upstate road grader.
2018 QB Prospect Ben Batson