Jackets season comes to an abrupt
end with 23-0 loss to BHP


Graham Williams - Union Daily Times

HONEA PATH – Six years of frustration ended for Belton-Honea Path Friday night as the Bears shut out Union , 23-0, in the second round of the state 3-A playoffs.

The two teams had met five times in the playoffs since 1997, with the Yellow Jackets winning each time. Last year, Union dealt the Bears a 33-0 shutout.

This will be the first season since 1999 that the Yellow Jackets have failed to advance to the upperstate finals.

The Bears dominated the game, holding Union to less than 100 yards of total offense, including just 26 yards in the first half.

Poor field position hampered the Yellow Jackets throughout the first half and contributed to BHP’s first score. After Union was forced to punt from its own end zone, the Bears took over at the Yellow Jackets’ 42-yard line. From there, quarterback O’Bryan Clinkscales directed his team on an eight-play drive that ended when Chase Robinson scored from five yards out. Andrew Jenkins’ kick gave the Bears a 7-0 lead with 3:50 remaining in the first quarter.

After forcing Union to punt on its next possession BHP drove 50 yards in 12 plays for its second touchdown, with Clinkscales scoring from a yard out. The drive was kept alive by Trevance Jackson’s 25-yard reception on third down, when he tipped the ball and caught it for a first down.

Union didn’t get a first down until midway through the second quarter, when BHP was penalized for pass interference after L.J. Dye had returned a kickoff to the Bears’ 39-yard line. The scoring threat ended when quarterback Steven Brewington’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down at the BHP 28.

The Yellow Jackets forced a fumble to stop a BHP drive early in the third quarter and took over at their own 15-yard line. The drive stalled, however, and when punter David Gregory called for the ball it sailed over his head. He was forced to kick it out of the end zone, giving the Bears a safety and a 16-0 lead.

On the ensuing free kick, BHP fumbled the ball, but the Bears’ Kyle Coleman picked it up and ran all the way down to Union ’s 10-yard line. On first down, Robinson bulled his way through Yellow Jacket defenders for the touchdown and the Bears’ lead swelled to 23-0.

Union threatened three more times in the second half, but one drive ended with a fumble at the BHP 31-yard line and the other two were stopped by interceptions.

The Yellow Jackets end their season with a 6-6 record.


Union   0   0   0   0 – 0

BHP     7   7   9   0 – 0


BHP – Robinson 5 run (Jenkins kick)

BHP – Clinkscales 1 run (Jenkins kick)

BHP – Safety, ball kicked out of end zone

BHP – Robinson 10 run (Jenkins kick)


Unofficial statistics

First downs: Union 14, BHP 9

Yards rushing: Union 56, BHP 121

Yards passing: Union 41, BHP 69

Passing, A-C-I: Union 10-33-3, BHP 5-14-0

Penalties: Union 12-62, BHP 12-110


Individual statistics

Rushing: Sims (U) 5-5 yards, Brewington (U) 4-19 yards, Smith (U) 7-37 yards; Robinson (BHP) 18-70 yards, Clinkscales (BHP) 17-44 yards, Harper (BHP) 3-9 yards.

Passing: Brewington (U) 7-19-1 , 23 yards; Willis (U) 3-14-2 , 18 yards; Clinkscales (BHP) 5-13-0 , 69 yards, Robinson (BHP) 0-1-0, 0 yards.

Receiving: Dye (U) 3-12, Callahan (U) 3-20, Sims (U) 1-2, Smith (U) 1-4, Glenn (U) 1-1; Miller (BHP) 2-20, Robinson (BHP) 1-15, Jackson (BHP) 1-25, Culbertson (BHP) 1-9.


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