PICKENS — The Blue Flame lost their second conference game Friday on the road against Belton Honea-Path, 45-3. It was a disappointing loss that resulted in dropping their season record to 1-6, 0-2 in region play.
Going into Friday’s game, the Bears’ (6-1, 1-0) only loss of the season was the week 4 road game at TL Hanna. Wins against Palmetto and at Emerald had spirits running high as Pickens came to town.
Offensively, Pickens tried just about everything in the playbook but the Blue Flame was only able to eek out a field goal in the second quarter.
BHP put up 24 points in the first half — a touchdown in the first followed by two TDs and a field goal in the second — before heading to the locker rooms with a 21 point lead.
During the third, the Bears continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, scoring 21 points and holding the Blue Flame at bay.
The fourth quarter was scoreless for both teams and the final whistle sounded with BHP on top 45-3.
Pickens struggled with BHP’s defense and only managed six first downs the entire game. The almost continuous three-and-outs resulted in BHP’s time-of-possession exceeding PIckens’ by nearly 10 minutes.
All in all, Pickens managed 49 total plays to the Bears’ 70 and racked up 35 yards in penalties.
Up next for the Blue Flame is Wren.
The Golden Hurricanes (3-4, 2-0) are coming off two big wins in a row, a 35-30 victory over Daniel followed by the 49-42 shootout against Greenville.
If Pickens wants to stay competitive they are going to have to shut Wren QB Jay Ulrich down — which could be tricky — because Ulrich is just as likely to take off with the ball as he is to lob it down field.
Blue Flame D better bring their A game this Friday.
Kickoff for Wren at Pickens is Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.