These 3 things helped Powdersville defeat BHP in the region opener

Powdersville won 47-32 over Belton-Honea Path Thursday night to secure a vital region victory and make a big step toward a region championship.

It was the first region game but BHP (5-1, 0-1 Region 2-AAA) looked to be Powdersville's toughest competition within Region 2-AAA, and vice-versa. The Patriots (5-1, 1-0) came out on top after a competitive first half where Powdersville led 28-14 at halftime.

These three things helped the Patriots take the lid off and blow past BHP:

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Did it for No. 2

Powdersville was already amped for the game against BHP.

It was the toughest region opponent on the schedule and essentially the region championship being that they’re the only two programs with a winning record among region teams.

But the Patriots had extra motivation on top of that because one of their star players were sidelined.

“We’re doing it for 2,” senior Trez Fowler said. “This is a big one, it’s a very big one. Once 2 got injured, everybody had to set back the loss (to Hillcrest). It ruined us. And we had to set back and come back harder.”

Powdersville senior Drake Sloan(4) reacts after nearly scoring near Belton Honea Path Dillon Gilbert (21) during the second quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Powdersville senior Drake Sloan(4) reacts after nearly scoring near Belton Honea Path Dillon Gilbert (21) during the second quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.

The No. 2 is worn by senior linebacker Jalen Rambert.

Rambert, an Upstate Dandy Dozen selection in the preseason, was on crutches with a knee injury Thursday and could possibly be done for the season.

It’s the first game Rambert has missed since his freshman year.

“It’s really great just hearing them say for the rest of the year they’re playing for me,” Rambert said. “It’s always nice, I’ve been playing with these guys since I was 10. So, definitely a good thing to hear they think of me that highly and are going to do that for me.”

Rambert was an essential part of the Patriots’ defense and was even a solid option at running back for short-yardage situations.

Powdersville Head Football Coach Robert Mustar during the second quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Powdersville Head Football Coach Robert Mustar during the second quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Without him, Powdersville is missing a part of its identity.

“Hearts go out to that kid. Don’t know exactly what’s going on, (but) it’s not looking great,” Powdersville coach Robert Mustar said. But he’s got a bright future playing on Saturdays and our kids rallied around him. The rest of the season, if he’s not able to get in, we’re doing it for 2. And he deserves that.

“There’s a lot of kids I can say are the heart and soul of our program, but that kid has been doing it since his ninth grade year. He’s helped raise the standards in this program and he’s still got a job to do, and that’s to keep those standards there.”

Penalties and miscues

Powdersville had some help from BHP as the Bears had some costly turnovers and penalties throughout.

Belton Honea Path Head Coach Russell Blackston  talks with Belton Honea Path sophomore Shaheem Robbs (8) during the first quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Belton Honea Path Head Coach Russell Blackston talks with Belton Honea Path sophomore Shaheem Robbs (8) during the first quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.

BHP’s first play on the opening drive was a fumble that set up Powdersville for a short touchdown.

In the second quarter, Powdersville knocked in a field goal but a penalty on BHP took off the three points and gifted Powdersville with a new set of downs. The Patriots went on to score a touchdown on the drive.

In the third quarter, a blocked BHP punt was returned for a touchdown by senior Trez Fowler.

Belton Honea Path senior Nevada Billups (15) runs by Powdersville senior Jack Quarles(43) for a touchdown during the fourth quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Belton Honea Path senior Nevada Billups (15) runs by Powdersville senior Jack Quarles(43) for a touchdown during the fourth quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.

“I think we fell apart a little bit,” BHP coach Russell Blackston said. “I think our communication – something happened. I don’t know. Something in there happened and you know, we’ve just got to rebound and go play game number seven.”

BHP ended with 11 penalties for 105 yards, while Powdersville had four penalties for 60 yards.

Thomas Williams

Every week Virginia Tech commit Thomas Williams is on the field he makes plays. Against BHP was no different, even with an ailment.

“We had Thomas Williams and Drake Sloan, last period of the day talking about how they had sinus stuff and how their head was pounding,” Mustar said. “The kids toughed it out … Every kid stepped it up tonight.”

Powdersville senior Thomas Williams(21) scores a touchdown against Belton Honea Path during the fourth quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.
Powdersville senior Thomas Williams(21) scores a touchdown against Belton Honea Path during the fourth quarter at Powdersville High in Greenville, S.C. Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Williams admitted to feeling sick and having an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. After the game he was coughing so hard he had to take his shoulder pads off to lie down.

But during the game, Williams showed no signs of weakness. He ended the night with 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.

Joshua Miller covers high school sports for The Anderson Independent-Mail. Have questions, story ideas, scores and stats involving high school athletics? Send them to his email at jdmiller@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter: @NameIsJoshua

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