By: Robert Hendrix – May 4, 2019
DP was in attendance at Blythewood High this afternoon as they hosted the JL Mann Patriots in the Semi-Finals of the Upper State AAAAA playoffs. This was the first matchup of the two teams this season, and the winner would gain the upper hand on the road to the State Championship series. However, these two head coaches are familiar with each other, squaring off in the state championship series in 2016. A scorching afternoon, with potential bad weather in the forecast, saw the host Bengals send senior stalwart John Lanier to the mound while the Patriots countered with young lefty Peyton Nelson.