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      Blythewood coach wins big by losing

      BLYTHEWOOD (WACH)- As the Blythewood Bengals practice through early August in hopes of a winning season, one member of the program is also focused on losing.

      Losing weight.

      With the help of a former player and student, Blythewood head coach Dan Morgan signed up for the campaign "10 Cents a Pound," a website that allows its users to collect monetary pledges to support causes through weight loss.

      Morgan's cause? The Blythewood football team.

      "I wanted to do what was right for my football team and my family," Morgan said. "This was one of the ways I can't cheat anybody."

      A month in, Morgan is down 24 pounds. His goal is to drop 65 in 150 days.

      "I love being a part of the Blythewood community and I want to be a part of it for a long time," Morgan said. "If I don't do this now, I'm not going to be."

      The community has rallied around Coach Morgan. Blythewood Grille donates salads for him and a friend signed him up for a six-month membership to the local YMCA.

      "Everyone has found a way to keep me from cheating this," Morgan said. "I can't tell you how big the support has been."

      If you would like to keep up with Coach Morgan's journey, check out his Facebook page. Blythewood opens the regular season at South Pointe August 30.