Silver Bluff runs past Barnwell



PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Beating Barnwell is always a good thing for Silver Bluff’s players, coaches and fans.

The Region 5-AA foes – separated by about 30 miles on Highway 278 – have a long history of fierce battles. Regular-season wins are sweet, and victories in the postseason even more so.

The Bulldogs used a strong rushing attack to eliminate their rivals, 28-0, in the second round of the Class AA Division II playoffs Friday night at The Bluff.

Silver Bluff defeated Barnwell 33-16 in the regular-season finale two weeks ago. The Bulldogs (10-1) received a first-round bye in the playoffs, while Barnwell (3-9) knocked off North Charleston 45-20 in the opening round.

Silver Bluff’s concerns about playing a team twice in one season, especially a rival, proved unfounded.

“Especially understanding they had some momentum at the end of the year,” Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. “If they had been a team that had given up ... but give credit to coach (Ed) Moore, they played hard tonight.

“It’s always good to beat Barnwell,” Lown said.

Silver Bluff jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. After Barnwell attempted an onside kick to begin the game, the Bulldogs took over on their 37 and went downfield without much trouble. Shaquez Wright scored the touchdown on a 9-yard run.

Things didn’t get better for the Warhorses. After picking up a first down, Barnwell fumbled and Silver Bluff’s Jalen Douse recovered. Jaylen Lawrence rolled 38 yards on the next play for the score.

Two possessions later, Silver Bluff pushed the lead to 21-0 thanks to a 33-yard scamper by Wright.

Lawrence scored on a 9-yard run midway through the third quarter for the game’s final score.

Silver Bluff used a stout defense that forced four turnovers and held the Warhorses to zero passing yards.

Douse, who also intercepted a pass in addition to his fumble recovery, credited his teammates.

“All we wanted to do was win,” he said. “It took a team effort to do it.”

It was almost a repeat of last year’s scenario when Silver Bluff defeated Barnwell 28-27 in overtime to end the season, then beat the Warhorses 17-0 in the second round of the playoffs.

After losing their season opener to Strom Thurmond, the Bulldogs have now won 10 games in a row. Up next is a home playoff game against Woodland.

“It was a pretty solid win for us, and that’s what we needed,” Lown said.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Facing fourth and short at the Barnwell 9, QB Jaylen Lawrence faked a handoff, rolled to his right and scored to put the game out of reach.

STAR OF THE GAME: Silver Bluff’s Shaquez Wright rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs forced good field position all night and used their athleticism to knock off their rivals.

WHY BARNWELL LOST: The Warhorses never mounted any sustained threats on offense and committed four turnovers.

NEXT: Woodland at Silver Bluff, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Silver Bluff 28, Barnwell 0

Barnwell 0 0 0 0 – 0

Silver Bluff 14 7 7 0 – 28

First Quarter

SB–Shaquez Wright 9 run (Nicholas Casares kick), 8:05

SB–Jaylen Lawrence 38 run (Casares kick), 4:15

Second Quarter

SB–Wright 33 run (Casares kick), 9:02

Third Quarter

SB–Lawrence 9 run (Casares kick), 7:46

First Downs914
Passing Yards07


RUSHING–Barnwell: Jamari Dunbar 17-80, William Barnes 7-27, BJ Patterson 1-0, Detrevian Johnson 5-19, Alex Donaldson 5-30, Dondre Akins 1-0, A. Jenkins 3-22. Silver Bluff: RJ Stallings 7-40, Shaquez Wright 18-193, DeAngilo Drayton 3-28, Jaylen Lawrence 7-60, Myles Corbitt 7-28.

PASSING–Barnwell: William Barnes 0-6-1 for 0. Silver Bluff: Jaylen Lawrence 1-4-1 for 7.

RECEIVING–Silver Bluff: RJ Stallings 1-7.