Silver Bluff remains undefeated with win over Midland Valley

Silver Bluff 17, Midland Valley 7

LANGLEY — Silver Bluff wasted two quarters trying to get out of its own way, but when the Bulldogs finally woke up they were able to hold on for a 17-7 road win over rival Midland Valley.


The Bulldogs (4-0) were also undefeated last season when a winless Midland Valley team pulled off a one-point upset. The Mustangs nearly did it again thanks to a surprising second-half passing game and Silver Bluff’s problems with the penalty flags.

“We had some big plays called back,” Bulldogs coach Al Lown said. “We didn’t come out here very focused tonight. Give them a lot of credit. They played tough on us. They always play a tough game.”

Three potential game-changing plays from the Silver Bluff offense were called back by penalties, including two that would have gone for touchdowns. A 42-yard pass was negated by an illegal shift on the opening drive of the game.

The Bulldogs found the endzone with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first half but movement in the backfield once again wiped out the play, and Silver Bluff had to settle for Pedro Zambrano’s 29-yard field goal and a 10-0 halftime lead.

Shaquez Wright’s 75-yard catch and run for a touchdown late in the third quarter was also called back for holding.

“The boys weren’t ready to play tonight,” Wright said of his teammates. “We weren’t focused. We had to wake up.”

Wright sparked his team with 110 rushing yards on 21 carries, but it nearly wasn’t enough when Midland Valley completely mixed things up to start the second half, bringing in freshman quarterback Daniel Carr. The backup, who scored four touchdowns in a junior varsity game Thursday night, only played in the second half and threw for 143 yards. He completed three consecutive passes of 17 yards or more in an 80-yard scoring drive, including a scrambling-lengthened 29-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Brown for the Mustang’s only score early in the third quarter.

But Silver Bluff returned to its effective two-tight end set for a clock-killing drive in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach. R.J. Stallings, one of four Silver Bluff ball carriers to top 40 rushing yards, scored from 13 yards out with 9:40 left to take a two-score lead.

Midland Valley’s final drive of the game was stopped at the goal line when Daniel Carr’s pass was intercepted by Tyler Fishalow with under a minute to play.

Daniel Carr, the first cousin of starting tailback Dre Carr, completed 8 of 17 passes. His favorite target, Brown, hauled in five receptions for 106 yards.

“We’re just trying to take what they gave us,” Midland Valley coach Rick Knight said of the new offensive approach in the second half. “There were some things that were available to us. Daniel did a good job reading some things.”

Silver Bluff managed just 22 yards through the air on one completed pass, but the ground game tallied 265 yards and two touchdowns on 52 carries.

Silver Bluff 17, Midland Valley 7

PLAY OF THE GAME: Tyler Fishalow sealed the win with a fourth-quarter, goal-line interception that finally stopped freshman quarterback Daniel Carr and a surging Midland Valley offense.

STAR OF THE GAME: Silver Bluff tailback Shaquez Wright rushed for 110 yards on 21 carries in a run-heavy, Wing-T offense.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start with a better second-half effort, finding their footing with a sustained fourth-quarter scoring drive.

WHY MIDLAND VALLEY LOST: The Mustangs wasted two quarters on an ineffective running game and had to rely on the scrambling efforts of a freshman quarterback to keep the offensive moving down the field.

NEXT: Silver Bluff vs. Strom Thurmond, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Midland Valley at Baptist Hill, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Silver Bluff 17, Midland Valley 7

Silver Bluff 0 10 0 7 – 17

Midland Valley 0 0 7 0 – 7

Second Quarter

SB–Dontay Ingram 9 run (Pedro Zambrano kick), 3:14

SB–Zambrano 29 field goal, 0:00

Third Quarter

MV–Kameron Brown 29 pass from Daniel Carr (Ben Padgett kick), 5:11.

Fourth Quarter

R.J. Stallings 13 run (Zambrano kick), 9:40

First Downs199
Passing Yards22155


RUSHING–Silver Bluff: Shaquez Wright 21-110, R.J. Stallings 7-56-1, Dontay Ingram 7-41-1, Ladarise Williams 6-12, Myles Corbitt 7-45, Jalen Jackson 4-1. Midland Valley: Dre Carr 17-88, Daniel Carr 6-5, Trenton Baughman 2-5.

PASSING–Silver Bluff: Jalen Jackson 1-3-0 for 22. Midland Valley: Trenton Baughman 2-4-0 for 12, Daniel Carr 8-17-1 for 143.

RECEIVING–Silver Bluff: R.J. Stallings 1-22. Midland Valley: Kameron Brown 5-106, Dre Carr 1-4, Caleb Glenn 1-4, Christian Belcher 1-21, Logan Wheat 1-17, G. Scott 1-3.