Bulldogs win shootout with Mustangs

PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Two things typically happen when Midland Valley and Silver Bluff meet in football.


The visiting team has won each of the five meetings, and the games are usually close: the biggest margin of victory since the teams began their rivalry was 13 points.

But Friday night at The Bluff, Silver Bluff defied both of those trends as it defeated Midland Valley 53-33.

Each team put up more than 500 yards on offense in an entertaining showcase of some of Aiken County’s top talent, but the Bulldogs (4-1) pulled away thanks to five unanswered touchdowns that spanned the second and third quarters.

“We felt we could run the ball on them, and it turned out we had some success doing that,” said Silver Bluff coach Al Lown, who watched his team rush for 494 yards.

Midland Valley (2-2) struck first when Trenton Baughman took a slant pass from Daniel Carr and raced 67 yards into the end zone.

Silver Bluff responded with RJ Stallings’ 16-yard run. The Mustangs responded with a 19-yard touchdown run by Dre’ Carr to take a 13-7 lead after the first quarter.

But the Bulldogs owned the second quarter with 20 unanswered points. Jaylen Lawrence, Shaquez Wright and Myles Corbitt all scored on short runs as the host team took a 27-13 lead at intermission.

Stallings broke the game open early in the third quarter with a 68-yard burst up the middle on the first play of the second half. Then, after Midland Valley was forced to punt, Stallings was on the receiving end of a 19-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence.

But Stallings, who scored four touchdowns a week ago against South Aiken, left the field by stretcher late in the third quarter.

“He’s going to the hospital for some evaluation,” Lown said of Stallings, who was suffering back pain. “We’re not taking any chance with him. We hope he’ll be alright.”

After Stallings’ injury, which delayed the game several minutes, Corbitt and Wright each scored touchdowns as Silver Bluff pulled away.

Daniel Carr and Dre’ Carr each scored touchdowns for Midland Valley in the final quarter, but by then the game was out of reach.

“They’re explosive, they got a bunch of yards, but we made enough stops and I thought we had a great game on offense,” Lown said.


PLAY OF THE GAME: RJ Stallings took a handoff and raced up the middle of the field for a 68-yard touchdown to start the second half.

STAR OF THE GAME: Stallings, who celebrated his birthday Friday, scored three touchdowns before being carried off the field on a stretcher following an injury late in the third quarter. He received a standing ovation.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs dominated the line of scrimmage and rushed for nearly 500 yards.

WHY MIDLAND VALLEY LOST: The Mustangs moved the ball at times, but turnovers and no answer for Silver Bluff’s rushing attack added up to a loss.

NEXT: Baptist Hill at Midland Valley, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Silver Bluff at Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Oct. 4, 7:30.

Silver Bluff 53, Midland Valley 33

Midland Valley 13 0 6 14 – 33

Silver Bluff 7 20 19 7 – 53

First Quarter

MV–Trenton Baughman 67 pass from Daniel Carr (Jaquan McCorkle kick), 10:13

SB–RJ Stallings 16 run (Nicholas Casares kick), 7:50

MV–Dre’ Carr 19 run (kick failed), 6:05

Second Quarter

SB–Jaylen Lawrence 1 run (Casares kick), 8:52

SB–Shaquez Wright 5 run (Casares kick), 6:15

SB–Myles Corbitt 1 run (kick failed), :35

Third Quarter

SB–Stallings 68 run (run failed), 11:42

SB–Stallings 19 pass from Lawrence (Casares kick), 7:51

MV–Kameron Brown 9 pass from Carr (McCorkle kick), 6:21

SB–Corbitt 14 run (kick failed), 1:47

Fourth Quarter

MV–Daniel Carr 2 run (Dre’ Carr pass from Daniel Carr), 10:11

SB–Wright 86 run (Casares kick), 9:13

MV–Dre’ Carr 3 run (pass failed), 6:25

First Downs2120
Passing Yards34636


RUSHING–Midland Valley: Dre’ Carr 17-94, Daniel Carr 13-67. Silver Bluff: Shaquez Wright 21-189, Myles Corbitt 11-72, RJ Stallings 8-182, Jaylen Lawrence 2-10, DeAngilo Drayton 2-21.

PASSING–Midland Valley: Daniel Carr 16-23-1 for 303, Kameron Brown 1-1-0 for 43. Silver Bluff: Jaylen Lawrence 3-5-0 for 36.

RECEIVING–Midland Valley: Stephon Morency 3-25, Trenton Baughman 3-109, Kameron Brown 9-155, Logan Wheat 1-26, Dre’ Carr 1-31. Silver Bluff: Jalen Douse 1-9, McKenzie Wilson 1-8, RJ Stallings 1-19.