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Silver Bluff's Blake Robbins disrupts Edisto's offense

Silver Bluff 34, Edisto 14

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PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Three-game losing streaks and time spent looking up at the region frontrunners are unfamiliar territory at Silver Bluff.

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Silver Bluff's Tyler Fishalow had 79 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown before injuring his shoulder.  Sara Caldwell/Staff
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Silver Bluff's Tyler Fishalow had 79 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown before injuring his shoulder.

But after posting a nearly flawless turnover-free effort and a season high in points scored in Friday night’s 31-14 win over Edisto, the five-time defending region champion Bulldogs sent out a distinct message to the rest of Region 5-AA.

“It’s a statement to the region,” defensive lineman Blake Robbins said. “Silver Bluff is still here.”

Robbins – a basketball player in his first year of varsity football – used his 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame to create havoc in the Edisto backfield.

He forced the first of two first-half fumbles from Edisto quarterback Tyrell Maxwell and later blocked a punt that was smothered by a Bulldog pile in the end zone for a touchdown.

“He’s been our superstar this year,” Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said of the senior lineman. “I’m just glad we finally got him out here from the basketball court.”

The Bulldogs’ wing-T offense made full use of five different ball carriers in the first half and didn’t let up in the second half despite losing starter Tyler Fishalow to a shoulder injury.

Fishalow tallied 79 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries before leaving the game late in the first half.

He returned to the sideline in the third quarter with his arm in a sling and took a seat next to fellow injured tailback A.J. Washington, who has hobbled around on crutches the past two weeks and will undergo season-ending knee surgery later this month.

The injuries to skill players and 2-1 region record – a game behind region frontrunner Swansea – reminded Lown that a sixth consecutive region title is still a long way off.

“We’re not out of the ditch yet,” he said. “We’re climbing. We’re learning how to climb. But we’re not out.”

Rekem McCorkle, Shaquez Wright, R.J. Stallings and Dontay Ingram combined for more than 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who have now won two in a row.

SILVER BLUFF 31, EDISTO 14

PLAY OF THE GAME: Silver Bluff’s Blake Robbins blocked an Edisto punt deep in its own territory in the second quarter and David Crawford pounced on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown and 24-0 lead.

STAR OF THE GAME: Robbins, who also forced a fumble, disrupted Edisto’s offense all night long by breaking into the backfield regularly.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs finally put points on the board with a never-ending arsenal of talented tailbacks and a much better blocking effort from the offensive line.

WHY EDISTO LOST: Two costly fumbles in the first half put the visiting team in an early hole.

NEXT: Silver Bluff vs. Pelion, 7:30 p.m., Thursday; Wade Hampton at Edisto, Friday.

SILVER BLUFF 31, EDISTO 14

Edisto 0 0 6 8 - 14

Silver Bluff 14 10 0 7 - 31

First Quarter

SB-Tyler Fishalow 4 run (Pedro Zambrano kick), 6:35

SB-Shaquez Wright 9 run (Zambrano kick), 2:40

Second Quarter

SB-Zambrano 28 field goal, 6:53

SB-David Crawford 0 punt block recovery (Zambrano kick), 4:44

Third Quarter

E-Devin Fogle 3 pass from Tyrell Maxwell (Nick Halter kick failed), 0:57

Fourth Quarter

SB-R.J. Stallings 16 run (Zambrano kick), 7:30

E-Maxwell 18 run (Maxwell 3 run), 5:21

ESB
First Downs914
Rushes-Yards33-12545-249
Passing Yards661
Comp.-Att.-Int.9-13-01-1-0
Fumbles-Lost2-21-0
Punts-Yards2-18.51-32.0
Penalties-Yards4-406-43

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Edisto: DeShawn Stevenson 9-8, Jabari Ryant 1-(-4), Steven Butler 5-25, Jerrell Richardson 4-30, Tyrell Maxwell 14-66-1. Silver Bluff: Tyler Fishalow 11-79-1, Rekem McCorkle 6-31, Shaquez Wright 12-61-1, R.J. Stallings 4-27-1, Dontay Ingram 8-44, Cordrea Tankersley 4-7.

PASSING-Edisto: Tyrell Maxwell 9-13-1 66. Silver Bluff: Cordrea Tankersley 1-1-0 1.

RECEIVING-Edisto: Steven Butler 3-18, Devin Fogle 4-26-1, Quadrey Simmons 1-21, DeShawn Stevenson 1-1. Silver Bluff: Tyler Fishalow 1-1.


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