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Silver Bluff wins on last-minute field goal

Silver Bluff 31, Bamberg-Erhardt 29

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 10:20 PM
Last updated Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 2:25 AM
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PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Pedro Zambrano might have been the smallest player on the field, but he clearly had the biggest leg.

The 5-foot-7, 145-pound Silver Bluff place-kicker won the game with a 40-yard field goal with 6.4 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a thrilling 31-29 homecoming victory over Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

The Region 5-AA opener for both teams came down to Zambrano’s leg after both sides took turns controlling the game.

“We won the first half, and they won the second half,” Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. “But we won the last 13 seconds.”

Zambrano, who secluded himself on the sideline as the Bulldogs drove into position for the game-winning kick, stretched, gave himself a pep talk, then trotted onto the field for what ended up being the longest field goal of his career.

“I knew it was probably going to come down to my kick,” he said. “I was telling myself, ‘Focus. You got this. This is in your range.’ Once we get to the 30 or 35, that’s my comfortable area. I didn’t even know how far it was. I was just trying to get it there.”

The senior kicker saved the game for the Bulldogs, who blew a 28-7 lead by giving up 22 consecutive points in the second half.

Silver Bluff (5-1) dominated the first half, scoring on its first four possessions. The Bulldogs opened the game with a 13-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a broken play that turned into a touchdown. Quarterback Jalen Jackson dropped back to pass on third-and-10 but couldn’t find an open receiver.

He instead scrambled right, pumped faked away a would-be tackler and ran untouched into the end zone from 17 yards out.

After Jaylen Lawrence intercepted the first pass attempt of the night by Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s Sumner Cooler, Silver Bluff needed just one play to capitalize. R.J. Stallings covered 35 yards for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs piled on in the second quarter with rushing touchdowns from Myles Corbitt and Shaquez Wright to take a 28-14 halftime lead.

But Bamberg-Ehrhardt rallied in the second half with a renewed effort in the running game and a staunch defense to take a 29-28 lead with 8:34 left.

The Red Raiders limited Silver Bluff to just 10 total yards of offense in the second half before the final drive. Two offsides penalties from the Bulldogs’ defense on fourth-and-short also fueled Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s comeback.

Tailbacks Devondree Williams and Demetrius Odom combined for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 50 carries for the Red Raiders (5-1), who had won 12 consecutive regular season games.

SILVER BLUFF 31, BAMBERG-EHRHARDT 29

PLAY OF THE GAME: After Silver Bluff squandered a 28-7 lead, place-kicker Pedro Zambrano saved the day with a 40-yard, game-winning field goal with 6.4 seconds left.

STAR OF THE GAME: Zambrano’s game-winner was the longest field goal of his career. He also converted all four of his extra-point attempts.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs built an early lead, overcame their second half slump and moved the ball just far enough to get into field goal range of their reliable place-kicker.

WHY BAMBERG-EHRHARDT LOST: The Red Raiders went away from their running game late, and the resulting interception set up Silver Bluff for the game-winning drive.

NEXT: Silver Bluff at Wade Hampton, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

SILVER BLUFF 31, BAMBERG-EHRHARDT 29

Bam.-Ehrhardt 7 7 8 7 – 29

Silver Bluff 14 14 0 3 – 31

First Quarter

SB–Jalen Jackson 17 run (Pedro Zambrano kick), 6:37

SB–R.J. Stallings 35 run (Zambrano kick), 3:17

B-E–Devondree Williams 65 run (Matt Maxwell kick), 0:43

Second Quarter

SB–Myles Corbitt 6 run (Zambrano kick), 10:06

SB–Shaquez Wright 2 run (Zambrano kick), 8:02

B-E–Landon Sandifer 14 pass from Sumner Cooler (Maxwell kick), 0:07

Third Quarter

B-E–Demetrius Odom 5 run (Odum 2 run), 5:02

Fourth Quarter

B-E–Odom 1 run (Maxwell kick), 8:34

SB–Zambrano 40 FG, 0:06

B-E SB

First Downs 16 11

Rushes-Yards 55-305 35-187

Passing Yards 17 39

Comp.-Att.-Int. 2-5-2 4-7-0

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0

Punts-Yards 1-28.0 3-37.8

Penalties-Yards 2-16 2-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Devondree Williams 22-140-1, Demetrius Odom 28-137-2, Sumner Cooler 5-28. Silver Bluff: Shaquez Wright 14-17-1, R.J. Stallings 7-110-1, Myles Corbitt 6-32-1, Tyler Fishalow 4-16, Jalen Jackson 4-12-1.

PASSING–Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Sumner Cooler 2-5-1 17. Silver Bluff: Jalen Jackson 4-7-0 39.

RECEIVING–Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Landon Sandifer 2-17-1. Silver Bluff: McKenzie Wilson 1-10, Shaquez Wright 1-9, R.J. Stallings 2-20.


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