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Silver Bluff squeaks past Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Silver Bluff 14, Bamberg-Ehrhardt 13

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Correction: Freshman Stephon Morency was credited with the late interception, the interception was actually made by senior Stacy Green. Also, information provided by the coaching staff on lineman Gyasi Yeldell's knee injury was that his MCL was torn. The coaching staff will be contacted on Monday for more information.

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Silver Bluff football coach Al Lown (left) argues with a referee during Friday's state playoff game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Silver Bluff football coach Al Lown (left) argues with a referee during Friday's state playoff game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.
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PETTICOAT JUNCTION — For nearly three quarters Friday, Silver Bluff didn’t look like a state championship contender.

The Bulldogs fumbled three times, losing the ball twice. They committed costly penalties. And place-kicker Pedro Zambrano, normally a sure bet from close range, missed a chip-shot field goal.

Silver Bluff finally got its offense on track, scoring twice in the final 13 minutes, and the Bulldogs held off Bamberg-Ehrhardt 14-13 on a chilly night at The Bluff.

“Our defense really played great tonight.” Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. “We gave up some scores, but our defense, we started three freshman in the middle of the line, but we hit tonight. That’s the hardest we’ve hit all year.”

The win sets up a rematch against Bishop England on Friday night in the Class AA Division II semifinals. This time, Silver Bluff (11-1) will be the home team.

Both teams squandered chances in the first half, but Bamberg-Ehrhardt (10-2) held a 7-0 lead thanks to De­me­trius Odom’s 1-yard run midway through the first quarter. Odom’s score came after Silver Bluff fumbled on its first play from scrimmage.

Sumner Cooler’s 3-yard bootleg in the third quarter put the Red Raiders up 13-0. The point-after attempt by Matt Maxwell was good, but a dead ball penalty against the Bulldogs for simulating the snap count forced another kick. This time, Maxwell’s try missed.

Silver Bluff won the first meeting with Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Sept. 28 thanks to a field goal by Zambrano with six seconds left. The Bulldogs opened up a 28-7 lead in that game but saw the visitors rally with 22 unanswered points.

On Friday, the Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard with 46 seconds left in the third quarter when Jalen Jackson found Jaylen Lawrence open in the end zone for a 3-yard score. McKen­zie Wilson thought the pass was for him and tipped it, but Lawrence made the play.

Using the spread offense, Silver Bluff marched 68 yards on its next possession. Jackson hit RJ Stallings across the middle for an 11-yard touchdown with 4:29 left to tie the score. Zambrano, like he did earlier in the year, provided the winning point.

Senior Stacy Green intercepted a pass by Cooler to seal the victory.

With lineman Gyasi Yel­dell lost with a knee injury and another starter out for disciplinary reasons, Lown said he had to scramble to make personnel changes. He even thought he might have to put in another quarterback.

“We had a couple backs struggle. He (Jackson) had some sore ribs, he got beat up there in the first half,” Lown said. “It was questionable that he could play the second half, but he really came through for us.”

SILVER BLUFF 14, BAMBERG-EHRHARDT 13

PLAY OF THE GAME: RJ Stallings caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Jackson to give Silver Bluff its first lead of the game with 4:29 to play.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jackson, who completed 9 of 16 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs overcame turnovers and penalties to gut out a win over their Region 5-AA rival.

WHY BAMBERG-EHRHARDT LOST: The Red Raiders couldn’t stop Silver Bluff when it counted most late in the game.

NEXT: Bishop England at Silver Bluff, Friday, 7:30.

SILVER BLUFF 14, BAMBERG-EHRHARDT 13


Bamberg-Ehrhardt 7 0 6 0 – 13

Silver Bluff 0 0 7 7 – 14

First Quarter

B-E–Demetrius Odom 1 run (Matt Maxwell kick), 7:25

Third Quarter

B-E–Sumner Cooler 3 run (kick failed), 7:55

SB–Jaylen Lawrence 3 pass from Jalen Jackson (Pedro Zambrano kick), :46

Fourth Quarter

SB–RJ Stallings 11 pass from Jackson (Zambrano kick), 4:29

 B-ESB
First Downs1118
Rushes-Yards47-16435-205
Passing Yards63114
Comp.-Att.-Int.3-9-29-16-0
Fumbles-Lost1-03-2
Punts-Avg.2-281-35
Penalties-Yards6-494-47

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Devondree Williams 20-88, Demetrius Odom 19-45, Sumner Cooler 3-5, Sean-Paul Morais 3-6, Kevin Crosby 1-23, Lan Hiers 1-(-1). Silver Bluff: Myles Corbitt 4-22, RJ Stallings 7-57, Shaquez Wright 15-96, Ladarise Williams 4-24, Jalen Jackson 5-9.

PASSING–Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Sumner Cooler 3-9-2 for 63 yards. Silver Bluff: Jalen Jackson 9-16-0 for 114 yards.

RECEIVING–Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Kevin Crosby 1-21, Garrett Zeigler 1-38, Landon Sandifer 1-4. Silver Bluff: McKenzie Wilson 2-21, Jaylen Lawrence 3-50, Shaquez Wright 1-10, RJ Stallings 2-25, Myles Corbitt 1-8.

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hannah kellems
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hannah kellems 11/17/12 - 09:35 am
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Actually, the final int was made by senior Stacy Green. And Gyasi did not tear anything. He had an MRI this week and its a knee sprain.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 11/17/12 - 08:38 pm
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Thank you Hannah, I talked to

Thank you Hannah, I talked to our sports editor and he did have the wrong name on the interception. Looking at the roster, he realized he read the name of the player below No. 26 after the interception. He says he was told by one of the coaches last week that the injury was a tear, but he will check with the coaching staff on Monday.

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