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Silver Bluff honors state champs, routs Calhoun County to clinch region title

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PETTICOAT JUNCTION — On a night Silver Bluff honored its five state championship squads, the current version of the Bulldogs took another step closer toward their own title.

Silver Bluff knocked off Calhoun County, 34-6, at The Bluff to wrap up the Region 5-AA title and secure a bye in the first round of the Class AA Division II playoffs.

With former NFL first-round draft pick Troy Williamson among the dozens gathered for the halftime ceremony, Silver Bluff put on a show of its own.

The Bulldogs scored on all five of their first-half possessions as they rolled to a 34-0 lead. With a running clock in the second half, the Bulldogs (8-1, 4-0 region) substituted liberally and cruised to the victory.

Calhoun County (0-9, 0-4) scored in the fourth quarter when the outcome had already been decided.

Members from the 1986, 1990, 1991, 2000 and 2001 title teams turned out for the “Night of Champions.” A new sign was unveiled next to the scoreboard, and Silver Bluff didn’t disappoint in extending the celebration.

“It was unbelievable, it was great,” said Silver Bluff coach Al Lown, who guided the 2000 and 2001 teams. “I got to see a lot of guys I haven’t seen in a number of years. Those are the guys we have to thank today for the traditions we have. They built it.”

RJ Stallings and Myles Corbitt each scored two touchdowns in the first half and Shaquez Wright added another as the Bulldogs went up and down the field. As the championship teams gathered at midfield, the current squad gathered in the end zone to watch the festivities.

“That was one of our goals we set, and we’ve got to our goal,” Wright said of winning the region. “So now we’re going to get to our next goal, win a state championship.”

Lown was pleased with the effort after a close victory against Edisto the week before.

“We played pretty well tonight,” he said. “We threw the ball better tonight.”

Silver Bluff will not play at home again until it begins the playoffs on Nov. 15.

SILVER BLUFF 34, CALHOUN CO. 6

PLAY OF THE GAME: RJ Stallings made a couple of nifty moves and went 39 yards to score on Silver Bluff’s first possession. The Bulldogs never trailed.

STAR OF THE GAME: Silver Bluff’s Jaylen Lawrence connected on all nine of his passing attempts for 180 yards.

WHY SILVER BLUFF WON: The Bulldogs effectively mixed their passing and running games and kept Calhoun County off balance.

WHY CALHOUN COUNTY LOST: The Saints were one-dimensional on offense and couldn’t muster a score until Silver Bluff’s reserves were in the game.

NEXT: Silver Bluff at Barnwell, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Silver Bluff 34, Calhoun County 6

Calhoun Co. 0 0 0 6 – 6

Silver Bluff 20 14 0 0 – 34

First Quarter

SB–RJ Stallings 39 run (Nicholas Casares kick), 10:57

SB–Myles Corbitt 9 run (kick failed), 6:17

SB–Stallings 8 run (Casares kick), :14

Second Quarter

SB–Shaquez Wright 1 run (Casares kick), 7:41

SB–Corbitt 2 run (Casares kick), 1:32

Fourth Quarter

CC–Tyler Williams 4 run (run failed), 8:29

 CCSB
First Downs715
Rushes-Yards27-11828-206
Passing Yards32180
Comp.-Att.-Int.4-9-09-9-0
Fumbles-Lost2-11-0
Punts-Avg.4-36.51-42
Penalties-Yards3-202-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Calhoun County: Tyler Williams 8-50, Xavier Rivers 10-43, Stacey Riley 8-25. Silver Bluff: Myles Corbitt 5-54, RJ Stallings 5-69, Shaquez Wright 9-75, DeAngilo Drayton 2-6, Brandon Hill 4-5, Marlow Jones 3-7.

PASSING–Calhoun County: Xavier Rivers 4-9-0 for 32. Silver Bluff: Jaylen Lawrence 9-9-0 for 180 yards.

RECEIVING–Calhoun County: Johnathan Smith 1-(-5), Marquis Greene 1-5, James Murphy 1-30. Silver Bluff: McKenzie Wilson 5-60, RJ Stallings 2-54, Jalen Douse 2-66.


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