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.