Originally created 09/06/97

Bluff blanks Aiken



PETTICOAT JUNCTION - When these two teams meet the games are usually close and the scores are low.

It had one of the two as Silver Bluff shutout Aiken 22-0 Friday night.

"We just didn't make the plays," said Aiken Coach Carey Johnson. " It was young mental mistakes."

Aiken (0-2) has had trouble scoring points on offense so far this season. The Hornets have not scored a touchdown on offense in eight quarters.

"We have had trouble moving the ball," said Johnson. "We would make one good play then make three bad ones."

Silver Bluff didn't have moving the ball and took the lead in the middle of the first quarter when Grayson Snyder split the uprights with a 35-yard field goal.

Both defenses were in control until Charles Tankersley intercepted a Darvin Withers pass at the his own 20 yard line and he scampered all the way to the Aiken 20.

The Bulldogs (2-0) scored two plays later what Patrick Moody found Major Ryans in the back right corner of the end zone to give Silver Bluff a 10-0 lead at the half.

"It was a big boost at the half," said Silver Bluff Coach Al Lown.

Both team tightened up their defenses and kept each other from scoring until The Bulldog mounted a four minute drive that covered 42 yard and was capped off by Jules Corley's nine yard run. His score gave his team a 16-0 lead.

Silver Bluff scored off of two Aiken turnovers.

"Inexperience is not an excuse," said Johnson. "We have to start making the plays."

Nathaniel Mahoney finished off the Hornets when he scored on a one yard run with 4:28 left in the game.

"Our running backs ran real hard tonight," said Bulldogs coach Al Lown. "This is a big win for our program, No ifs ands or buts about it."

His running backs ran hard alright, The tandem of Tankersley, Nathaniel Mahoney and Jules Corley ran for 170 yards on 26 carries.

"Our offensive line got a good push," said Tankersley.

Silver Bluff shut down the Hornets offense in the second half. Derrich Tyler was held to 12 yards on nine carries. He was limited to just 47 yards for the game.

"The score was not indicative of the way the game was played," said Lown. "They started to throw the ball late in the game and we were able to intercept them."