Silver Bluff Bulldogs lock up region title with 34-6 win
SILVER BLUFF 34, CALHOUN COUNTY 6
JACKSON — Silver Bluff High School (8-1, 4-0) kept the winning tradition alive Friday night, clinching its second-straight Region 5-AA title as the Bulldogs routed the visiting Saints of Calhoun County High School (0-9, 0-4) 34-6 at home on a night when the school recognized all five state championship winning teams.
“We played pretty much mistake-free tonight,” said head coach Al Lown, who coached two of the previous state title-winning teams in 2000 and 2001. “We played a lot better than we did last week. We threw the ball better and Jaylen (Lawrence) had a much better week. We wanted to get his confidence up after he had a bit of a down week last time out.”
It didn’t take Silver Bluff long to score as the Bulldogs received the opening kickoff and ran just 1:03 off the game clock before RJ Stallings capped the opening drive with a 40-yard touchdown run.
The Bulldogs controlled the game on both sides of the ball. The offense easily gained 385 total yards, 202 on the ground and 332 total in the first half, while the defense held the Saints to just 155 yards of offense. After the Bulldogs dominated the opening half of play, the teams played with a running clock for the final 24 minutes.
Senior quarterback Jaylen Lawrence led the charge with a perfect 9-for-9 performance through the air for 183 yards, all in the first half, while the trio of Stallings, Myles Corbitt and Shaquez Wright combined for 183 yards on the ground. Stallings and Corbitt both crossed the goal line twice while Wright found pay-dirt once.
“We know people are going to load up on our running game so we have to hit those passes,” Lown said. “Overall, I thought it was a pretty good, solid football game for us, particularly in the first half.”
At halftime, Silver Bluff unveiled a new sign next to the scoreboard celebrating the five AA state titles (1986, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001) and recognized members of all five championship teams. Former Bulldog and University of South Carolina player Troy Williamson was one of those players in attendance.
“I love coming back to Silver Bluff to show my love and appreciation for where I came from,” Williamson said at half time. “All this program has ever wanted to do is win and they are still looking strong today. If they can keep it going, I will be back in Williams-Brice Stadium cheering them on.”
Lown added his own thoughts on having the five teams in attendance saying, “It’s really special. Those are the guys who laid the foundation for this program now. A lot of sweat, a lot of hard work and sacrifice went in and it’s good that we could recognize them. It was a great night for us.”
The Bulldogs will look to avoid a letdown next week as they travel to Barnwell.
CCHS 0 0 0 6 6
SBHS 20 14 0 0 34
SB (10:57) - RJ Stallings 40-yard TD run (Nicholas Casares PAT Good) 7-0
SB (6:17) - Myles Corbitt 7-yard TD run (N. Casares PAT Blocked) 13-0
SB (0:14) - Stallings 8-yard TD run (N. Casares PAT Good) 20-0
SB (7:41) - Shaquez Wright 1-yard TD run (N. Casares PAT Good) 27-0
SB (1:32) - Corbitt 2-yard TD run (N. Casares PAT Good) 34-0
CC (8:05) - Tyler Williams 4-yard TD run (2-point conv. failed) 6-34
SB - Jaylen Lawrence (9-9, 183 yds)
CC - Xavier Rivers (4-9, 35 yds)
SB - Jalen Douse (67 yds, 2 rec)
SB - McKenzie Wilson (63 yds, 5 rec)
CC - James Murphy (32 yds, 1 rec)
SB - RJ Stallings (69 yds, 5 car, 2 TD)
SB - Myles Corbitt (42 yds, 5 car, 2 TD)
SB - Shaquez Wright (72 yds, 9 car, 1 TD)
CC - Tyler Williams (56 yds, 9 car, 1 TD)