ABBEVILLE 21, SILVER BLUFF 0
PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Silver Bluff’s first drive against Abbeville on Friday ended in an interception. The rest of the season opener didn’t go any better as the Bulldogs fell 21-0.
The Panthers (1-0) were led on offense by Red Scott, who had 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Joining him out of the Wishbone attack were Khalil Fuller, with 62 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and TJ Rogers, with 11 carries for 60 yards.
“They wore on us pretty good,” said Silver Bluff head coach Al Lown.
Abbeville also coughed up the ball on its first possession, with Silver Bluff’s Kwimane Lawrence recovering a fumbled handoff between quarterback Joseph Battle and Rogers. It was one of two fumble recoveries for the Bulldogs (0-1), and Lown said he was pleased overall with his defense’s effort.
“I thought our defense played fairly well,” he said, noting a few times his defense didn’t get off the field as quickly as he would’ve liked. “Overall, defensively, I wasn’t displeased.”
The offense gave him reason to be discouraged again on its second drive, though. Just a couple plays into the possession, Anthony Reed fumbled the ball in a pile at midfield, and it was recovered by Abbeville’s Tyriq Collier.
This time, the Panthers didn’t give it back. They marched downfield on a drive that was capped by a 13-yard run by Scott for his first score of the evening.
Silver Bluff went nowhere with its next possession, and after Abbeville converted on a pair of fourth-and-1 situations, the Bulldogs benefited from a penalty with the Panthers already facing a fourth-and-20.
The Panthers punted, but the home team again did very little with the ball, and a bad snap to punter DeAngilo Drayton forced him to run. That gave Abbeville the ball at the Silver Bluff 17, and just a few plays later, Scott powered in for a 5-yard touchdown run.
Each team took a three-and-out before the half, and Abbeville went to the break leading 14-0.
The Panthers got the ball to start the second half, and they went on a 4½-minute drive punctuated by a 1-yard touchdown run by Fuller.
Even though the Bulldogs got something going on their next drive, converting a fourth-and-one and driving all the way down to the Panther 10-yard line, Abbeville’s size eventually proved too much on defense, as well.
Twice in a row, Silver Bluff quarterback Brandon Hill had no time or room to work with on passing downs, eventually taking a sack to turn the ball over on downs at the 25.
“They just beat us,” Lown said. “They physically whipped us.”
Hill finished the night 0-for-3 with an interception, and neither team scored in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs ended a promising Abbeville drive by recovering a Alex Dubose fumble just inside the Silver Bluff red zone.
Myles Corbitt was a bright spot offensively for the Bulldogs, running for 42 yards on 11 carries; and Malik Washington set up Silver Bluff’s lone threat with a 27-yard run. The Bulldogs managed just 113 yards of offense.
Lown said his team will need to focus on the other side of the ball until the offense can catch up, with a home game against Williston-Elko looming on Friday.
“We’ve got to put our best players on defense and hope we play well enough on defense to keep us in it,” he said.
As for Abbeville, the Panthers will travel to face defending Class A, Division I champion Christ Church with the confidence boost of a shutout victory over the Class AA, Division II runner-up under their belts.
“This was probably a little bit bigger game for us than it was for Silver Bluff,” said head coach Jamie Nickles. “Any time you win down here, it’s big.”
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. Follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.
A 7 7 7 0 – 21
SB 0 0 0 0 – 0
A–Red Scott 13 run (Troy Cann kick) 5:46.
A–Scott 5 run (Cann kick) 4:21.
A–Khalil Fuller 1 run (Cann kick) 7:34.
A–TJ Rogers 11-60, Joseph Battle 5-10, Fuller 17-62-1TD, Scott 16-87-2TD, Alex Dubose 2-24, Nigel Coleman 1-4. Totals 52-247-3TD.
SB–Myles Corbitt 11-42, DeAngilo Drayton 4-7, Darnell Davis 3-(-1), Anthony Reed 7-32, Malik Washington 3-24, Brandon Hill 2-(-7), Malcolm Green 3-16. Totals 33-113.
A–Rogers 1-11, Marvin Burnside 1-2.
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman Silver Bluff’s Myles Corbitt (28) runs around the defense of Abbeville’s Tyriq Collier (34).×
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman Abbeville’s Red Scott evades the Silver Bluff defense for a 13-yard touchdown run.×
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman Silver Bluff's Deangilo Drayton is stuffed by the Abbeville defense.×
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman Silver Bluff's Myles Corbitt (28) returns the opening kickoff against Abbeville.×