High School Football

Bobcats start to plan for unknown title game opponent

Bluffton gets an extra day to prepare for South Pointe

smcdowell@islandpacket.comNovember 27, 2011 

Ken Cribb's phone hasn't stopped ringing.

A day after Bluffton High School advanced to the state championship for the first time in school history, the Bobcats football coach had plenty of people offering congratulatory messages Saturday.

"My phone's been at my ear all day," Cribb said Saturday afternoon.

Just think of the phone calls he could receive next week.

Bluffton will face South Pointe in Clemson in the Class 3-A state title game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It will be the two schools' first meeting, leaving each team with a lot of preparation for the week ahead.

Cribb said he hasn't watched "an ounce of film" on the Stallions. The Bobcats coaching staff studied most of the team's playoff opponents throughout the season, with the exception of A.C. Flora, which Bluffton defeated 44-35 in the Lower State championship Friday. But the coaching staff wasn't out of the loop on the Falcons after facing them in the postseason a year ago.

South Pointe, on the other hand, will bring a lot of new looks. The Stallions replaced both their offensive and defensive coordinator after losing to Myrtle Beach in the state championship last season.

"We're just going off hearsay," Cribb said. "It helps to be familiar with teams, but we haven't seen them at all. We'll get to work (today) and see what we find."

What they've heard, Cribb said, is South Pointe has no shortage of speed and athleticism in its spread offense and four-man front defense.

The Bobcats will have an extra day to prepare for the Stallions with game day moved to Saturday. Cribb said the Bobcats will only slightly adjust their weekly routine in the longer week. Monday, the first practice of the week, will be more focused on film and introductory looks at South Pointe. The Bobcats will hold extended practices Tuesday through Thursday and hold their typical walk-through practice Friday, a day later than usual. They plan to travel to Clemson early in the morning Saturday.

"We're not going to change much because (our routine) has gotten us this far," Cribb said. "We just won't be as rushed. It allows us to slow down a little bit."

CLASS 3-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Who: Bluffton High School vs. South Pointe

Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson University

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Admission: $10

Seating: Bluffton is the home team. Its fans are asked to sit in the south stands.

CHAT WITH CRIBB

Got a question for Bluffton High School coach Ken Cribb as the Bobcats prepare to play for a state title Saturday? Here's your chance to ask. The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette will hold a live online chat with Cribb at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Log on to blogs.islandpacket.com/matchpoint Thursday to enter the chat room and submit your questions for the Bobcats' second-year coach.

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