In the early minutes of Ridgeland-Hardeeville's inaugural game last Friday at Bluffton, the Class 2-A Jaguars seemed to be holding their own against the 4-A Bobcats.
Four plays into the Bobcats' opening drive, the Jaguars had Bluffton lined up to punt in a 4th-and-17 situation on their own side of the field.
But when Ridgeland-Hardeeville's Kaelin Devore crashed into Bluffton punter Mallie Sprouse long after the ball was away, the Jaguars' hopes crashed as well.
Seven plays later, quarterback C.J. Frazier connected with junior wing Gerald Roberson for a 6-yard touchdown and the Bobcats were on their way to a 67-0 romp.
Frazier started slowly, throwing three of his four incompletions on that first drive, but after that, Bluffton's offense rolled, scoring on all six first-half possessions.
Bluffton coach Ken Cribb said he knew the Jaguars would try to get pressure up the middle and they had some early success before adjustments were made.
"It's rhythm. With this offense, you've just got to take what they give you," Cribb said. "You've got to make adjustments to what they're allowing."
For the second week in a row, Cribb praised the play of Frazier.
"(On the sideline) I don't want anybody talking to me," Cribb said. "It's just C.J. and I, and we get into a rhythm. He's really come a long way in communicating with me and letting me know what he's seeing."
Frazier, who was an efficient 11-for-15 for 148 yards and three touchdowns, said the Bobcats' offense has become second nature.
"There's a lot of times when we're out on the field and Coach Cribb and I are calling the same play at the same time," Frazier said. "I've been here awhile. This offense was created about the time I started and (Coach Cribb and I) know every thing about it. Nobody knows it better than we do."
The Bluffton defense completely shut down the Jaguars' offense, keeping their speedy backs bottled up on the inside and holding them to 5 yards of offense.
The Bobcats forced five turnovers, scoring on three -- an interception return by Khalil Mitchell, a fumble return by Kyle Waddell and a fumble return by Austin Chittum. They also gang-tackled Jaguars running back Deovonte Doe in the end zone for a second-quarter safety.
"You've got to utilize your strength," Cribb said. "And ours is speed."
Ridgeland-Hardeeville coach Blake Raley said the Jaguars were beaten up front.
"They're just stronger than us and the offensive line just didn't play well," Raley said.
Raley said the adversity that can only come in game situations bit the Jaguars in their season opener.
"We came out and stopped them on the first possession, forced them to punt," Raley said. "I mean when does Bluffton ever have to punt? And then we ... rough the kicker."
And Raley said the Jaguars were shaken by a scary injury as well.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville senior safety/wide-out KeAndre Frazier was injured and down on the field for several minutes in the second quarter before he was strapped to a backboard and carried off the field before being taken to the hospital for tests.
Raley said Frazier had movement and was trying to convince the trainers to take him off the board and let him get up.
Bluffton 67, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 0
R-H 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Bluffton 12 43 6 6 -- 67
B--Gerald Roberson 6 pass from C.J. Frazier (kick failed),7:48
B--Vinny Boni 2 run (pass failed), 4:49
B--Frazier 5 run (run failed), 11:49
B--Demetrius Smalls 9 pass from Frazier (run failed), 11:00
B--Khalil Mitchell 21 interception return (Webber pass from Davis), 10:46
B--Kyle Waddell 15 fumble return (Sprouse kick), 10:24
B--Roberson 31 pass from Frazier (Sprouse kick), 3:58
B--Marquis Webber 5 run (Sprouse kick), 0:03.1
B--Boni 1 run (kick failed), 6:03
B--Austin Chittum 10 fumble return (kick failed), 9:42
First Downs 2 17
Rushes-Yards 31-5 30-140
Comp-Att-Int 0-2-1 12-16-0
Passing Yards 0 151
Punts-Avg 6-23 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 4-4 4-3
Penalties-Yards 6-46 7-66
Third-Down Conv 1-9 5-7
Fourth-Down Conv 1-3 1-2
RH -- Gavin Bush 4-5, Deovonte Doe 14-28, Marquis Griffin 5-(-20), Derrell Myers 6-(-13), Shemar Taylor 2-5; B -- C.J. Frazier 11-15-0-148, Alex Davis 1-1-0-3.
RH -- Derrell Meyers 0-2-1-0; B -- C.J. Frazier 4-7, Vinny Boni 3-6, Tykeem Major 5-40, William Dupont 4-27, Demetrius Smalls 1-15, Gerald Roberson 4-36, Marquis Webber 1-5, Alex Waddell 1-(-16), TJ Ferguson 3-3, Alex Davis 2-13, Duncan Adkins 1-1, Herbert Daise 1-3.
B -- Demetrius Smalls 3-41, Gerald Roberson 4-59, Marquis Webber 3-40, Tykeem Major 1-8, Alex Waddell 1-3.