High School Football

Bobcats play clean vs. Ashley Ridge, end 2-game skid

mmccombs@islandpacket.comOctober 19, 2013 

For Bluffton coach Ken Cribb, the differences between Friday's 41-28 win over Ashley Ridge and last week's 35-27 loss at the hands of county rival Beaufort High were simple.

"We didn't panic and continue to shoot ourselves in the foot all night long," Cribb said. "We didn't turn the ball over so they could score."

Instead the Bobcats (5-3, 1-1 Region 8-AAAA) played a steady, turnover-free ball game to keep their playoff hopes alive.

It took three drives for Bluffton to get its offense going, but when it did, it was big.

Alex Davis tossed a screen pass to Terrance Heyward, and Heyward turned it into a 98-yard touchdown. The Bobcats would never lose the lead.

"I thought we threw the ball well ran the ball well, mixed it up," Cribb said. "Took what they would give us."

Davis was effective, completing 11 of 22 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns, while Heyward finished the night with 131 yards on four catches.

Sandwiched in between the passing scores were three rushing touchdowns -- two by B.J. Hill and 5-yarder by Davis when the Bobcats employed the polecat formation on third-and-goal.

Hill, who led the Bobcats on the ground, credited his offensive line.

"They were doing everything right, making great holes," Hill said. "They deserve the credit, and I'm happy for them.

On defense, the Bobcats intercepted the Swamp Foxes' Chandler Avenel three times to end scoring threats.

"Gotta keep winning," said Cribb, focused on the playoffs. "Win two more and we're in."

Bluffton 41, Ashley Ridge 28

Ashley Ridge 0 7 14 7 -- 28

Bluffton 14 14 7 6 -- 41

First quarter

BLF -- Terrance Heyward 98 pass from Alex Davis (Ken Mayo kick failed), 8:55

BLF -- B.J. Hill 37 run (Davis pass), 2:40

Second quarter

AR -- Tyler Garland 8 run (38 kick) 11:55

BLF -- Laquan Washington 25 pass from Davis (Mayo kick), 10:47

BLF -- Davis 5 run (13 kick run), 1:17

Third quarter

AR -- Tyler Garland 13 run (38 kick), 9:08

BLF -- Gerald Roberson 11 pass from Davis (Mayo kick), 3:21

AR -- Donovan Thompson 31 pass from Chandler Avenel (38 kick), 1:09

Fourth quarter

AR -- Woodrow Jones 14 run (38 kick), 10:05

BLF -- Hill 3 run (Mayo kick failed), 5:31

Team Stats


First Downs 17 15

Rushes-Yards 40-210 45-253

Comp-Att-Int 11-23-3 12-23-0

Passing Yards 157 241

Punts-Avg 4-39.8 5-33.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0

Penalties-Yards 3-27 9-90

Third-Down Conv 4-14 8-13

Fourth-Down Conv 3-4 0-1

Individual stats

PASSING: Ashley Ridge -- Chandler Avenel 11-23-3-157; Bluffton -- Alex Davis 11-22-0-234, Gerald Roberson 1-1-0-7.

RUSHING: Ashley Ridge --Woodrow Jones 14-105, Tyler Garland 21-90, Sean White 2-13, Chandler Avenel 3-2.; Bluffton -- B.J. Hill 19-155, Laquan Washington 10-37, Jaware Middleton 2-35, Gerard Roberson 5-12, Alex Davis 7-10, Terrance Heyward 2-4.

RECEIVING: Ashley Ridge -- Donovan Thompson 7-88, Matt Linton 2-39, Sean White 1-16, Mitch Nixon 1-14.; Bluffton -- Terrance Heyward 4-131, Gerald Roberson 2-46, Laquan Washington 2-32, Jack Aerni 2-19, Nick Williamsen 1-14, B.J. Hill 1-minus-8.

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