As a tough season began to unfold for Bluffton earlier this year, head coach Ken Cribb kept the faith. He knew if the Bobcats could finish strong with a decent showing in Region 8-AAAA play, the early struggles would be water under the bridge.
But it does not look like there will be an inspired run through region play.
Bluffton fell 34-0 at home Friday to Fort Dorchester (8-1, 3-0), guaranteeing the Bobcats (3-6, 0-3) their first losing season since 2009.
“Great kids, great effort,” Cribb said. “We're banged up. They were huge. Our kids fought hard.”
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Cribb said the Bobcats did some good things and moved the ball,, but penalties didn’t help against an already stout Patriots defensive front.
“Their defensive line is really good,” Cribb said. “It's hard to move them.”
Cribb said the offense’s woes carried over to the defense.
“We're banged up for sure, and a little bit of air goes out of us,” Cribb said. “The defense is on the field too long.”
Still, the coach said the Bobcats would learn from the defeat and soldier on.
“We're young. We've got a lot back. Lot of positives we're going to use,” Cribb said. “We've got to heal up. I'm pleased with their attitude and their effort.”