High School Sports

Bluffton's Cribb named Class 3-A Lower State Coach of Year

The extraordinary football season for Bluffton High School isn't over yet, but the awards are already beginning to mount for the most accomplished team in the school's history.

A day after defensive players Lewis Black and Anthony Gardner were invited to the North/South All-Star Football Game, the Bobcats' coach received a distinguished honor from his peers.

Ken Cribb was named the Class 3-A Lower State Coach of the Year on Wednesday by the S.C. Football Coaches Association.

In his first year as Bluffton's coach, Cribb has led the team to a 10-1 overall record -- and the Bobcats notched the first playoff victory in school history with last Friday's 24-21 win against Lakewood.

"I'm proud of my team," Cribb said. "I don't get to play a down, so this is all about them."

Cribb will be honored at a banquet on Dec. 2 at Seawell's in Columbia, at which time the South Carolina Coach of the Year among all classifications will be named.

With the Bobcats, Cribb took over a team that hadn't made the playoffs since 2006, but his new Wing-T offense, coupled with a suddenly stout defense, has equaled one of the state's most remarkable turnarounds.

The Bobcats have shattered school records for wins, points, yards and are on pace to break another for points allowed per game.

They also defeated Hilton Head High for the first time in school history with a 39-0 win in August and defeated the Seahawks again last month to win their first Bridge Bowl.

"He's made a change here at Bluffton High," Gardner said. "We've made history with him. He showed that we have the talent to succeed. I'm proud of him. He deserves it."

Bluffton hosts A.C. Flora (10-1) in the second round of the Class 3-A playoffs Friday. The winner of the game will advance to the Lower State semifinals.

"There's still work to do," Cribb said. "We want to go as far as we possibly can. All we want to know is that we played as best as we could possibly play. We don't want to walk away unless we know we left everything on the field."