The running game that carried Bluffton High School to the Class 3-A Lower State finals a year ago was largely absent Friday night, but you wouldn't have known it from the permanent smiles plastered on the Bobcats' faces.
Or from looking at the scoreboard.
The Bobcats showcased the balance of their new pistol offense, as C.J. Frazier passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns and Bluffton pulled away for a 60-14 rout of Ridgeland High School.
Frazier threw all four of his touchdown passes in the first half, connecting with Dimitri Lowry for a pair of scores and hitting Jerry Scott and Marquis Webber for touchdowns, and the Bobcats' defense took over in the second half, holding Ridgeland's power running game to negative yardage and keeping the Jaguars off the scoreboard after halftime.
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"We want to throw to get ahead and then run to finish games, and that's what we were able to do," said Frazier, who completed eight of his first nine passes -- three of them for touchdowns.
Ridgeland actually struck first, with Torray Amlett's 18-yard run capping a brisk five-play scoring drive to open the game. But the Bobcats answered within a minute and never trailed again.
Bluffton piled up 357 total yards a week after rolling up 416 yards in a 76-0 win against Hilton Head High.
And the defense was equally impressive, especially in the second half. Ridgeland had minus-2 yards of total offense after halftime and committed three third-quarter turnovers, one of which turned into a 95-yard interception return touchdown for Bluffton's Jaquan Campbell.
"I think we wore down mentally," Ridgeland coach Richard Kirkland said. "We couldn't get nothing going in the second half, and when you see the other team keep on scoring on you, it's kind of a buzzkill."
That's something no one has been able to stop the Bobcats from doing so far. They've scored 136 points in two games while displaying a bevy of offensive weapons.
Lowry and Zach Scott each scored twice Friday, a week after Jerry Scott scored four touchdowns and Eric Boyles added two. Eight different offensive players have scored touchdowns for the Bobcats.
It's a prospect that leads Bluffton coach Ken Cribb to say he's "tickled" at his offense's potential.
"If C.J. was a 4.4 (40-yard dash) guy who could run my option stuff, too, I'd have died and already gone to heaven," Cribb said. "This would be football heaven. ... And I'd be talking some trash then."