High School Sports

Bluffton still going strong, 55-7

Michael Grant acknowledges a rivalry is starting to brew within the Bluffton High School football team.

It's friendly in nature, the senior linebacker emphasizes, though sometimes trying to come out on the winning side of this argument is his best motivation.

Which is better -- the Bobcats' offense or defense?

Both made yet another statement Friday night, and the Bobcats pulled away for a 55-7 victory against visiting Wade Hampton to improve to 5-0.

The defense continued to impress in the win. Grant scored on an interception return to give the Bobcats their fourth defensive score in the past two weeks and their seventh for the season.

By comparison, the Bobcats have allowed only four touchdowns in five games this season.

"Sometimes them boys talk a little too much," Grant said of the offense with a smile. "So we show them we can score, too. We're trying to catch up."

They still have a long way to go before doing that.

Although the Bobcats' 55-point output was actually their lowest of the season, they showed no signs of slowing down offensively.

Jerry Scott returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for a 27-point first quarter.

C.J. Frazier threw four touchdowns -- three of them to Dimitri Lowry -- in a 231-yard performance. Lowry was Frazier's end zone target, but Eric Boyles did most of the damage in the passing game. The senior finished with 125 receiving yards, and he caught one touchdown and ran for another.

Zachary Scott added a touchdown for the Bobcats.

"We've developed a real fast tempo," Boyles said. "Score a touchdown on every drive -- that's what we're trying to accomplish."

Dondre Brown scored Wade Hampton's lone touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Corinthian Williams led the Red Devils (2-2) with 37 rushing yards on 11 attempts.

The Bobcats were stopped three times Friday -- all turnovers. They fumbled six times and lost three of them, the lone hiccup in an otherwise smooth night.

Bluffton will take a 5-0 record into region play for the second consecutive season. The Bobcats have a bye next week before opening their Region 7-AAA schedule with a trip to Lake Marion on Sept. 30.

Bluffton won Region 7-AAA with a 3-1 league record last year during its 12-2 season.

"We know we have a great chance to defend (our title)," Bobcats coach Ken Cribb said. "We have high expectations."