High School Sports

Bluffton takes apart Battery Creek, 82-0

The celebration -- if you can even call it that -- lasted for about 30 seconds for Bluffton High School on Friday night.

Players smiled during the postgame huddle as coach Ken Cribb praised them for what he called the best offensive performance in his tenure, which seemed like stating the obvious after an 82-0 blowout of county rival Battery Creek at Bobcat Stadium.

But the Bobcats didn't enjoy the moment for very long. And it won't be long either before they start thinking about what's next -- a trip to Berkeley on Friday night with a chance to clinch the Region 7-AAA for the second straight year.

"We're thinking about it immediately," quarterback C.J. Frazier said. "We're thinking about it tonight."

With good reason.

The Stags were the lone blemish on Bluffton's regular-season record last season, though the Bobcats bounced back to win the region title via tiebreaker.

The Bobcats (8-0) can ensure no tiebreaker is needed this time. Bluffton and Berkeley will both take a 3-0 Region 7-AAA record into the matchup.

"We're very excited about the position we're sitting in, excited about traveling to Berkeley and playing for a region championship," Cribb said. "They're the team to beat. The championship runs through them."

Bluffton is making its case as the early favorite.

They were dominant in another record-breaking win Friday against the Dolphins (1-7), who failed to cross midfield in the first three quarters. Bluffton scored on three of its first four plays, and the offense scored every drive in the first half without facing a single third down.

Frazier needed only 10 passes to throw for 151 yards and five touchdowns, all in the opening quarter, giving him 31 touchdowns for the season against only two interceptions.

Jerry Scott found the end zone on all three of his carries, which totaled 110 yards. He also caught a touchdown pass. Dimitri Lowry caught two, and Eric Boyles scored one on the ground and one through the air.

By the conclusion of the first half -- which ended with a Rogan Ferguson fumble return for a touchdown to make the score 69-0 -- it was already another typical night for an offense filled with playmakers.

"It doesn't really matter who I throw the ball to," Frazier said. "I throw to whoever's open. A lot of quarterbacks say that but don't mean it. But I really don't have one guy I would lean toward. I'll throw to any of them on any down."

The Dolphins don't possess the same weaponry. Quarterback Leroy Jennette led the team with 51 yards rushing, but he completed only 3 of 14 passes. He wasn't helped by his wide receivers, who had four dropped passes.

The Dolphins have been outscored 142-0 over the past two weeks.

"We've been taking some pretty tough ones, but our guys continue to show up day in and day out, and that's how we'll get things turned around," Dolphins coach Jim Shuman said. "They're here, they're working, and they're fighting. That's the important thing."

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