It was a tough day for the Bluffton Bobcats.
On the same day they learned they'd have to forfeit their 75-0 win over Battery Creek in Week Zero, they fell 21-8 at Effingham County (Ga.).
"It was a great game," head coach Ken Cribb said. "The guys played their hearts out. We had a chance at the end."
Trailing 14-8 after getting a safety, the Bobcats (0-2) fumbled away the free kick. Then on defense, the Bobcats tried to strip the ball away and Effingham County scored to put the game out of reach.
Cribb said turnovers killed Bluffton, as the Bobcats made "five or six at critical times," including one inside the 10.
Injuries didn't help matters. Cribb said the Bobcats had a couple significant ones including one player in the hospital for precautionary reasons. Senior defensive end Shameik Blackshear came off the field in the third quarter, as well.
"Talking about a physical football game, you can't get more physical than tonight," Cribb said. "I've got one kid having to get a knee checked on. I can't say much more. I just don't know."
Cribb said the defense played out of its mind and lauded the play of Alex Davis, LaQuan Washington and Jack Aerni on offense. Washington scored the Bobcats' only touchdown on a 9-yard run.
As for dropping to 0-2, Cribb still has a positive outlook.
"To be honest with you, region play is all that really matters," he said. "We don't schedule for points. I still live by my stance that if we're not in the top three, we shouldn't be in the playoffs anyway.All this does is gets us ready for region games."