BLUFFTON — Summerville outscored Bluffton, 38-28, Friday night to finish the regular season 9-2 and finished the season for the Bobcats.
Bluffton is out of the playoffs for the first time under fourth-year coach Ken Cribb. It brought to a close a memorable run that saw Bluffton earn a state championship berth in 2011 and another pair of final four appearances in 2010 and 2012.
“It definitely hurts, man, to know that it’s over now,” a teary-eyed K.J. Ford said. “I don’t even know what to say.”
Even a victory would not have aided this year’s hard-luck Bluffton bunch, as Beaufort High and Fort Dorchester both won Friday night to ensure the Bobcats started their offseason regimen early.
Summerville churned up the Bluffton defense, as the Green Wave outscored the Bobcats 38-7 into the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Quarterback Sawyer Bridges led the charge with a methodical 17-of-31 performance in which he threw for 333 yards and three scores.
“We knew to win this game we would get a higher seed in the playoffs, so it was a big game for us,” Bridges said. “And we knew they were going to come out hard, because it was their last game of the season.”
Summerville 3 10 11 14—38
Bluffton 14 0 7 7—28
B — Gerald Roberson 7 rush (Ken Mayo kick)
B — B.J. Hill 1 rush (Mayo kick)
S — David Kennedy 36 FG
S — Johnston McCurry 7 catch from Sawyer Bridges (Kennedy kick)
S — Kennedy 22 FG
S — Chris Felder 2 rush (Donnell Bryan catch)
B — Jack Aerni 26 catch from Alex Davis (Mayo kick)
S — Kennedy 34 FG
S — Donnell Bryan 31 catch from Bridges (Kennedy kick)
S — McCurry 26 catch from Bridges (Kennedy kick)
B — Vinny Boni 16 catch from Davis (Mayo kick)