Bluffton coach Ken Cribb says South Pointe's football team is fast.
"We have to get the South Carolina Highway Patrol and their radar guns because they break the speed limit," Cribb said. "That's how fast they are. You can watch them on film and see how quick they are. But you can't experience it until you're out on the field."
Bluffton will get a first-hand look at the Stallions' speed when the two schools play in Saturday's Class AAA state championship. The kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Clemson's Memorial Stadium.
Bluffton opened its doors in 2004 and didn't have a winning season until Cribb arrived last year. The Bobcats were 12-1, losing to Myrtle Beach in the Lower State championship. This year, Bluffton is 14-0.
South Pointe opened in 2005 and fielded a varsity team the next year. The Stallions won the state title in 2008 and have played in the state championship game three times in the last four years.
South Pointe is 13-1 despite losing some major stars to graduation, including defensive end Jadaveon Clowney. The defensive end is starting as a freshman for the South Carolina Gamecocks this year.
"People look around at what we lost and the people around the community doubted us, but this program already has a tradition and these kids took it to heart," first-year coach Strait Herron said.
Bluffton's statistics have been off the charts. The Bobcats are averaging 428 yards and 56 points per game. The defense is just as impressive, allowing only 111 yards per game in the regular season and 358 yards per game in the playoffs.
Cribb runs an offense that is quirky and unique. He says it is a hybrid of a double-wing and pistol. Whatever it is, it works.
Quarterback C.J. Frazier has completed 186 of 318 passes for 3,367 yards and 55 TDs. Receivers Eric Boyles has 54 catches for 1,002 yards and 14 TDs and Dimitri Lowry has 1,099 yards and 23 scores.
"Our success is a result of year-round work effort," Cribb said. "It starts in the weight room, carries over to spring ball and to the passing league. It's amazing how hard work pays off."
South Pointe enters with a 13-1 record. Quarterback Devin Pearson leads the offense. He's rushed for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns and has passed for 1,553 yards and 20 scores.