Senior running back Matt Murray ran for four touchdowns Friday to lead Fort Dorchester to a 62-34 win over visiting Bluffton.
Murray scored on runs of 4 and 18 yards in the first half and on runs of 50 and 4 yards in the second.
“It was really all due to the O-line,” Murray said. “I give credit to them and just want to give thanks to God because without God none of this would be possible.”
With the win, the Patriots improved to 6-3 with a 2-1 mark in Region 8-AAAA. Bluffton fell to 5-4, 1-2.
“We’ve played pretty good this year but had some bad breaks,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “I mean we stuck 62 on a pretty good football team tonight and I think it has been a while since somebody did that to Bluffton. I’m proud of our guys on offense and defense. You have to give Bluffton credit, they didn’t quit so I’m happy with the job we did.”
Patriot quarterback Kobe Garrett completed 11 passes for 212 yards and connected with receiver Corey Rawlings on two TD passes. Garrett also rushed for two scores.
Rawlings led the Patriot receivers with four receptions for 102 yards. Rashad Palmer also had four catches to finish with 62 receiving yards.
The Patriots rushed for approximately 380 yards. Nahshon Cyrus led the way with 154 yards on 14 carries and Murray finished with 141 yards on 14 carries.
Bluffton had three rushing TDs, two of which came from LaQuan Washington. The Bobcats’ other scores came on an 85-yard pass and a 97-yard kick return.
The Patriot defense forced four turnovers. Lineman Eurndraus Bryant and defensive back D.J. Commodore both intercepted a Bluffton pass and lineman Myles White and linebacker Anthony Foreman both recovered fumbles.
The first two turnovers set the tone for the game.
White’s fumble recovery ended Bluffton’s first possession. On the Fort’s first play from scrimmage, Garrett threw to a wide-open Rawlings and the receiver then dashed to the end zone for a 31-yard scoring play.
The Patriots forced a fourth-and-10 on Bluffton’s next possession and the Bobcats tried a trick play.
The Bluffton punter tossed the ball up into the air underhanded to simulate a punt in hopes that a receiver could catch it and run up field for a first down. However, Bryant alertly came off of his block and caught the ball for the Patriots.
The Fort went on to take a 20-7 lead into the second quarter and a 41-14 lead into the half.
Bluffton 7 7 20 0–34
Fort Dorchester 20 21 7 14 –62
F – Corey Rawlings 31 pass from Kobe Garrett (Rawlings kick)
F –Matt Murray 4 run (Rawlings kick)
B – Gerald Roberson 85 pass from Alex Davis (Ken Mayo kick)
F – Murray 18 run (kick failed)
F – Garrett 35 run (Rawlings kick)
F – Rawlings 28 pass from Garrett (Rawlings kick)
F – Garrett 12 run (Rawlings kick)
B – Jawara Middleton 97 kick off return (Mayo kick)
F – Murray 50 run (Rawlings kick)
B – LaQuan Washington 17 run (kick failed)
B – Washington 2 run (Mayo kick)
B – Hayden Dwyer 19 run (Mayo kick)
F – Nahshon Cyrus 1 run (Rawlings kick)
F – Murray 4 run (Riley Rozanski kick)