Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Ashley Ridge football team was competitive Friday, but was unable to upset undefeated Bluffton.
The Bobcats earned a 37-20 win to improve to 8-0 on the season with a 2-0 mark in Region 8-AAAA. For the Swamp Foxes (2-6, 1-1), the game was reminiscent of their encounters with Wando and Cane Bay earlier this season.
“I feel we let our game with Bluffton slip away,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “They are a good team but for us the difference this year compared to last year is we are not making the big plays when we have the opportunities. We are disappointed in the loss but I'm encouraged with our effort. We still have a lot to play for these last three games and we can turn our season around with a strong finish.”
The Swamp Foxes moved the ball and early in the game it seemed the team might finally put everything together to earn the big win it has been searching for. Ashley Ridge took a 7-0 lead off a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Thompson to Mikey Goodwine and that lead stuck for nearly two quarters.
However, Bluffton made the next three scores. The game was tied at the half, but the Bobcats took advantage of a pair of short fields early in the third quarter to take a 21-7 lead.
Romelo Doctor, who had another 100-yard rushing night, scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter as well as on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. His second score pulled the Swamp Foxes within seven points of the Bobcats with most of the final quarter still remaining.
However, the Swamp Foxes were unable to capitalize on the rest of their drives while Bluffton added a 41-yard field goal and a TD run in the closing minutes.
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