Bluffton outlasts Flora, faces South Pointe

Special to The (Columbia) StateNovember 26, 2011 

The Bluffton offense proved too much to handle for A.C. Flora at Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Quarterback C.J. Frazier passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Bobcats outlasted the Falcons 44-35 to win the Class 3A Lower State championship.

While Bluffton rolled up 565 yards of total offense, A.C. Flora couldn't find the defensive means to contain the Bobcats.

"We just didn't play well in any facet of the game," A.C. Flora coach Dean Howell said. "We spent a lot of time on the water bucket, gave up a touchdown, and part of it's our fault. We let them get on the edge all night, and that's my fault. We just didn't play well, bottom line."

Bluffton (14-0) will play South Pointe in Clemson next week for the 3A state title.

Bluffton jumped to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Bobcats struck first on C.J. Frazier's 67-yard touchdown strike to Marquis Webber in the opening seconds. After Flora fumbled the ball away, they followed up with Jerry Scott's 10-yard run at the 4:01 mark, followed by Scott's run for the 2-point conversion.

A.C. Flora went straight to work at digging itself out of the hole. After the Bluffton score, the Falcons drove 80 yards on 13 plays, scoring on Cagle's 10-yard TD pass to Carlton early in the second quarter.

Late in the second, the Falcons drove to the Bluffton 12-yard line, set up by a 28-yard Keith Goss run. However, Goss dropped a Carlton pitch on the next play and the Bobcats took over.

They didn't get far. Falcons defender Jake Lewis breathed new life into his team with an interception at midfield. A.C. Flora drove deep into Bluffton territory once again, and this time R.J. Joyner barreled into the end zone with 1:32 left.

Joyner caught Cagle's pass for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 15, but the stalemate didn't last long. Bluffton drove the length of the field in just over a minute. Frazier found Webber again from 16 yards out to give them a 22-15 lead going into intermission.

The Falcons tied it up at 22 with a five-yard touchdown run from Keith Goss, but Bluffton jumped to a 34-22 lead before A.C. Flora's Kendrell Jones-Kimble scored on a fourth-quarter 10-yard TD run. The Bobcats put the game just out of reach with a field goal from Mallie Sprouse and another TD from Jerry Scott.

Cagle closed out the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run for the Falcons, but the kick was blocked.

"Everybody who paid to see this game got their money's worth," said Bluffton (13-0) head coach Ken Cribb. "My hat's off to their players and their coaches. Unbelievable about how hard they fought and how smart they were. They really utilized their ability. It was unbelievable."

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