Year in and year out, the Silver Bluff Bulldogs have a quality team. Last year was no different but it could have been a lot better. That's what this year's team wants to make sure doesn't happen to them.
The Bulldogs finished a respectable 9-3 on the season but that record could have easily been 12-0. You see, their 3 losses all came by 7 points or less, including a two-point loss in the second round of the playoffs to eventual state champion Dillon. It's losses like that that let this team know they can compete with anyone but this year, they want those close losses to be victories.
"We lost three games last year and each one of them by less than a touchdown so our motto has been one more play," said Silver Bluff head coach Al Lown. "We feel like we need one more play to get us over the hump and we're going to push for it all year."
"We're going to do pretty good," said senior Tavuaghn Gaines. "Other teams just going to have to look out. We're going to come hard every game."
The Bulldogs did lose some key players, especially on the line. But they do bring back many skill players, but their biggest returning weapon may be their kicker Kyle Mackey. The senior connected on a 47-yarder last year and has the leg to make it from 50 and beyond.
"Kyle Mackey is definitely one of the best in the state and probably the best in Class AA," said Lown. "He's a big weapon for us and has been for 4 years and has worked hard for it. He could make a difference in some close games."
The Bulldogs will begin the season taking on Fox Creek. After that, they'll face Aiken, South Aiken, Midland Valley, and Strom Thurmond before all-important region play in October.