The Cane Bay Cobras will be coming off their most anemic performance offensively in six years when they travel to Ashley Ridge High School on Sept. 13.
The last time out was an exercise in futility for the Cobras. Fort Dorchester dominated from the outset, building a 42-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-0 victory at CBHS on Aug. 30.
It was the first shutout defeat for the Cobras since opening the 2013 season with a 28-0 loss to Summerville High School. Cane Bay fell to 0-6 all-time against Fort Dorchester.
Cane Bay, which had beaten West Ashley 20-12 on Aug. 23, was off on Sept. 6.
“It was one of those things where they were just a lot better football team than us,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “We had some adversity early and I don’t think we came back from that in the first half. We had the ball snapped over the punter’s head and gave them the ball on the 2-yard line on the first series. I felt like we played on our heels the whole first half. Sometimes they’re just better than you and they were a whole lot better than us tonight.”
Ironically, on the same night, Ashley Ridge was blanked for the first time since the 2013 season (14-0, Fort Dorchester) in a 40-0 loss to Berkeley on Aug. 30. The Foxes had beaten Goose Creek 21-20, a week earlier.
Zehr gave the Cobras an off day on Labor Day and they received more time away from the field as the state prepared for possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
“Hopefully they’ll do some soul searching and put this thing back together again,” Zehr said. “It’s hard to get beat like that by someone, especially on your home field, but at the same time they need to see what 5A football looks like. Hopefully that will motivate them to get better.”
The Cane Bay-Ashley Ridge series was once a true rivalry. Both schools opened in 2008 and were equally green on the gridiron. They played twice each of the first two seasons and it made perfect sense for both programs at the time.
While Cane Bay and Ashley Ridge have developed stronger rivalries with their Berkeley County and Dorchester County counterparts over the years, the series is still a good one.
Cane Bay won 28-21 last year to continue a competitive series. Eight of the matchups have been decided by eight points or less.
Ashley Ridge leads all-time 7-6.
Through two games, Cane Bay’s leading rusher is fullback Leon Staley with 178 yards. Quarterback Xavier Mitchell-Brown has 100 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Receiver Robbie Pruitt has two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Through two games, Ashley Ridge quarterback Matt Duncan was 26 of 39 for 270 yards and two scores. Cameron Cuttino had 146 yards and a touchdown. Receivers Rashard Brown and Owen grabbed six passes apiece for 64 and 54 yards respectively.
“Their quarterback is a four-year starter so he knows what he’s doing,” Zehr said. “With (offensive coordinator Bobby Marion) over there, they’re doing a lot of different stuff. He gives you a lot to prepare for. He’s got a wrinkle out of every formation they line up in.”
Ashley Ridge was slated to play at Stratford on Sept. 6 but Dorian was expected to either postpone or cancel the contest.
Cane Bay is at Summerville on Sept. 20 while Ashley Ridge travels to James Island.