The Silver Bluff Bulldogs, led by sixth-year head coach De’Angelo Bryant, started its season strong by going on the road and avenging a 2022 loss to the South Aiken Thoroughbreds. Led by quarterback Mickenzie Atterberry, Jr., who accounted for 264 total yards (170 PASS, 94 RUSH) and three touchdowns, the team jumped out to a commanding 17-point fourth quarter lead before holding on to post a 34-31 victory.
The Bulldogs finished with 455 yards of total offense and got both a receiving and rushing touchdown from All-State two-way RB/LB Jayden Fuller (No. 4 pictured in video below), a Miami (Ohio) commit who also fielded offers from James Madison, Princeton and Jackson State.
The team’s Week 0 Bad Dog Defensive Player of the Week went to LB Gerald Lark, Jr. (No. 44 pictured in video), who was asked to make several one-on-one tackles versus South Aiken’s explosive All-State performer, Terence Smith, Jr., a UConn commit with 4.38 speed. Smith was spectacular in defeat, completing 11-of-15 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 51 yards and another score on 12 attempts.
Bulldogs running back Joenathan Peeples accounted for 135 yards rushing on 19 carries with one touchdown behind a bruising offensive line led by right guard Trayce Johnson and left tackle Christian Echols, a Charleston Southern commit. The line also got major contributions from the game’s most explosive interior lineman on either side of the ball, Silver Bluff’s Jaydon “BabyMan” Eason, a 6-foot, 280-pound wrecking ball at left guard or defensive tackle.
Another standout for the Bulldogs defense during the night was Georgia Tech commit Jordan Boyd. Boyd excelled working from either a three-point or four-point stance as a right or left defensive end. In the past, the versatile performer has walked out over the slot and operated out of a two-point stance as an outside linebacker.
Boyd’s discipline against South Aiken’s zone read action and bootleg game impressed most of the night. Some of Boyd’s most impressive repetitions came on the kickoff unit while aligned at the L5 position, where he often was the first man down the field despite standing 6-foot-3, 250 pounds.
The Bulldogs (1-0) continue their season this Friday night against Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.