Homecoming 2008 for the Lugoff-Elgin Demons had it all. From a pre game parachute jump courtesy of the U. S. Army Special Orgainzation to trick plays, a last minute touchdown, to a defensive stand. In the end though, the final result of LE 28, Chapin 24 left Homecoming Queen, Megan Kirkley and everyone in the Demon stands smiling.
LE would get the opening kickoff and on their first play from scrimmage would lose a fumble to Chapin. The Eagles would make quick work of the miscue as they would score on a 10 yard run from quarterback, Josh Miller just under 90 seconds into the game.
The Demons would bounce back though. On LE's next possession, the Demons would use a little trickeration. Forrest Koumas would throw a lateral to Will Graham who was lined up near the Demon sidelines. Graham would then throw a pass to a wide open Trent Hudson who would take the 48 yard pass to the house for the score. Grayson Quick's PAT would tie the score at seven.
The second quarter would see LE take the lead courtesy of an E. J. Gripper nine yard touchdown run. Quick's kick would put the Demons up by seven with 6:33 left in the half. Chapin's Joe Rister would kick a 36 yard field goal with 2:36 left in the half to cut the Demon lead to 14-10.
The second half would see LE's Trent Hudson finding paydirt three yards out at the 9:35 mark. The kick was good to have the Demons enjoying an 11 point lead. Chapin would begin their comeback with 5:47 left in the third as Graham Montgomery would score on a five yard run. The kick was good and the Eagles were back in the game down by only four at 21-17.
Chapin's final score of the night came on a 92 yard drive that was kept alive by Demon penalites. The Eagles QB, Josh Miller would call his own number and would run the final three yards of the possession to score. Rister's PAT was good and Chapin was ahead for the first time since early in the first quarter, 24-21 with 4:12 left in the game.
The Demons borrowed a play out of the Army's battle plan. To win a battle, you have to use a methodical ground attack and that's what Lugoff-Elgin did. The Demon Hog offensive line of Michael Branham, Colby Jones, Jacob Lynch, Colby Jones, and Jared Singleton fired off the ball and opened holes for running backs Trent Hudson, Phillip Osborne and E. J. Gripper to run through. In fact Osborne reeled off three consecutive 14 yard runs to get the Demons to the Chapin 10 as the clock moved to near the two minute point. E. J. Gripper would get a Koumas handoff and run over the right side of the line only to get stopped at the one. Koumas would then get the call for the quarterback sneak as he rode a Nate Lark block to paydirt. At that point the extra point was critical to get as there was only a three point difference. Quick's kick would be straight and narrow giving LE a 28-24 advantage with 1:26 left in the game.
With a touchback on the Grayson Quick kickoff, the Eagles would start their drive at their own 20. With a long way to go and short time to get there, Chapin would be forced to throw the ball. Instead of finding a Chapin receiver on the first play, LE's Darius Custard would snatch the errant pass. LE would kneel down on the next three plays. Chapin would utilize their remaining timeouts to stop the clock. On fourth down, Trent Hudson would run right and get a short gain short of the first down marker with four seconds left. Forced to go 65 yards in the remaining few seconds, Josh Miller would throw an incomplete pass, but LE was flagged for controversial roughing the passer penalty. Since the game can't end on a defensive penalty, Chapin would have one last chance with no time on the clock at midfield. Josh Miller would roll right and heave a pass three yards into the end zone close to two Chapin receivers only to see a Demon defender there to knock the pass down and preserve their first region victory of the year.
Stats - Phillip Osborne - 17 carries for 185 yds. Trent Hudson - 13 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD. LE rushed a total of 41 times for 353 yards.
Steven Bonaparte - 13 tackles, 1 TFL
E. J. Gripper - 11 tackles
Ryan Wannamaker - 10 tackles, 4 TFL
LE had double digit penalities and over 100 penalty yards for the second straight week.