In a battle of two top 10 teams in 3-A, Chester would edge out the Lugoff-Elgin Demons by a slim margin of 22-19 on Corporate Appreciation Night.
Lugoff-Elgin would fumble the ball away on the opening drive of the game, giving Chester a short field to work with. On the sixth play of the drive, the Cyclones K. J. Dixon would get into the end zone from one yard out. The pat would be good giving Chester a 7-0 lead.
Lugoff-Elgin wouldn't be fased on the next drive though. The Demons would get the ball at their own 35 yard line and march down the field. LE would use 19 plays and take nearly nine minutes off the clock and keep the potent Cyclone offense off the field. The Demons' Trent Hudson would burst in for a Demon score from two yards out. Grayson Quick's pat was ruled no good, leaving LE a point behind.
Chester would get the next drive and begin another drive. Chester would get to the Demon 11 yard line and try a pass to a Cyclone receiver near the goal line, however, Demon Anthony Myers would deflect the pass allowing LE's Julian Baxter to snatch it out of mid air at the four. Baxter would then begin a romp down the Chester sideline shedding tacklers for a touchdown with 8:42 left in the half. That 96 yard return set a new school record in the process and put the Demons up by six. After an LE timeout, the Demons two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful giving LE a slim six point lead going into halftime.
Lugoff-Elgin would force Chester to punt on their first possession of the seond half. Trey Poston would get through the center of the line and get a hand on the punt and ultimately giving LE great field position.
Eight plays later, Trent Hudson would find paydirt for the second time on the night. His three yard run and a Grayson Quick pat would give the Demons a 19-7 lead with three and a half minutes to go in the third quarter.
Chester would return the ensuing kickoff to their 35 yard line. On the first play of the final quarter, Julian Pendergrass would score from one yard out for Chester. The pat was good to cap off the 11 play drive that took just over three and a half minutes.
Chester's defense would hold force the Demons to punt on their next possession. That is where the drama would kick into high gear. Faced with third and long and even a fourth down play, Chester would get just enough yardage to keep their drive alive. Julian Pendergrass would put the Cyclones ahead with a one yard scoring run to finalize the 11 play drive. Leading by just a point at 20-19, Chester would be successful on the two point conversion giving them a three point cushio with 3:32 left in regulation.
Lugoff-Elgin was thinking back to just a week prior as they were faced with a similiar situation with Chapin in having to make a game winning drive with about the same amount of time of the clock. LE would be forced to win this game, however without starting QB Forrest Koumas and offensive lineman, Jacob Lynch as both players were forced to the sideline with injuries in the second quarter.
Back up QB, Will Graham would be knocked woozy and the Demons would have to go with sophomore QB, Will Dorton. With the ball at midfield, Dorton would line up in the shotgun formation and being under a Cyclone defensive rush, would step up in the pocket and fire a pass to Julian Baxter near the Cyclone 22 yard line. The pass would fall incomplete but a pass interferance penalty would give the Demons an automatic first down and new life near the one minute mark. Chester's defense would hold as LE would go for it on fourth down only to see Will Graham get sacked and LE's chance for another comeback victory go down with him.
Chester's win gives them sole possession of first place in Region 4-3A. Lugoff-Elgin's record is now even at 1-1 in the conference with games at Lower Richland, home to Fairfield Central and on the road to A. C. Flora to round out the final three weeks of the regular season.
Demon Notes - Lugoff-Elgin had four different players attempt passes in this game. Forrest Koumas, Will Graham, Will Dorton and Trent Hudson.
Check your local listings for when this game will be replayed on Tru Vista Cable Channel 39. They are videtaping each home game and dubbing in the Kool 102.7 radio play by play to give you actual game coverage.