For the third time in nine weeks, and for the second consecutive week, Lugoff-Elgin would play a game in the rain. This game would decide who would be the second seed in region 4-3A and ultimately be able to host a first round playoff game. The loser would pack their bags for a first round playoff game on November 7. Lugoff-Elgin won rain games this year against Brookland Cayce and a week earlier at Lower Richland, but this Friday night, LE would drop one to Fairfield Central, 21-12. The downpour would pick up in intensity at the start of the game and the winds would howl throughout the night. Wind gusts would reach over 40 mph at times.
The host Demons would take the opening possession of the game at their own 20. Nine plays later, Phillip Osborne would romp into the end zone from 19 yards out. That run was indicative of what he's done all year as he shed defenders enroute to the score. Grayson Quick's extra point appeared headed through the uprights, however a very strong windgust would force the ball to make a sharp right turn prior to going through and thus, would be no good.
With two minutes left in the first quarter and Lugoff-Elgin scrimmaging in the Griffin end of the field, the first of six Demons turnovers would prove costly. Josh Roseborough would scoop up a fumble and take it 17 yards for Fairfield's first score. The extra point kick would be low and the score would be tied at six.
LE's Grayson Quick would be in punt formation near his own goal line for the first play of the second quarter. A high snap would go over Quick's head and in the ensuing scramble, he would be able to slap the ball out the back of the end zone for a safety, putting FC up by two. After the ensuing free kick, the Griffins wouldn't waste time getting back on the scoreboard. One minute and 37 seconds later, FC's Justin Trapp would hit McKendrix Thompson for a 50 yard touchdown pass. The Griffins owuld go for two and the run would fail giving FC a 14-6 lead. The Griffins would strike again with 4:17 left in the half with another Trapp to McKendrix touchdown pass. This one would be from 18 yards out. The kick would be good on the PAT, and Fairfield Central would take a 21-6 lead into the locker room.
After a scoreless third quarter, Lugoff-Elgin would continue to fight to get back in the game. Just 40 seconds into the final quarter, the Demons workhorse, Phillip Osborne, would score his second touchdown of the night from two yards out. LE would go for the two point conversion with hopes of getting to within a touchdown for a potential tie, but the run would come up short. That would leave the Demons behind by nine points, 21-12, and that my friends, would be the final score.
Official Stats - Phillip Osborne - 23 carries, 112 yds., 2 TD's, 2 fumbles.
Trent Hudson - 12 carries, 94 yds., 3 fumbles
Forrest Koumas - 4/15 passing, 52 yds., 1 int.
Campbell Connell - 22 tackles, 1 pass break up
Ryan Wannamaker - 11 tackles, 1.5 tfl
Rakeem Hill - 10 tackles, 0.5 tfl
Steven Bonaparte - 9 tackles, 1 tfl
By The Numbers - LE would out gain the Griffins by 65 yds. (266-201) and would run seven more plays (59-52).
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