Lugoff-Elgin dominated J. L. Mann Friday night in the first round of the South Carolina 3A playoffs. The Demons set six records enroute to a 49-17 win against the Patriots.
J. L. Mann would get the ball to start the game, however, the second play from scrimmage would be a sign of things to come. Quarterback Cody Younce would take off for a long gain and LE's Julian Baxter would catch up with Younce, knocking the ball loose and the Demons Anthony Myers would recover the loose ball. The Demons' second play from scrimmage would see Phillip Osborne ramble 73 yards for the game's first score just 46 seconds into the game.
LE's defense would stop Mann for a three and out series deep in their own territory. Trey Poston would get through the middle of the line and get a hand on the punt. That allowed Julian Baxter to field the punt on Mann's 36 yard line and be able to run it back for a score with 9:48 left in the first quarter.
The Demon barrage in the first continued as Trent Hudson would score from 63 yards out for the first of his two touchdowns. That score came with 8:44 left in the quarter. Phillip Osborne would get his second touchdown run on the night with 3:45 left in the opening period. That run to paydirt would come from 10 yards. At the end of the first quarter, the homestanding Patriots were staring a 28-0 deficit right in the face.
The first score of the second quarter would come from J. L. Mann's, Eric Beeks from 32 yards out. That followed a fumble on a punt return giving the Patriots a short field to work with. Trent Hudson would answer that score with his second touchdown on the night coming from the Mann eight yard line putting the Demons up 35-7 with 10:23 left in the second. Mann would finish out the scoring in the first half with a 40 yard field goal with 5:27 left.
In an effort to give the Demons two main workhorses a rest and not risk injury, Rashad Jenkins would then score for LE in the quarter's only score. Jenkins would get in from 34 yards out with 8:13 left in the third. That would cap off a 17 play, 80 yard drive to start the second half.
Lugoff-Elgin's freshman, Malik Young would be the featured back on the Demons' final scoring drive of the night. Young would find the end zone from 26 yards out with 4:17 left in the game. This would be the icing on the cake as that drive would feature JV and freshmen team players against J. L. Mann's defensive starters.
Mann would get a touchdown late in the game as Darian Vernon would rumble in from 88 yards against our freshman team defense. That touchdown would close the scoring and make the final margin, LE 49, J. L. Mann 17.
Official Stats - Trent Hudson - 9 carries/188 yds., 2 TD's
Phillip Osborne - 17 carries/175 yds., 2 TD's
Malik Young - 5 carries/45 yds., TD
Forrest Koumas - 3 carries/37 yds.
Rashad Jenkins - 3 carries/33 yds., TD
Campbell Connell - 9 tackles, 1 tfl, .5 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Stephen Bonaparte - 8 tackles, 2.5 tfl, 1 sack
Jahred Palmer - 6 tackles, .5 tfl
Preston Colvin - 6 tackles, 1.5 tfl, 1 sack
Julian Baxter - 5 tackles, 1 tfl, 2 pass break ups, 1 forced fumble, 36 yd. punt return for TD.
Rakeem Hill - 4 tackles, 1 tfl, .5 sack
Anthony Myers - 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 int.
Ryan Wannamaker - 3 tackles, 2 tfl. That set a new school record for tackles for loss at 23.5. Wannamaker broke his own record of 22 set last year and now has 46.5 tackles for loss in two years for the senior.
New School Records Set
1 - Most points scored in a playoff game (49)
2 - Largest margin of victory in a playoff game (32)
3 - Most points scored in consecutive weeks (100)
4 - Most rushing yards in a game (525)
5 - Trent Hudson goes over a 1000 yards in a season. That is the first time LE has had two 1000 yard rushers in a season. Osborne has 1436 and Hudson has 1048 so far on the year.
6 - Ryan Wannamaker reset the school record for tackles for loss in a season so far at 23.5. His old record set last year was 22.
Grayson Quick tied the school record for the most extra points in a game with seven. He connected on all seven of his attempts.
Lugoff-Elgin will go back to the upstate for a 2nd round playoff game against the 10-1 Greer Yellow Jackets on Friday, November 14. Game time is set for 7:30.