The Lugoff-Elgin Demons successful season came to an end at the hands of the undefeated and #1 team in South Carolina 3A football, 28-7.
The game would get off to an auspicious start when Le would turn the ball over on a fumble on the opening kickoff. The Demons defense would hold and prevent any score by Daniel, however. When LE would get the ball back, starting tailback, Trent Hudson, would pull a calf muscle on the third play from scrimmage ending his night. After another fumble on the same drive by the Demons, Daniel would make the most of the opportunity and a short field as the Lions Justin Walker would find the end zone after a one yard plunge to put the homestanding Lions up by a touchdown in the first quarter.
Lugoff-Elgin would not see the last of Walker on this frigid night in the upstate of South Carolina. With less than a minute to play in the first half, Walker would fade back to pass. He would elude two Demon defenders in the backfield and run back to the right side. Linebacker Campbell Connell would dive at Walkers ankle and while clinging to his leg, Walker would see Deandre Hopkins at the goal line and complete a 23 yard pass to him for a Daniel score to put them up, 14-0 with :15 seconds left til half. On the ensuing Lugoff-Elgin possession, LE would attempt to get some momentum going into the half. Instead, a Forrest Koumas pass would get intercepted by Hopkins who would then get some key blocks and find seams as he meandered 77 yards for another Daniel score. That touchdown would have the Demons in a huge hole, down 21-0 with one half left in the season.
Bad news once again hit the Demon sideline as starting quarterback Forrest Koumas was diagnosed with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. Koumas would stay in the game at tailback, replacing Hudson who was already out. Senior Will Graham would then take Koumas' spot under center for Lugoff-Elgin. That move proved to be fruitful as Koumas would score the Demons lone touchdown on the night with three seconds left in the third quarter on a three yard plunge. Grayson Quick would make the PAT to cut the Daniel lead to 21-7. The throng of Demon fans was hoping for a quick turnover by the defense to give the offense a chance to make a quick score and begin the comeback. That, however, never materialized. The Lions would get an insurance touchdown with 3:24 left in the game by Michael Wingard off a three yard dive play to secure Daniel's spot in the upperstate championship game against Chester scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving. Daniel's defense would be the key in this game as they forced five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles), kept LE under 200 yards and just seven points. Both of those numbers are season lows for the Demons.
The loss would close the chapter on an exciting year of Demon football and be the final game for 20 seniors who have displayed great leadership for LE. Lugoff-Elgin would finish the season with only the fourth nine win season in school history and first one since 1996.
Official Game Stats
Phillip Osborne - 13 carries/59 yds. (1654 on the year)
Forrest Koumas - 9 carries/44 yds. (363 on the year), 1 TD
Rashad Jenkins - 3 carries/35 yds.
Trent Hudson - 2 carries/21 yds (1197 on the year)
Campbell Connell - 12 tackles, 1 sack
Ryan Wannamaker - 11 tackles, 2 sacks
Jahred Palmer 10 tackles
Davonte Alexander, Darius Custard, and Anthony Myers each with 1 interception.
Total Offensive Yards - LE - 171; Daniel - 242