A flood warning was issued for Zemp Stadium Friday night. Lugoff-Elgin's fans were decked out in red to form the Red Sea. While the Camden Bulldogs could tread water for a while in the Red Sea, choppy surf and high tides would help doom the Dogs on this 30th meeting between the two schools, as Lugoff-Elgin won their fourth straight game in the series, 24-6. The first time this has happened and something the LE class of 2010 can boast from now to eternity - the first class to do so. Despite the somewhat lopsided final score, the game was tight until midway through the fourth quarter.
In a game that featured two powerful offenses, the first quarter ended in a scoreless tie as both teams were in a battle of field position. After a promising drive stalled at Camden's 47 yard line, LE would be forced to punt. On the ensuing Camden possession, Lugoff-Elgin's defense was able to get the ball back on a fumble as Demon Julian Baxter would recover the loose pigskin on Camden's 31 with 8:31 left in the half.
It didn't take long for Lugoff-Elgin to take advantage of that turnover as E. J. Ruiz would hit paydirt just two minutes and 14 seconds later from a yard out. Grayson Quick would hit the pat to put the Demons up 7-0.
Penalities on Camden would be aide in their demise on the warm and muggy night. The Bulldogs would see penalites kill a drive and force them backwards as they were faced with a 4th and 16 from their own 38 with just over three minutes left in the half. Lugoff-Elgin would take over and begin to march down the field. The penalty bug must have been contagious as the virus would assist in stalling the Demon drive with :31 left in the half. Grayson Quick would line up for a 52 yard field goal attempt. That attempt would be partially blocked by a Bulldog lineman. Camden was content on going into the locker room down by only seven.
The Bulldogs, who won the coin toss at the start of the game, deferred their possession to the second half. Camden came out with a renewed enthusiasm while Lugoff-Elgin looked flat and out of sync. The Dogs used that deadly combination to get on the board. Running back Savon Wingate would get into the end zone with 9:59 left in the third quarter. The pat was wide left, leaving the Demons with a slim one point lead.
As the momentum pendelum began to swing toward the Camden sidelines, Forrest Koumas would hook up with Devonte Alexander on a 61 yard pass play for the Demons' second TD of the night. It was a thing of beauty as Alexander had his defender beat and while running in full stride reached out and let the pass float onto his fingertips. In the stretch, Alexander appeared to almost lose his balance but regained it and rambled on into the north end zone to send the LE faithful into a frenzy. The ensuing pat by Quick was good and the Demons were on top, 14-6.
Camden would not be deterred. The Dogs would take the next drive to the Lugoff-Elgin 31 yard line with 5:52 left in the 3rd quarter when their 4th and 9 attempt to keep the drive alive failed.
Behind strong and determined running of E. J. Ruiz, the Demons would drive down inside of the Camden 10. Not being able to get into the end zone, Grayson Quick would be called upon for a 25 yard field goal which he would connect on with 3:43 left in the third quarter giving the Demons a 17-6 advantage.
With Lugoff-Elgin up by two scores, the Demons were content to eat up the clock and run the ball. However, it wasn't the Demons offense that would be used to increase the score. Camden was forced to throw the ball, and despite several tips of Bulldog Josh Council's passes throughout the contest, Devonte Alexander would make the most of the one he would pick off. Anticipating the throw in his direction, he would step up and intercept the pass in stride and streak down the Demon sidelines to paydirt. Quick's kick was on the money and LE was up 24-6 with 3:02 left in the game and securing the fourth consecutive win over Camden.
-- Lugoff-Elgin fans came early and seemed to have a larger contingent of followers than Camden had. Despite being on the opposite side of the Camden press box, LE's fans were so loud, you could hear them on Kool 102.7's radio broadcast.
-- The tackling wasn't confined to the two teams in uniform. Twenty five minutes before kickoff, some Camden students walked through the Demon student cheering section. As some Demon fans were yelling through a megaphone, a Camden supporter snatched it out of their hands and proceeded to the Camden side of the field. The LE supporters would not have any of that. Two members of the Demon paint crew went over and brought it back despite being repeatedly tackled by members of Camden's paint crew.
-- After the game, the Lugoff-Elgin team buses were followed back across the Wateree River by a contingent of horn honking fans. As Demon supporters passed the team buses and honked their horns, their well wishes were reciprocated by the Demon team as they acknowledged those honks with yells of their own.
-- Lugoff-Elgin will host the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats on Friday, September 25 on Corporate Appreciation Night at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. Kick off is at 7:30 pm. This will be the final non conference game of the year.
-- Lugoff-Elgin students raised over $2300 for United Way in a fundraising competition with Camden. The Bulldogs, however, came up with over $10,000 and won. Actually the United Way and Kershaw County won with over $12,000 raised in five days.