The Lugoff-Elgin cheerleaders had all of their participants in the previous week's cheer clinic on hand to help cheer the Demons on Friday night. Those girls had a lot to cheer about on the humid and windy evening as the Demons dominated Brookland Cayce, 55-18.
LE took the opening possession of the game and cruised down the field. Forrest Koumas connected with Julian Baxter with a 20 yard scoring pass, which would be the first of 28 first quarter points. With Grayson Quick out of the lineup due to illness, Robert Frame kicked his first varsity pat to the put the Demons up 7-0. Julian Baxter would score again in the first period on a 35 yard run. Freshman Zach Hellman would boot the pat through for a 14-0 lead.
Despite the quick Demon scores, Brookland Cayce would not be deterred. Jonathon Rumph would be on receiving end of a 28 yard Zach Warner pass. LE's Julian Baxter would bust through the line and block the pat to preserve a 14-6 LE advantage. That wouldn't last long though as Julian Baxter would take the ensuing kickoff from the 15 and thread his way through the Bearcat lineup and hit paydirt. The kick would be good and with the snap of a finger, LE was again dominating with a 21-6 lead. Before the first quarter gun would go off, Devonte Alexander would find the end zone via a 24 yard run. Going into the second quarter, the Demons would enjoy a 15 point advantage, 21-6.
The second quarter saw more of the same, however, BC would get the first score of the period. Fullback Jacob Baxter would get in for a score on a 15 yard run. The two point conversion try was unsuccessful and the winless Bearcats would close the gap to 21-12.
Forrest Koumas would get his first scoring run on the night as he showed his speed on an 84 yard touchdown jaunt. The extra point would be blocked the interior of the BC line and the Demons would go up, 34-12.
With only 25 ticks left on the clock til halftime, Koumas would get in for a four yard scoring run. The pat was good and LE was on cruise control enjoying a 41-12 lead.
BC would get the ball to start the third quarter and make the most of it scoring on a 28 yard pass. The Bearcats extra point futility would continue as the two point conversion failed, closing the gap to a 41-18 Demon lead.
Lugoff Elgin would score two more times in the fourth quarter. The first would be on a five yard run by Julian Baxter and the second would be on a 52 yard interception return for a score from a player not listed on the roster for the final 55-18 victory margin.
-- Forrest Koumas was named the Sports Connection Kool 102.7 Player of the Game due to his combined four touchdowns and 221 all purpose yards.
-- The game was broadcast on two radio stations. Of course, the flagship station of LE sports, Kool 102.7/Startime AM 1590 was broadcasting, but also Brookland Cayce's broadcast crew from 95.9 FM radio was there. The BC crew interviewed LEHS principal Tommy Gladden at halftim.
-- Friday also was Corporate Appreciation Night as business sponsors were recognized at halftime of the game. With decreased school budgets, it's more important than ever for businesses to help out the Lugoff-Elgin Athletic programs. Sports add a lot to the enrichment of students and pride in their school and is an important part of the total high school experience. Without support of local businesses, some students would not be able to experience those things.
-- It's hard to believe that we're now five weeks into the season as this game marked the midway point of the regular season. It also is the final non region game of the year.
-- Lugoff-Elgin will be on the road for two tough road games before we return to Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. The first will be Friday, October 2 as LE travels to Chapin to battle the Eagles. LE came from behind to beat the Eagles last year for the Demons Homecoming game, 28-24. Currently Chapin sits undefeated at 5-0 on the year and is 8th in a local sports writers poll while LE is 9th. The following Friday, LE will make the long bus ride to Chester to battle the Cyclones. Chester is also undefeated at the moment and is rated the top team in 3A. So pack up the kids, get your Demon gear on and support the LE football team as we begin region play on the road.