Going into Friday's game with the Fairfield Central Griffens, Lugoff-Elgin had their backs against a proverbial wall. The Demons had a 1-2 region mark while the Griffens were on top of the region with a 3-0 record. At the end of the night, the best case scenario would fall into place as the Demons would take care of business, beating Fairfield, 24-13.
Lugoff-Elgin would hold have to wait to their second possession of the night to get on the board. Forrest Koumas put the exclamation point on a nine play, 55 yard drive. Koumas took the ball into the end zone on a one yard quarterback keeper. Grayson Quick's pat was good and LE was on top 7-0 with 4:45 left in the first quarter.
The lead didn't last long, however. After Quick booted the kickoff into the end zone on the kickoff, FC would get the ball at their own 20. The Griffens first play would be a handoff to Joseph Morgan who would outrace the Demon defenders to the end zone. The pat was good and the score was knotted up at seven.
Lugoff-Elgin would retake the lead thanks to a 33 yard field goal by Grayson Quick with 22 seconds left in the opening quarter.
With each ensuing Griffen possession, Scott Stogner's defense would make the proper adjustments, make the plays and end Fairfield Central's drives. That was the case on FC's next possession as LE frustrated FC with a three and out.
Lugoff-Elgin would get the ball back on a punt at their own 33 yard line. Forrest Koumas would fade back to pass and roll out of the pocket and hit Devonte Alexander in stride who had his man beat by three steps and find his way to the end zone. That strike would increase the Demons lead to 17-7, after Quick's kick, with 10:57 left in the half.
Lugoff-Elgin would force the Griffens to punt after another three and out series, but the Demons would give the ball back to Fairfield Central off an interception. LE's defense would come up big again. A Griffen holding penalty would force FC to go for it on fourth and 11. Trey Poston and Zach Connell would get through the line and sack the quarterback to give the ball back to LE with 5:10 left in the second quarter.
Lugoff-Elgin couln't get in scoring range so they were forced to punt it back to Fairfield Central, who in turn couldn't move the ball. With the Griffens punting out of their own end zone and a nice return by E. J. Ruiz, LE would have the ball on FC's 33 yard line. Forrest Koumas would hit Julian Baxter on a wide reciever screen who would then weave his way through the maze of Griffen defenders to the end zone. The touchdown would come with 2:17 left in the half and would be the last points LE would put on the scoreboard of the night.
The defense would come up with big plays and make stands throughout the second half. FC would penetrate inside of the LE 10 yard line, however a 23 yard field goal attempt would sail wide right with 7:12 left in the third quarter.
Faced with a fourth and 10 from their own 21, a mishandled snap on the punt would be recovered by Fairfield Central around the 10 yard line.
The Griffens would make the most of the opportunity as quarterback Danny Miller would sneak it in from less than a yard with 11:24 showing left in the game. The Griffens would have a bad snap on the extra point attempt and unsuccessfuly try to run it in for a two point conversion.
Lugoff-Elgin's defense would continue to hold off Fairfield Central attacks and keep the hosts scoreless through the remainder of the game to preserve the 24-13 victory.
-- The Demons had 43 rushes for 217 yards on the night with Julian Baxter leading the way with 124 yds. on 12 carries.
-- Just as important as Devonte Alexanders two catches for 68 yds. and a touchdown was his two huge pass break ups. One occurred in the end zone preventing a FC touchdown.
-- Lugoff-Elgin would have three turnovers on the night. Two interceptions and one fumble.
-- The big news on the way home from Winnsboro was Chapin's 36-30 loss to Lower Richland. Going into the final week of the regular season, the possible playoff scenarios are too numerous to count and almost as complicated to figure out. We just need to go take care of business at home next week on home against A. C. Flora on Senior Night. With key players coming back from injury and getting healthy, I don't think a team in the upstate really wants to see us in the playoffs.