If you were to come up with a thought about this year's Lugoff-Elgin football team, you might want to think about everything that is old is new again. The newest, and perhaps the most talked about thing with the Demons is the fact that enrollment has increased and now LE is playing with the "big boys" of 4A. Lugoff-Elgin will be paired up with some lower state teams of West Florence, South Florence, Carolina Forest, Conway and Sumter. Luckily for Demon fans, we'll only have to travel to Conway once and Florence one time.
To capitalize on the depth and talent at running backs, look for Lugoff-Elgin to go to the old single wing (or "Wild Demon") formation a lot this year. Running backs Darius Custard (#2) and Malik Young (#26) will be the slash and dash runners in the formation. When Lugoff-Elgin wants to go to the power game, look for Zach Connell (#44) to carry the pigskin and steamroll defenders. Don't be surprised to see more old school formations as the season progresses. This should keep opposing defenses on their toes.
When Lugoff-Elgin throws the ball, senior quarterback Will Dorton (#10) will be calling the signals. Junior receiver, Justin Gilstrap (#81) could easily be his favorite target. In the MPCU Kickoff Classic on August 20th, Gilstrap made a one handed catch that should have been the play of the day on ESPN.
Behind every great offense (or should we say in front of every great offense) is the offensive line. This year's group continues the tradition of being fast and strong and led by senior co-captains Kyle Ham (#55) and Jacob Branham (#52).
The home schedule is chocked full of special promotions and big games. Beginning with LE's first home game on Friday, September 3rd will be Little Demons Night. This will be when participants in Lugoff-Elgin's Summer Football Camp will be invited to the game and enjoy some special time with the varsity players prior to the game against Spring Valley.
Friday September 10th is Corporate Appreciation night vs. Dutch Fork. The sponsors of Lugoff-Elgin athletics will be recognized during the game for their donations to the program.
The last of three straight home games on September 17th will feature the rival game with the Camden Bulldogs. If the past is an indication of the present, you will need to come early to ensure yourself of even getting a seat. The fence is always lined with fans looking to be closer to the action or just because they can't find a seat. Circle that date in pen on your calender and make your tailgating plans now for that game.
October 1st will be Legends Night. A very special night to honor two of Lugoff-Elgin's former coaches and principals, Willie Mickle and Creig Tyler. Everyone that was a member of a team they coached or former cheerleader, will be invited onto the field prior to the game for a special presentation to both men. The opponent will be Lexington on that night, which happens to be the school that Tyler is now the principal of.
The next Friday, October 8th will be feature all the pagentry of Homecoming as the Demons play Carolina Forest.
Friday, October 29th will be Senior Night when the Demons host South Florence.
All Home games will have a 7:30 PM scheduled start.
This year's squad boasts 25 seniors on the 59 player varsity roster.
Former coach, Homer Carraway, returns to the Demon sidelines this year.
As was the case in years past, metal detecters will be set up at all the gates. Everyone coming in must pass through them to enter the stadium.
Other security measures include the crossover gate from the visitor side to the home side will be locked. All parking for the home side bleachers will only be accessed on the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School side. Everyone wanting to sit on the visitor side will have to park on the high school side and enter through that gate. If you leave, there is a good likelihood that you will have to pay to reenter the stadium.
Also, access to field level will be limited immediately following the game for the safety of all the athletes, coaches and officials.