One week after Lugoff-Elgin evened their record at 1-1 in a victory over Spring Valley, the host Demons comeback bid against Dutch Fork comes up oh so short, 29-22 in overtime. Both squads opening series ended in three and outs for each offense. Dutch Fork opened the scoring with 1:32 left in the first quarter on an 11 yard run by quarterback, Justin Suber. The extra point was good.
The Silver Foxes would get two more scores in the second quarter courtesy of running back Brandon Quattlebaum. Quattlebaum's first touchdwon came with 7:08 to go before halftime on a one yard run. After a Lugoff-Elgin penalty on the extra point, Dutch Fork would decide to go for the two point conversion. It was converted on a run by Quattlebaum.
Dutch Fork would go back to the well with their 6' 1", 215 pound Junior running back with just over a minute to go in the second quarter. Quattlebaum would find the end zone from just over a yard. The extra point was good, and Dutch Fork went into the halftime locker room, leading 22-0.
As dominating as Dutch Fork was in the first half, Lugoff-Elgin would have to use the entire second half to claw their way back into the game.
Josh Ruiz would get the Demons first score of the night with a seven yard scamper with just under nine minutes left in the third quarter. Grayson Quick's extra point kick was good, and the score was 22-7.
The Demons would overcome adversity all night long. Two examples were on a couple of fourth down plays. One was with Josh Ruiz toting the pigskin. Ruiz would run around and over people and lunged to get the ball over the first down marker near their own 41 yard line. The officials marked him down a half yard short. Later in the fourth quarter, LE would march all the way down inside of the 10. On fourth and goal, Malik Young would turn the right corner, eluding a couple of defenders. However, he couldn't get away from the last Dutch Fork player as he was knocked out of bounds just inside the one to.
Despite the frustrations, the Demons would not give up and began to put the Silver Foxes on their heels. TWith 2:20 left in regulation, Josh Ruiz would find the end zone for his second score of the night from seven yards out and begin the dramatic set of events. A Quick pat would be good, and LE found themselves behind by only eight, 22-14.
Lugoff-Elgin would try an onside kick, however Dutch Fork was able to recover. at midfield. The LE defense would hold and force a Dutch Fork punt, which rolled down inside of the Demon 20.
Lugoff-Elgin would have no timeouts and faced with going the distance to even have a chance to send the game into extra session. With the clock showing under 20 seconds, Demon quarterback, Will Dorton, would show his poise. He took the snap and delivered a precision pass to running back Darrius Custard. Custard would then slice and dice his way through the entire Silver Fox defense to paydirt. That touchdown set off a wild celebration from the Demon fans in the stands. Faced with still being down by two points, LE had to get that two point conversion. The call would be to go Josh Ruiz who took the ball and ran up the middle, shedding would be tacklers to tie the game at 22, which made Lugoff-Elgin Stadium sway in a way it has seen only a handful of times over the years.
After the mandatory three minute timeout between regulation and overtime, Dutch Fork would have the ball first. Each side would get four downs from the 10 yard line for a chance to score. The Silver Foxes only needed one play as Justin Suber found wide receiver Jordan Berry at the goal line for a touchdown. The extra point was good and the Silver Foxes would be leading, 29-22.
The dancing and partying in the Demon stands only minutes before would be short lived. On Lugoff-Elgin's first play on their overtime possession, a double reverse would be called. The second toss of the reverse would be fumbled and ultimately recovered by Dutch Fork to end the Demons dramatic late game comeback.
While the final two plays of the game would send the Demons players and fans home dissapointed, it should take away from the tremendous heart and soul it took to even come back to get to that point.
Lugoff-Elgin's next two games include another huge game with cross county rival, Camden. That game will be at home Friday, September 17 at 7:30. As always, a huge crowd is expected so you'll need to get there early to get through the long lines at the gate.
On Friday, September 24, LE will travel to play the White Knoll Timberwolves at 7:30.
A special night of celebration is scheduled for the Friday, October 1st home game with Lexington. The Demons will be celebrating Legends Night. Lugoff-Elgin will be honoring Creig Tyler and Willie Mickle. Both men coached football at LE and also become principals. A pre game ceremony and activities are being planned. If you played football or were a cheerleader during both coaches tenure, you'll be invited to be down on the field to a part of the ceremony. You can call Lugoff-Elgin football coach and athletic director, Scott Jones at 803-438-8011 for more information on this night. You can also join the facebook page created for this event, "Legends Night."