ASHLEY RIDGE AT LUGOFF-ELGIN
Lugoff-Elgin: Despite getting off to a 1-5 start and suffering a spate of injuries, L-E can take pride in its first season at the Class 4A level. The Demons turned things around on Region 6 play, finishing with a 4-1 conference record and a share of first place with South Florence It was the program’s first conference title (shared or outright) since 1981 Darius Custard and Zach Connell both ran for more than 200 yards in last week’s 41-32 win against Sumter in the regular season finale. Custard dashed for 255 yards and three touchdowns on 29 caries, while Connell rumbled for 201 and one TD on 21 totes Tripp O’Cain had a good game on defense with eight tackles and two sacks For the season, Custard has 1,317 yards rushing and 16 total touchdowns on the books. Josh Ruiz leads the team with 87 tackles, while O’Cain is credited with 70 stops and a team high six sacks.
Ashley Ridge: The Swamp Foxes from the Summerville area qualified for the state playoffs for the second time in the school’s three-year history. The notable aspect is Ashley Ridge pulled it off after making the jump from Class 2A to 4A, No school is SC history has ever moved up two levels come realignment time. Plus, the Swamp Foxes did it under new management. Former Summerville football assistant and head wrestling coach Kenny Walker replaced Doc Davis this season AR (5-6) relies heavily on a passing game that features QB Cameron Cox and wide receivers Seamus McKinney and Nick Webb.
Playoff history: Ashley Ridge lost its only playoff outing so far – a 35-7 decision to Silver Bluff in 2A in 2007 L-E is 15-17 in state playoff matters, and has advanced as far as the third round in 2008, 2002, 2001 and 1980.