High School Sports

Football: Chester at Lugoff-Elgin

Site: Demons Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

Chester notes: The Cyclones (3-3, 1-0) opened Region 4-3A with a 21-18 win over Fairfield Central that featured the running game, instead of the pass. Chester had more yards on the ground (190-179) for the first time this season, and put together a 14-play drive late in the game (13 runs) that left FC far away from pay dirt with little time remaining … Julius Pendergrass and Bobby Kelly accounted for the bulk of the production. Pendergrass had 98 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, while Kelly added 77 yards on seven totes … Quarterback Tony McNeal went 13-for-26 passing for 179 yards and one score … Chester won the Region 3-3A championship last season when Blythewood was declared ineligible to defend its 2006 title.

Lugoff-Elgin notes: The Demons improved to 5-1 with a tough 28-24 win over Chapin in the Region 4-4A opener that wasn’t assured until Darius Custard intercepted a Chapin pass with less than one minute remaining in the game … L-E put together a six-play, 55-yard scoring drive to secure the come-from-behind homecoming verdict. The moved concluded with a 1-yard scoring dive by quarterback Forrest Koumas with 1:26 remaining … L-E finished with 278 net yards rushing with Phillip Osborne and Trent Hudson leading the way. Osborne finished with 185 yards on 17 carries, while Hudson rang up 102 yards and one touchdown on 13 attempts … The defense, without injured linebacker Campbell Connell in the lineup, did what was needed to secure L-E’s four straight win. Steven Boneparte and E.J. Gripper led the hit parade with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. Ryan Wannamaker had 10 tackles and four tackles for loss … To date, Osborne has 851 yards and five TDs on 108 carries. Hudson stands at 484 yards on 59 totes and seven scores. The Demons are averaging 272.7 yards rushing per game, while holding the opposition ground game to 92.3 yards per outing … The defense has 16 takeaways in six games, 10 of them being interceptions. Devonte Alexander has four picks, Anthony Myers three. Custard’s theft was his first of the season, but he also has a team-high two fumble recoveries.

Series history: L-E dominated the series at the outset, winning eight of the first nine games, but the Cyclones have had the upper hand of late with three straight wins over the Demons. Chester has hung two straight shutouts on L-E, outscoring the Demons by a combined 120-16 count in the last three encounters.