Site: Demons Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Storyline: The winner takes a giant step toward securing second place in Region 4-3A and earning a home game in the first round of the state playoffs. Both Fairfield Central and Lugoff-Elgin have fallen to front-running Chester. The Cyclones can wrap up the No. 1 region with a win over A.C. Flora this week. The only way Friday’s winner can have a shot at winning the region title is for Chester to drop its final two regular season outings.
Fairfield Central notes: The Griffins (6-2, 2-1) drubbed A.C. Flora 43-0 last week behind the play of quarterbacks Justin Trapp and Danny Mill and a dominating performance on defense … Trapp was 9-for-12 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns and Miller was 4-for-5 for for 68 yards and two scores. The duo has combined for 96 completions on 153 attempts for 1420 yards and 18 TDs so far. Trapp also led the team in rushing with 82 yards with 13 carries vs. Flora … The defense posted its second straight shutout, its third of the season. The carnage vs. the Falcons included four takeaways, four sacks and nine tackles for loss. Ralph Cooper had 11 tackles, two TFL and one sack. Three of Darius Hamlett’s four tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. Chris Hopkins had three tackles and two interceptions … McKendrix Thompson leads 37 catches for 682 yards and 13 scores. The team rushing leader is Greg Gagsden, who has 550 yards and eight TDs on 89 attempts … Cooper and Josh Roseborough led the team with 55 and 53 tackles, respectively. Jordan Belton leads the team with 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Lugoff-Elgin notes: The Demons (6-2, 1-1) parlayed excellent field position into a second-half rally that produced a 17-7 win last week at Lower Richland. All of the scoring came after the extended halftime break … Grayson Quick broke the ice with a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter, followed by 37- and 36-yard touchdown runs by Phillip Osborne. Osborne finished with 168 yards on 26 carries. In the process, the senior became L-E’s first 1,000-yard rusher in seven years … The defense limited LR to 67 yards. Campbell Connell led the way with 10 tackles and one sack. Steven Bonaparte, Trey Poston and Ryan Wannamaker had nine tackles and one sack apiece … L-E will honor its senior players on Friday night.
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Series history: The Griffins enjoy a 12-4 edge in the series. The Demons have beaten FC in each of the past two seasons when Tommy Brown was running the show in Winnsboro. L-E lost three in a row to the Griffins before Reggie Kennedy left FC to take the job at Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Kennedy is back at the Griffins helm.