Site: Singleton Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Lugoff-Elgin notes: The Demons (9-3) have been on quite a roll of late – winning three games in a row while averaging while averaging 47.7 points. L-E is coming off an impressive 43-40 second-round win at Greer after opening the playoffs with a 49-17 rout of J.L. Mann in Greenville … The Demons survived a late Greer scoring bid to move on to the third round for fifth time in school history. The L-E defense stoned a third-down Yellow Jackets run from the 3-yard line and gleefully watch time expire before Greer could line up for a potential game-tying field goal … The decisive stand capped a gutsy, come-from-behind performance. L-E trailed 27-7 in the third quarter and was facing a 40-28 deficit entering the fourth quarter. Quarterback Forrest Koumas had an 8-yard scoring run that cut the Greer lead to 40-35, and then hit Devonte Alexander with a 33-yard scoring pass with 5:18 to go. The Demons added the final two points of the night on a conversion pass from Trent Hudson to Ryan Wannamker. But Greer did not go down meekly, but the potent Yellow Jackets did not score again on their final two possessions of the season … Koumas had his best passing night of the season, hitting 10 of 14 throws for 138 yards and two TDs, and had two scoring runs. Phillip Osborne had another big night running the ball, ringing up 159 yards on 19 carries, including a 65-yard TD jaunt. Hudson had 114 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries … For the season Osborne has 1595 yards and 12 TDs on 220 carries, while Hudson boasts 1176 yards rushing and 15 scores on 125 totes … It all starts up front for the Demons with a big, veteran offensive line featuring Shrine Bowl guard Jared Singleton … On defense, Wannamaker is the big-play man with 102 tackles, 10 sacks and a school-record 24.5 TFL. Campbell Connell has 123 tackles after ringing up a career high 23 stops last week vs. Greer. Stephen Bonaparte has 107 tackles and three sacks. Alexander and Anthony Myers have four interceptions apiece … Last week’s win evened L-E’s all-time playoff record at 15-15. The Demons, who have never qualified for a state title shot, are looking to reach the semifinals for the second time. L-E fell one step short in 2A in 1980 and in 3A in 2002.
Daniel notes: The unbeaten Lions (12-0) sports a defense that has allowed an average of just 7.5 points and 182 yards per game this season … Daniel overcame a scoring deficit for the first time this season a week ago, climbing out of a 16-14 hole in the third quarter to pull away from game Fairfield Central, 36-16, last week. Quarterback Justin Walker connected on 9 of 17 passes for 175 yards and four touchdowns vs. the Griffins. DeAndre Hopkins, who has eight interceptions on defense, was the top receiver with four catches for 90 yards and two scores … Bubba Bryant led the latest stellar defensive outing with 13 tackles, one TFL and one sack. The season tackle leader is Wynton Botchway with 117 total tackles. Duvon Young leads the team with 10 TFL and shares the sack lead with Deshaun Williams at five … Daniel has five unbeaten regular seasons on the books since 1970, and sports a 43-17 playoff record in the modern era. But the Lions have not made it past the third round since winning a state championship in 1998.
Series history: Friday marks the third playoff meeting of the teams, but the first to be staged in Central. L-E beat Daniel in a 36-35 thriller in the second round in 2002, and eliminated Daniel with a 34-22 first-round win in 2006.
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