WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central’s domination continued Friday night as the Griffins (6-0, 1-0) pitched a shutout, 50-0 over the Columbia Capitals (1-5, 0-1) for their first region win.
The Griffins scored 50 for the second time this season, are are averaging 42 points per game while scoring at least 35 points in every game. Defensively, the Griffins shut out their opponent for the first time this season. They are only allowing 12.5 points per game and have not given up more than 26 points in a game.
Griffins Head Coach Demetrius Davis said he was proud of his defense’s effort Friday night and said it was the defense that set up the offense with a short field.
“I thought defensively we played good,” he stated.“I thought we flew around and had some guys make some key plays.”
Shadarius Hopkins snagged his fifth interception — a team high. Davon Pearson and Chanti Jones recorded a game high two sacks apiece, with Larry J. Bell and Khalil Keitt chipping in one each. The defense held Columbia to just 31 offensive yards and 1-10 on third downs.
Fairfield scored two touchdowns along with two two-point conversions in the first quarter to take a 16-0 lead. Larry G. Bell and Tyren White scored on the ground. For White, it was his first rushing touchdown of the season and came on a 32-yard end around. The end around run was a new wrinkle in the Griffin’s offense, and Davis said it will give opponents something else to prepare for.
“We always try to do something new each week to keep our opponents on their toes,” he stated.
In the second quarter, DeAndre Belton and Joseph Young added rushing touchdowns to extend the Griffins lead. With one minute remaining in the half, Larry G. Bell scored on a 32-yard screen pass from Belton to give Fairfield a 36-0 lead at the break.
During the third quarter, Young scored his second touchdown of the game on a five yard plunge and Randanion Sampson busted up the middle from 29 yards out.
The Griffins have now won six consecutive games, and are riding the school’s fifth longest winning streak. According Davis, the key to the streak has been limiting turnovers and avoiding “drive killing” penalties.
“As a staff, we need to do a better job coaching our guys to cut out the penalties but protecting the football has been big for us,” he said. “Our running backs do a great job of it and DeAndre (Belton) does a great job of not throwing the football where it will not get picked off.”
Young ended the night with a game high 82 yards on eight carries. Kewan Squirewell hauled in team high two catches for 48 yards. As a team, the Griffins amassed over 300 yards on offense.
Fairfield has defeated their opponents by an average of 30 points per game this season. The key for the Griffins for the rest of the season will be continuing to play at a high level.
“We’re going to focus on us and try to keep everybody healthy,” Davis said. “Its up to the coaches to keep everyone grounded. We have to make sure our players understand that they can’t listen to all the good things people have to say because it only take one bad game for things to turn badly.”
Fairfield is back on the field Oct. 11 when they host Eau Claire (0-6) for homecoming. Davis expects Eau Claire to come into Winnsboro hungry and looking for its first win.
“You can’t take teams like that (Eau Claire) lightly because they’re coming here to win,” he noted. “We have to go out and do what we do. We have to reach our goals because normally when we reach our goals we will win the football game.”
Eau Claire is coming off a 42-8 loss at Pelion, and Fairfield Central took last season’s contest by a score of 54-0. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at E.K. Mclendon Stadium.