WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central Griffins football team (10-0, 5-0) ended the regular season undefeated last week with a 19-0 win over North Central.
With the win the Griffins earned a number two seed heading into the AA state playoffs and captured the region III-AA crown for the second straight season.
“We have to remind ourselves at times that we are region champions,” Fairfield Central head coach Demetrius Davis said. “But at the same time you want your team to keep their focus on the bigger goal (of a state championship).”
At North Central last week, the 19 points was the lowest output by the Griffins offense this season, which has averaged 40 points per game. The defense, however, pitched its third shutout of the season. For the year FCHS has only allowed 9.7 points per game.
“We played lights out on defense,” Davis said.
For their efforts against North Central, Davon Pearson, Khalil Keitt, Larry J. Bell and Compton Walker all made the Week 10 Honor Roll.
Pearson recorded five tackles, two tackles for a loss and two sacks. Keitt notched five tackles, one tackle for a loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery. Larry J. Bell compiled a game high 15 tackles to go along with two tackles for a loss. Walker finished the night with four punt returns for 175 yards, including an 85-yard punt return touchdown.
By earning the number two seed the Griffins also picked up a bye in the first round and will not be back on the field until Nov. 15 when they host the winner of the Keenan/Indian Land game.
Davis plans on spending the Griffins’ bye week scouting the Keenan/Indian Land game in person.
“We’ll go there Friday and then review the film that night,” he said. “We’re at the point now where if we do what we’re supposed to do, then we will be fine.”
Fairfield appears to be on a collision course with top-seeded Dillon to set up a rematch of the state championship game last season. Dillon got the best of Fairfield last year at Benedict College to earn the state title, beating the Griffins 21-6.
Dillon is positioned in the lower-state bracket, while the Griffins are in the upper-state bracket. Possible sleepers out of the upper-state bracket that could challenge Fairfield include:
• Six seeded Newberry (would play at Fairfield on Nov. 22)
• Four seeded Pelion (would play at Fairfield on Nov. 29)
• One seeded Cheraw (would play at Cheraw on Nov. 29)
The state championship game will be played Dec. 6 at Benedict College in Columbia.