WINNSBORO — Friday night will be homecoming for Fairfield Central (4-1), and the Griffins are looking for a big win as they host the Columbia Capitals (0-5).
Coming on the heels of two dominating wins, the Griffins will host a Caps team that has not yet scored in the 2015 season.
Despite playing a team averaging a 46 point loss, Coach Demetrius Davis isn’t fazed.
“When we prepare, we always prepare for the ’85 Bears,” he said.
Davis does, however, expect to be able to continue the recent trend of getting snaps for some of his younger players.
Against Eau Claire, the starting group had an early curtain call with many of the players coming out during the second quarter, which only serves to bolster an already young team. Coach Davis pointed out that 19 of his 22 starters are underclassmen.
It also means the Griffins will be able to rest some of the players who have been banged up a bit in recent games. Wednesday was Demetrius Yarborough’s first day back in practice after suffering an ankle injury against Lee Central. He appeared questionable for Friday’s game against Columbia.
The Griffins will likely look to find some more quality receivers this week. QT Thompson leads the Griffins with 248 receiving yards on the season and was a contender for the Midlands Play of the Week with a catch and run for a touchdown against Eau Claire.
Behind Thompson though, no other receiver has more than 69 yards.
While the Griffins look for another receiver, they seem to be loaded with running backs. Junior Jerrell Suber-Oneal has been a consistent force in the backfield with 76 yards per game.
Sophomore Tony Ruff continues to show improvement each week and is quickly closing the gap with Suber-Oneal’s numbers with his 10.3 yards per carry on the season.
Possibly the best news for the Griffins is that the defense has grown week in and week out since their initial outing, giving up only 36 points in the past four games. Maurice Pauling has gotten a lot of recognition, but it is Darryl Camack leading the way with 53 tackles on the season.
The Griffins and Caps will kick off at McLendon Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.