WINNSBORO — The downpour Friday night at E. K. McLendon stadium wasn’t all rain: Fairfield Central was a torrent and washed out Columbia in a 47-8 rout.
On a soggy night, the Capitals were not able to get a stop until the fourth quarter as the Griffins scored or stopped themselves with mistakes.
Prior to Friday night, Columbia had not scored a single point in their first five games. The Capitals were unable to move the ball against the Griffins until the bench had been cleared.
On the night, Columbia only had 57 yards, and that included their scoring drive of 75 yards. The Capitals had trouble every time they handled the ball, fumbling seven times on the night. Quarterback Mike Williams also threw an interception, finishing 1 of 7 passing for five yards.
The Griffins ground game returned to its dominant form, racking up 249 yards on the night. Jerrell Suber-Oneal led the way with 10 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns including a 71 yard rush untouched in the second quarter.
There wasn’t much need for passing by Fairfield Central, but Stanley McManus did throw a touchdown pass to QT Thompson on the Griffins first drive.
Even the special teams for the Griffins got in on the action with several big returns on the night. Josh Bell returned one 52 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Zchivago Hearndon had a couple of long returns as well.
The one sour note for the Griffins on the night was penalties. Two touchdowns, a rush by Tony Ruff and an interception by Randanion Sampson were called back due to penalties. In the second quarter, the Griffins were penalized twice on one punt return that left two Columbia players down after vicious hits.
Coach Demetrius Davis said with the bye week coming next week, he was looking forward to continuing to improve and get some much needed rest before his Griffins face Newberry for Homecoming on Oct. 9. The Bulldogs are 4-1 following a 28-7 win over Eau Claire.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.