WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School (6-1) will host the Pelion Panthers (1-5) on Friday as they celebrate both Homecoming and Senior Night. Pelion is coming off a loss to Eau Claire on Oct. 2.
The Panthers have struggled in 2015, scoring only 24 points in their five losses. Their lack of scoring should have the Griffins defense excited for a big night.
Defensively, the Panthers have been inconsistent, but seem to have improved in their past two games. Against Eau Claire and North, the Panthers gave up only 19 points combined.
Following their hard fought win against Newberry, the Griffins are not worried about a hangover, but Coach Demetrius Davis is concerned about the distractions.
“You just want to make sure we execute, we don’t want to look ragged,” he said. “I’m worried about the fact we got homecoming, we got senior night, we got all kinds of stuff going on.”
Being Senior Night, it may help relieve some of Coach Davis’s worries that there are only a few seniors starting this year. While that helps with Senior Night, it does little to keep the Griffins from being distracted by the pageantry of homecoming.
Last year, the distractions led to a close game against Mid-Carolina. The next week, the Griffins showed what they were capable of when focused, improving from a 7-0 win to a 55-14 playoff win. Leadership will be key on the field and while the Griffins don’t have many seniors, they do have playmakers who will lead by example.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.