WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School had all the pomp one would expect from a homecoming ceremony and Senior Night — including a 39-6 thrashing of Pelion.
The Griffins got their work done early against Pelion High School and Coach Demetrius Davis emptied the bench in the second half. The Pelion Panthers never got much going, gaining only 59 yards in the first half and 130 total on the night.
The Griffins got things going early by changing up their offense and featuring their passing game.
Stanley McManus finished the first half with 217 passing yards and five touchdowns to five different Griffins through the air. Eight different Griffins caught a pass in the first half.
Homecoming King Raekwon Butler led the way with three catches including one for a touchdown, while Junior Homecoming Prince Zhivago Hearndon had a touchdown catch and a kickoff return for a touchdown.
While the Griffins passing game was on display, the run game remained efficient. Jerrell Suber-Oneal led the rushing attack with 37 yards in the first half. McManus also added a nifty 25-yard run on Fairfield Central’s first drive.
Despite scoring on every offensive possession in the first half, the Griffins still managed to look sloppy at times, accumulating five penalties, two of which brought back big plays and another that extended a Pelion drive that led to the only Panther score.
Fairfield Central also had an extra point blocked and turned the ball over on a punt return.
Except for the pass interference, the Griffins were nearly mistake free on defense. Pelion quarterback Dayrun Keith was sacked twice in the first half and threw an interception to Zhivago Hearndon. Griffin linebacker Darryl Camack left early in the game with what appeared to be a sprained shoulder, but the defense carried on without its leader in tackles.
The second half featured a running clock and a Pelion drive that accounted for 70 of their 130 yards on the night, but the Panthers were unable to convert a fourth down and came up empty.
From there, it was Antonio Jackson and Zarretrious Evans leading the Griffin offense and running down the clock.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.