WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central (7-1) is on a tear and will visit Keenan (4-3) Friday night riding a seven-game winning streak.
The Griffins have benefited from a solid defense and strong run game all year, but proved they could air it out last week against Pelion. But Keenan will prove to be a difficult road test for the Griffins as this is just the third road game for Fairfield Central this year.
The Raiders will look to test the Griffins with a defense that has three shutouts on its resume. Keenan is only giving up 17 points per game, and nearly half of the points they’ve surrendered this year came from Lower Richland in a week 2 shootout.
Despite the stout defense, Keenan has struggled to score at times. The Raiders did hang tough against Westwood, one of the top 4A teams in the state.
The Griffins last venture into hostile territory took them to Eau Claire to face a team that has had difficulty scoring against anyone.
How big a challenge will it be getting the team ready for Friday night? Coach Demetrius Davis said Keenan was a pretty good team and could prove difficult for his Griffins.
“They get up for big games, they’re going to be up for us,” he said. “This is a chance for them. If they beat us, they win the region championship.”
The good news for Fairfield Central is they seem to be hitting their stride in all phases of the game. With the emergence of the passing game, it will be difficult for defenses to pick their poison.
“We’re probably going to up it up this week too. We don’t mind throwing it,” he said.
The Raider defense will have its hands full with a Griffin offense that has moved the ball at will all year and is still improving.
Defensively, Fairfield Central will be without top tackler Darryl Camack after he suffered a shoulder injury against Pelion. While that loss hurts, the Griffins should still look good.
For the season, they are giving up fewer than 4 yards per play and holding opposing teams to 13 points per game.
Fairfield Central and Keenan will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bolden Stadium in Columbia.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.