WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central (8-1) will travel to Mid-Carolina (4-5) Friday night having already wrapped up a region championship and likely home field advantage throughout most of the playoffs. The Griffins can’t take the Rebels lightly, though.
Despite Mid-Carolina’s record, they have been a quality team with some tough luck this season. The Rebels have two shutouts and held another opponent to only seven points. The Rebel defense has been stellar but inconsistent.
It is the Rebel offense, though, that has Coach Demetrius Davis concerned. Davis said Wednesday that Mid Carolina “is probably the best offensive team we’ve played this year.”
The Rebels have a quality quarterback in Corey Stone who has thrown for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns through nine games in 2015. They also have two solid running backs in Terrell Long and Chris Linder, both of whom have gone over 500 yards for the season.
While the Rebels may have a quality offense, the Griffins have stars of their own. Despite a rough outing last week at Keenan, quarterback Stanley McManus has thrown for 14 touchdowns and completed over 60 percent of his passes this year. He’ll look to continue to shine with several receivers who have stepped up in recent weeks.
While the Griffins have thrown the ball more recently, the ground game remains the strength of this offense. Jerrell Suber-Oneal continues to pile up yards and has accumulated 617 on the season despite several early exits in blowout wins. Tony Ruff has also proven more than capable and is approaching 500 yards for the season while averaging nearly nine yards per carry.
As good as the offense has been for Coach Davis, it has been his defense that has kept opponents in check. Fairfield Central has given up fewer than 12 points per game on average this year. Even without leading tackler Darryl Camack, the Griffin defense was able to pick up their second shutout of the season at Keenan last week.
The Rebels will honor Kendall Williams on Friday night. Williams, a senior at Mid-Carolina, was killed in a hunting accident Sunday. Students will wear camouflage in support of Williams and his family.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.