PROSPERITY — Fairfield Central struggled in the first half against Mid-Carolina High School before pulling away with a 35-0 victory Friday.
The win came after the Griffins had secured the AA Region III championship. Coach Demetrius Davis led his team to a 9-1 record and finished 6-0 in their conference.
Fairfield Central appears to have locked up one of the top seeds for the upper state playoffs as well as home field advantage until at least the upper state championship.
Despite opening the season with a loss to Brookland-Cayce, the Griffins have enjoyed a lot of success this year. That game proved a crucial teaching point and Fairfield Central hasn’t looked back since.
Fairfield Central’s offense has been very consistent throughout the year, scoring an average of 35 points per game. The offensive line has paved the way for Jerrell Suber-Oneal and Tony Ruff who have combined for over 1,000 yards rushing and over seven yards per carry.
Stanley McManus has completed over 60 percent of his passes and has proven he can carry the offense when needed. The only weakness on offense the Griffins have shown was at receiver where there were some drops early on. That group has come on strong as the season progressed and has been able to keep opposing defenses honest.
The Griffins’ defense struggled to open the season but has improved each week and has become a strength for the team. After giving up 36 points in the opener to BC, Fairfield Central has given up a combined 70 points in their last nine games. That comes to less than eight points per game.
In the past two seasons, the Griffins are 20-3 and in Demetrius Davis’s five years with Fairfield Central, his teams have gone 49-11. They have won their region four consecutive years now and are in prime position to return to the state championship after dropping the semifinal last year.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.