WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central proved ungracious hosts for the visiting Powdersville Patriots on Friday night, with the offense having one of its most productive nights of the season as they ran the Patriots out of Winnsboro in a 42-7 shellacking.
The win moves the Griffins to the second round of the Class AA-I playoffs when they will host Woodruff on Nov. 20. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. Woodruff moves to the second round after a 45-14 win over Indian Land last Friday night.
Powdersville looked to make it a tough game in the early going. Quarterback Emery Williams drove his Patriots down the field with two big passes mixed in with some decent running. The drive stalled out at the Fairfield Central 5 yard line when the Patriots missed a field goal.
The Griffin offense started hot. In their first drive, Jerrell Suber-Oneal picked up 41 rushing yards on four carries and would pick up the first touchdown of the night. Suber-Oneal had a productive night with 16 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
After the Patriots went three and out, the Griffins came right back with another scoring drive. This time it was Stanley McManus leading the charge. McManus completed a 44-yard pass to QT Thompson to set up an 8 yard scoring run for himself two plays later.
Fairfield Central’s offense would go on to score on every first half possession, including one starting at their own one yard line. The Griffins took a 28-0 lead into the half and there was no looking back.
Despite a few big plays, the Patriots struggled most of the night to move the ball against a defense as physical and fast as they’ve seen.
The third quarter was filled with excitement as Powdersville began the second half with an onside kick recovery. The Griffins weren’t phased and forced a three and out followed by a 9-yard punt. Despite good field position, Fairfield Central was unable to pick up a first down and turned the ball over after failing on a fourth down conversion.
Emery Williams would then throw the first of his two interceptions to Chad Sampson and this time the Griffins would capitalize on the mistake.
Following Suber-Oneal’s second touchdown, Williams threw another pick and it looked like the Griffins were about to run away when Tony Ruff broke a long rushing touchdown. That play would be called back for a holding penalty and the Griffins would end up punting a few plays later.
Williams finally got into a rhythm on the next Patriot drive, completing 3 of 4 passes before scoring on a 6-yard scamper in the fourth quarter’s first play. That would be all the Patriots could manage for the night.
Demetrius Davis emptied his bench for the last Griffin drive and Antonio Jackson would set up the final Griffin touchdown of the night with two long carries before Zarretrious Evans would score his first touchdown of the year.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.