WINNSBORO — Last week, Fairfield Central got off to a rough start when they went to Blythewood to face the best team in the state.
The Griffins dropped that game by a large margin, but they knew they were better than the score. This week, they sought redemption when they hosted Nation Ford in their home opener and got another shot at Blythewood.
Monday night, the Griffins again struggled to play their game against Nation Ford and turned the ball over 24 times.
Coach Devin Liferidge said his team had no business winning that game, but they found a way to pull out the victory. That win showed the character and determination of these Griffins, he said.
Tuesday, the mighty Blythewood Bengals came in and the goal was not to be closer but to win.
“We’re not looking for a moral victory,” he said. “We think we can win and that’s what our goal is.”
It was a lofty goal, but the Griffins were determined.
After a hard fought first half, the Griffins had a 33-29 lead and a frenzied crowd urging them on. The third quarter saw too many mistakes, though, and the Bengals would regain the lead.
Though Fairfield Central was able to keep it close in the last few minutes, they were ultimately undone by a stingy Bengal defense and fell 60-56.
While Liferidge wasn’t interested in moral victories, his team looked like a whole new animal this week. His Griffins came closer than anyone has this year to knocking off Blythewood and the progress his team has made was nothing short of impressive.
“We gave ourselves a chance to win against the number one team in the state. It was messy down at the end,” he said. “I thought we could have executed a little better, but again we had a chance to win. I’ve got to tip my hat to them, they’re number one for a reason. I knew we’d play better, I had no doubt about that. We just didn’t make enough plays.
The Griffins visit Nation Ford High School on Friday night.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.