WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central looks to continue its offensive success as well as continue to improve on defense Friday night as they travel to Sumter to face the Crestwood Knights.
After a tough first outing against Brookland-Cayce, the Griffins addressed nearly every concern head coach Demetrius Davis had against Chester.
Coach Davis said he felt pretty good about his team’s performance against the Cyclones. The improvement from week one to week two was especially good to see.
“The first game kind of gave us a chance to make some mistakes and we were able to come back and correct some of that stuff,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys out there playing, so we’re hoping every week those guys can get a little better.”
One young player that really impressed was sophomore running back Tony Ruff, who accounted for 95 rushing yards on eight carries.
“Tony Ruff is a good young player, he’s going to be pretty good,” the coach said “We wanted to bring him along a little slowly, but I think he’s going to be able to contribute now.”
Coach Davis said he did want to see an improvement with his passing game to keep opposing defense honest.
“We gave up a couple sacks. We can’t stand back there too long, guys can’t protect all day,” he said. “I don’t think we have a protection problem. We had a bust on a route early, and then he maybe held on to it too long, but we’ll be fine.”
The improvement on defense was another great moment, as the Griffins held Chester to fewer than 100 total yards on the night.
“(Chester’s) quarterback really kind of had his way with everyone they had scrimmaged and even against Lewisville he was able to do what he wanted to do. So when we were able to contain him, that was a big thing,” Davis said.
This week looks to be another tough challenge though. Going on the road with a young team and facing a 3A opponent, Coach Davis knows he has his work cut out for him.
“It’s a little different when you’re playing in your back yard,” he said. “You go on the road and your routine is changed and you’re in a hostile environment. I think we’ll be OK though.
“I think it’s more repetition, game repetition, instead of where exactly you’re playing,” he added. “We were able to have a scrimmage on the road and a jamboree on the road so it shouldn’t be too big a deal.”
While Crestwood had a rough first outing, they’re not to be overlooked this week.
Coach Davis pointed out that it can be difficult as a smaller school going up against a 4A school as Crestwood did. The Knights still appear to be formidable, especially if they can address the key mistakes made against Sumter.
“We’re looking for a tough match,” Davis said. “We expect them to be a very tough outfit.”