WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School capitalized on the many mistakes of Lee Central on Friday night on the way to a 36-7 romp. The Stallions fumbled the ball over twice including on their first play on offense. Both turnovers led to Griffin touchdowns.
Lee Central maintained a heavy presence in the box which proved to be both effective and a mistake. The Griffin ground game didn’t fare as well as in recent weeks with only 102 yards on the night. The Stallions proved stout at the line.
Early on, however, this was due in part to the loss of senior lineman Demtrius Yarborough to injury on the Griffins second play from scrimmage.
While the Stallion defensive front was prepared, their secondary had no answers for Stanley McManus, who finished the night early and was perfect through the air. The Griffins’ junior quarterback completed all six of his passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown. QT Thompson was again his top receiver, hauling in three passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
As good as the night was for the Griffins, things did get a little ugly late in the third quarter when things got a little heated.
Several players from each team had to be separated, and while it appeared the first blow was thrown by Lee Central, both teams became involved enough that the penalties offset.
It is worth noting that the Griffin defense had held Lee Central scoreless and with only 55 total yards to that point. The Fairfield Central defense looked great in the first half allowing only two first downs.
The first was on a run by the Stallions quick thinking punter Shamari Simon when he saw he could not get his punt off. The only first down by the Lee Central offense came midway through the second quarter.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter the Stallions were able to put together a scoring drive, and by then the Griffins had emptied the bench and had lost some edge following the third quarter altercation. On the night, the Griffins held Lee Central to 157 total yards, 74 of which came on their lone scoring drive.