The confines of home were kind to the Fairfield Central Griffins Friday night during their homecoming contest against Eau Claire High.
The Shamrocks had nothing but bad luck in this one, coming up on the short end of a 54-0 score.
Senior Damien Bell was the workhorse for the Griffins, gaining 136 yards on just 16 carries.
Larry G. Bell also punched the ball in twice for rushing touchdowns.
He was joined in rushing touchdowns by quarterback DeAndre Belton and running back Myles Pearson with one each.
Belton also hooked up for two passing touchdowns, one to Keith Workman, and the other as a seven-yard reception with Daniel Maple.
This young Griffins team had over 300 yards rushing and over 400 yards of total offense on the night against the over matched Shamrocks.
All phases of the game went well for the Griffins in this one and several players turned in stellar defensive performances.
Kevin Bannister led the defense with eight tackles, including five assists and a fumble recovery.
Raheim McDaniel finished the night with three sacks and Antonio Lewis also recorded a sack for the Griffins.
Those players have continued to let their play on the field augment their leadership skills, a key to the young team’s success this season..
Through week seven of the season the top tacklers on the team are Larry G. Bell with 40, McDaniel with 38 and Bannister with 27.
Vonte Foster has been a ball hawk, picking off five passes and breaking up another and fellow defensive back Compton Walker is not far off that pace with three interceptions. McDaniel has been a beast, recording 12.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, 10 assists and three passes broken up.
Early in the season coach Demetrius Davis said the defense could carry his unit while the young players learned the offense and gained game experience.
“We were able (thankfully) to capitalize on some early turnovers and put the game away early,” said Davis.
The team’s 5-2 record attests to his staff being able to get the most out of these players thus far in the year.
There is little time to celebrate the big victory, though.
The Griffins have a big region game on the road against Keenan High Red Raiders (4-3) on Friday.
The Red Raiders are looking to rebound after a 55-12 defeat by the Columbia Capitals in their most recent action.