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Wildcats outlast Demons, 48-28

Posted: October 5, 2013 2:01 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 5:00 a.m.

LEXINGTON -- The unstoppable force against the immovable object.
That’s what Friday night’s Lugoff-Elgin game against Lexington felt like, at times, as both offenses could not be contained for the better part of the contest..
In the end, the host Wildcats (5-1) used the high-powered air and rushing attack to keep the Demons winless through six games with a 48-28 victory. But L-E seemed to find something on offense on this night because the score was not indicative of how everything played out.
It was Lexington, however, which just seemed unstoppable and immovable all at once. L-E head coach Scott Jones knows there is more work to be done.
“Our offense moved the ball better than it did all year, but we just can’t seem to stop people when we need it,” he said. “We just couldn’t stop them. We don’t have enough gun powder; we have a young secondary. They fought hard but just couldn’t match up with that receiving corps.
“(LHS’) Will Hunter is a great quarterback. Give him a lot of credit, but we just didn’t stop the run at times and it gouged us.”
The Demons did not have the best start to the game in going three and out on their first two possessions. That led to Lexington taking advantage as the hosts as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead before some of the crowd had settled in.
Touchdown runs of three and 11 yards by LHS senior tailback Garvin Jackson were set up by Hunter’s pinpoint accurate passing. Hunter, a senior, has thrown for nearly 8,000 yards in his career at Lexington and is one of the better quarterbacks in the state.
The Demons finally got on the board with a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior Shon Belton to classmate Emmonti Payne down the sideline to cut the lead to 14-7. Payne was a new addition to the Demons’ offensive attack during the week of practice.
While the first L-E score came in the air, Jones was more proud of the ground game, which racked up a season-high 285 yards, led by Belton who managed the offense downfield very well at times.
“I don’t know what the stats were but I felt like we really rushed the ball pretty well,” he said. “I think Shon has solidified the fact that some college needs to come take a look at him because he put on a show and did a great job.”
Belton closed the gap to 21-14 with a four-yard scoring run to open the second quarter.
The teams would exchange touchdowns until halftime as they went back and forth, moving the ball at will. A 28-yard touchdown run by Belton capped a four-play drive as the Demons trailed, 35-21 with 3:05 left in the first half.
The Wildcats responded with a four-play drive of their own, going 68 yards finished off by Jackson’s fourth touchdown run of the game. The two head coaches joked at one point with one another during an injury timeout with the crazy offensive output.
“They had an injury timeout,” Jones said, “and Coach (Josh) Stepp came out and told me we should have told the defenses to stay home and let the offenses go back and forth because that’s what it felt like for a while. But in the end our defense just couldn’t catch up.”
With 1:41 left before intermission, the Demons were unable to put together a two-minute drill
The sequence which opened the second half was that which decided the game and ultimately sealed L-E’s fate.
The Demons were able to limiting Jackson and the LHS rushing attack to minus (-) 4 yards for the entire third stanza. L-E seemed to have a plan with adjustments.
Offensively, the guests climbed back into the thick of things thanks to an eight-play, 56-yard drive finished off by a three-yard Belton run. The march took more than four minutes off the clock and brought L-E within two scores again at 42-28. 
 “At halftime we thought if we slowed the pace down and go on a long drive and eat up a lot of clock, we would give our defense a chance,” Jones said of the halftime adjustments. “We stopped them a good bit there. We ate up the clock in the third quarter with some good drives.
“We had to decide what to do at halftime so we loaded the box since they were content on running it and I thought our guys did a good job.”
After forcing an LHS punt for only the second time, the Demons put in another time-consuming drive going 11 plays and taking up six minutes, only to come up short as a pass got cut off by an LHS defender for an interception at the four-yard line.
Then came the backbreaker.
After a penalty and a sack, the Demons forced a third and 26 which the Cats converted with a 26-yard pass play which took the air out of the sideline and as well as the Demon defense. LHS continued the drive, converting another three third down plays to set up a one-yard Jackson touchdown run which all but sealed this one at 48-28.
Jones was frustrated at the sequence; from the turnover to the long third down conversion to the eventual score.
“They converted on a third and 30, I think,” Jones said. “Those are the kind of things a young secondary lacks; that’s confidence. If we stop them there then we have a chance to make it a one-touchdown, one-possession game. But they converted and it killed us. Our corner got out of position and he had all day to throw it seemed like.
“Hopefully, we learned a lot from it: A bad, hard lesson but it’s disappointing. But they are getting better and they are trying but defensively they took some steps backwards and, we’re just going to have to fix those things.”
Toward the end of the contest, tempers flared with some late hits, personal foul flags and even some questionable no-call penalties. There was even a scuffle at midfield during the handshake of teams. Jones was quick to put the situation and the loss to bed.
“I told them we don’t do that at Lugoff-Elgin,” he said. “Evidently, some of their guys were mouthing off and we reacted. But you just can’t do that and it’s the first time I’ve seen us lose some composure this year and that’s frustration when you’re 0-6. When a team has been whipping you all night, it’s tough. I understand it, but we have to correct it and our guys react in a positive way. “

Demon Doings: It was a great night offensively for both teams as Lexington had 426 total yards, getting 250 through the air and 176 on the ground … L-E had a season-high with 367 in total yards with 285 coming from rushing the ball …. The Demons had two turnovers while Lexington not having any … L-E sophomore Aldrecio Wells had a quiet 117 yards on 14 carries while Belton accounted for more than 250 yards total yards including returns with four scores … Lexington had six penalties for 48 yards while the Demons had three for 27.


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