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A.C. Flora gets past Demons in offensive showcase, 35-14

Posted: August 16, 2014 11:43 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2014 5:00 a.m.
C-I photo by Tom Didato/

L-E RUNNING BACK Gunnar Catoe is wrestled to the ground by a pair of A.C. Flora defenders in Friday’s third game from the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

Since last Tuesday’s scheduled scrimmage with Hartsville and Lower Richland was cancelled by that day’s storm, Lugoff-Elgin entered Friday’s 39th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree with one scrimmage under its belt.
So, for interim L-E head coach Dave Thomas and his crew, this was hardly your feel good, let’s get everybody in the game sort of pairing against AAA power A.C. Flora.
While the Falcons stopped L-E, 35-14, the final score was not as important as was getting more reps for his team, Thomas said after the contest.
“We lost a scrimmage on Tuesday,” he said, “so it’s really only our second time out against somebody else.
“We have a lot of work to do in the secondary on defense but offensively, we moved the ball. I think we found some guys who can help us move the football. But we still have things to polish up.”
The Demons moved the football quite well, thank you, in a flexbone offense which is a work in progress. Still, L-E piled up 185 yards in offense in the 24-minute affair with 132 of those yards coming on the ground. Sophomore Jermaine Jenkins ran for a team-high 78 yards on four carries while junior Aldreacio Wells went for 16 more on four hauls, not including a 75-yard scoring run brought back by a penalty.
Senior quarterback Keyshawn Martin completed four of his eight passes for 47 yards and a pair of touchdowns while rushing for another 23 yards on six carries.
But the explosive Falcons piled up 316 yards in offense while employing a variety of weapons including senior wide out Denzel Johnson who scored on a 56 and a 23-yard pass play from junior quarterback Brendan Greene. Senior tailback Greg Tucker also had a pair of rushing touchdowns
Flora lit up the scoreboard on the third snap from scrimmage as Johnson grabbed a 56-yard Green strike on a fly pattern for a quick 7-0 lead.
Unfazed, the Demons went to work and picked up a first down on the first snap as Martin took off for a gain of 15 yards. On third and seven from the 48, he found Elliott Campbell with a 12-yard pass before Martin went for another first down with a 12-yard carry on the ensuing play.
Martin’s leg were a factor again with a 14-yard first down carry to the 17 on a drive which culminated with the 6-foot-5 Campbell making a one-handed grab of a Martin pass in the left corner of the end zone for the score which was followed by Greg Ruffner’s PAT kick which evened things at 7-7 with 7:51 left in the first quarter.
Thomas said Martin did a good job letting the play develop before finding his sophomore target.
“We were looking for it down the middle but it wasn’t open,” Thomas said of Campbell’s getting himself open. “So Elliott floated to the outside and made a play.”
The tie game lasted one play as Flora took the lead for keeps on a 70-yard scoring run before Greene and Johnson hooked up for a 23-yard scoring pass play to make it 21-7 with 2:06 left in the first quarter.
L-E trimmed the deficit to 21-14, scoring on a drive which was re-started from its own 14 after Wells’ 75-yard scoring jaunt was called back by a holding infraction.
Martin went to work from the 14, finding Mc-Kenzie Brown for 17 yards on first down. Gunnar Catoe then broke loose for a 17-yard carry before Jenkins went for 34 more to the Flora 18. On third and goal from the eight, Martin zipped a scoring pass to Tyrek Kirkland and following Ruffner’s kick, the Demons trailed, 21-14, with nine minutes left.
A lost fumble led to a fourth Flora touchdown before the Falcons closed the scoring on Tucker’s three-yard carry into the end zone with three minutes left to play.
Thomas said putting in a new offense and the time spent on that side of the ball has taken away from attention being paid to the defense.
“We’ve had to spend a lot of time putting in everything with this offense,” he said. “And defense has taken a back seat for the last two weeks and, that showed tonight.”


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