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Second half surge carries T-Wolves past L-E, 27-3

Posted: September 27, 2010 9:39 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2010 9:33 a.m.

Grayson Quick's 42-yard field goal gave L-E a 3-0 halftime lead in Friday's loss to White Knoll.

LEXINGTON -- Friday night in Lexington, the host Timberwolves of White Knoll defeated a struggling Lugoff-Elgin squad, 27-3.The final score was no indication of how the flow of the game went, as two WK touchdowns were scored late in the game. The final look, however, is still the same with most losses in high school football.

The only scoring in the first half came courtesy of the right leg of L-E kicker Grayson Quick, who sent a 42-yard field goal through the uprights. The one consistent part of this contest were the struggles of the Demons’ (1-4) offense.

“Our inability to convert and not doing anything on offense, ... that put our defense back out there,” said L-E head coach Scott Jones. “Our big playmaker is Darius (Custard), and I thought Tresten Lyles came in and carried the ball well. We have a small (offensive) line trying to block some fellas and we have to do some things differently.”

Some of the visitors’ struggles were due to injuries. Starting tailback Mailk Young was out with a shoulder injury as was wide out Tyler Starling. Lyles replaced Young, while backup quarterback Dalton Simons took the place of Starling. Jones knows his team was ailing on this night.

“Injuries are really hurting us,” he said. “We were without some guys and then lost two more tonight. I can’t remember, in my coaching career, having so many guys hurt. I hurt for them because they try so hard and we just haven’t been as effective here, lately.”

The turning point of this contest came when the T-Wolves (4-1) changed things up in going into the Wing-T offense to start the second half.

After two short runs, they went to the air. Jake Beckett hit Demari Rudolph on a hitch down the sideline. A missed tackle sprung the wide receiver free for a 40-yard gain into L-E territory. A big hole then opened up for big bruising fullback Stephen Keisler, who ran for another 36 yards to put his team inside the 10. Justin Rose finished off the six-play, 84-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put the hosts on top 7-3 with 7:32 left in the third.

“They came out in the second half and changed up,” Jones said of the WK offense. “They are well-coached and saw what we are doing defensively. We played a gimmick defense and pieced guys, like putting Josh Ruiz at free safety and were forced to change it up offensively.

“They broke things open there in the second half.”

The hosts never looked back because on their next drive, after a Demon fumble, they struck again.

Taking over at the L-E 40, Beckett hit Spencer Sox down the seam for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 3:46 left in the third.

The guests would not threaten to score again, having several four-and- outs, just across midfield. WK got back to what it does in running the Double-Wing, scrum-type offense. This time, it was effective as Rose broke the biggest play of the night which proved to be the dagger for the Demons with a 55-yard scoring run right through the middle of the defense.

The run came with 2:43 left in the game.

The hosts would tack on one late score, after L-E turned the ball over on downs, to make it 27-3.

WK’s second half offensive explosion came after the two respective defenses dominated play in the first 24 minutes. The L-E offense did struggle, but give credit to a scrappy White Knoll defensive unit which did not have any one player that stood out on paper, but rather just got after the football and never quit.

Two of the Demons’ five turnovers came in the first half when they were driving for a score. One came early in the second on a reverse quarterback pass as senior quarterback Will Dorton took the snap from under center , threw it  back to Simons on the near sideline who went up top in trying to find Custard, the lone wide out, downfield. The Demon senior was joined by three T-Wolves’ defenders and the host registered an interception on the play.

The lone highlight of the first half for L-E came after playing the field position to its advantage, L-E got the football at midfield after a punt. Seven runs and 18 yards later, the Demons were at the WK 25. Quick then nailed a 42-yard field goal, his longest of the season, to put L-E up, 3-0, with 3:03 left in the first half.

Later, Jones said he could not be more proud of a team than he is of this group of Demons.

“They fight so hard, and they have great attitudes,” he said. “Even if we don’t win another game, I’m still not giving up on them.

“These coaches are going to continue to work hard and hopefully get better. We play a real tough non- region schedule, maybe it will prepare us for what we face in region play.”

Jones continued on that thought as he looked at his team’s schedule.

“I really can’t imagine playing anybody tougher than we’ve already faced in the non-region,” he said. “We have Lexington next week and before that, we had Dutch Fork and White Knoll (all from Region 4-4A.) White Knoll might be the most physical team we have played all year and, Camden was extremely tough.

“We are just fighting the injury bug. We are trying to play some young guys that have never played and they will have to just grow up in a hurry. And we may have to suffer a little bit before we get better.”


Demon Doings: Custard had 20 carries for 99 yards and caught seven passes for 77 yards … Dorton received plenty of work as he completed 15 of 30 passes for 158 yards … The Demons tallied 228 yards in offense while White Knoll had 299, of which 222 came on the ground …  Rose was the leading rusher on the night with 111 yards on 13 carries … L-E turned the ball over five times while the T-Wolves did not have a turnover. The hosts scored 21 points off L-E miscues … The only setback, if any, for WK were penalties as the hosts were flagged 10 times for 75 yards.


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