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Griffins run past Knights, 57-6
LOUIS CLYBURN WILL LEAD North Central into Fridays AA state playoff opener against visiting Andrew Jackson.
Louis Clyburn has been told by several people about when, in 1984, North Central played and lost a game to eventual state champion Woodruff, 34-7, in the third round of the state class AA playoffs.By those who were there and have seen the Knights since then, there is a common school of thought that Willie Varner’s Wolverines were the best team a North Central squad had ever faced on the gridiron.Now in his fourth year at the Knights’ helm, Clyburn wonders if the current Fairfield Central squad might unseat Woodruff as the best opponent at NC football team has gone up against.Friday night in Winnsboro, the host Griffins used their speed, aggressiveness and athleticism to complete a perfect, five-game Region 3-AA season with a 57-6 win over North Central.“They might be the best football team a North Central team has ever played,” Clyburn said of the Griffins, the top-seeded team in the class A Upper State Division I bracket.“If there is somebody in class AA football better than Fairfield Central, I sure hope that we don’t have to play them.”The loss put North Central (5-5) as the number eight seed in the AA Upper State Division II bracket and the Knights open the post-season at home on Friday when they host rival Andrew Jackson in a 7:30 p.m. start.Knowing full well that his team had, at least, one more week of football left to be played, when things started to get out of hand in the second half, Clyburn went to his bench to bring in his reserves. The same thing was done by FC head coach Demetrius Davis, whose Griffins have this week off with a first round state playoff bye.“We played a bunch of kids in the second half,” Clyburn said. “When you are down, 43-6, against a team with speed and as good as Fairfield Central is, you don’t want to keep (NC starting quarterback) Grayson King in the game and then, he gets hurt.“We played all of our young guys as well as some seniors who haven’t played much in the second half.