KERSHAW — Fairfield Central High School (10-0, 5-0) went on the road Friday night and shut out the Knights of North Central (3-7, 0-5) by a score of 19-0.
With the win the Griffins ended the regular season undefeated and champions of Region III-AA.
Despite playing on a rain-soaked field at North Central, the Griffins were able to score 19 first half points and rely on their defense to pitch the shutout and earn a victory on the road.
Head coach Demetrius Davis, who is always looking for more out of his players, but was happy to get the win.
“I wish we could’ve played a little better,” he said. “But at the end of the day we did enough for the win and won 19-0.”
Due in large part to sloppy conditions, Fairfield Central committed a season high three turnovers in the game (two fumbles and one interception) with two turnovers coming inside their Knight’s five-yard line.
There were limited opportunities to throw the football, but Fairfield ran the ball well picking up 236 yards on the ground. Joseph Young led the way with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Young scored twice during the first quarter, on a three yard carry and a 33-yard scamper.
During the second quarter, Compton Walker scored the final points of the ball game when he juked and jived his way into the endzone from 85 yards away on a punt return. It was the second punt return touchdown of the season for Walker, he scored on a 53-yard return last week at Pelion.
The Griffin defense was near bulletproof, and pitched their third shutout in five weeks. The defensive unit has only allowed an average of 9.7 points per game, and never more than 26 points.
“I told the defense before the game started that weather (rain) like this is made for defense,” Davis said.
In addition to the shutout, the Griffins only allowed 46 offensive yards to North Central. The Knights were held to just 23 yards on 34 carries, and an anemic 13 yards through the air.
Even though Fairfield ended the regular season undefeated and region champs for the second year in a row, Davis said his team still has bigger goals in mind.
“You never want to take those things for granted and we are thankful for those accomplishments,” he noted. “But at the same time you want to keep focus on the bigger goals. Being region champs is just one of the small goals we needed to accomplish in order to get to that next step.”
After setting three goals at the beginning of the year — region champs, upper-state championship and state championship — the Griffins next step is to begin their run in the AA state playoffs.
Fairfield will have a bye in the first round, and will play the winner of Keenan and Indian Land on Nov. 15.
Davis said his team will take the bye week as an opportunity to work on fundamentals like tackling and blocking.
“We’re at the point now where every team is now 0-0 and this is a new season,” he stated.