Omar Cummings scored two touchdowns and Wyatt Sherpensky added another, but Beaufort needed some defensive heroics Friday night to preserve a 23-15 victory over Lugoff-Elgin in its Class 4A playoff opener.
The Eagles (8-3) held a 23-0 advantage midway through the third quarter before Lugoff-Elgin used a quicker tempo to stage a comeback effort. Rahmel Burton’s TD run and a two-point conversion brought the Demons within eight with five minutes left, and a poor third-down snap forced Beaufort to punt.
Lugoff-Elgin used a long completion to get into Beaufort territory, getting as far as the Eagles’ 21 before a false start pushed them back. On fourth-and-11, linebacker Kamren Spann drove on Chandler Price’s underthrown pass to knock it away.
“No Gatorade, no confetti,” Beaufort coach Mark Clifford said. “It’s great to win a close game on the road, but we can’t have the mistakes we made tonight. We made mistakes and won.”
The Eagles will hit the road again next week to play Chapin, a 48-14 winner over Wilson.
“It’s always an honor to be practicing and playing during Thanksgiving week,” Clifford said.
Sherpensky led the Eagles with 117 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Cummings added 112 yards on 11 carries before exiting with ankle problems.
Both scored at the end of long drives to stake the Eagles to a 13-0 lead after one quarter, and Cummings added a 29-yard run midway through the second quarter. Will Durbin added a 25-yard field goal for a 23-0 lead before the Demons caught fire.
Kyliek Middleton added 74 yards on the ground for the Eagles, giving the trio 303 yards in all.