LUGOFF — For the second straight week, the Lugoff-Elgin Demons ran into a team from the Fort Mill township and came away with a loss as Nation Ford passed its way to a 51-13 win.
This was the first meeting between the schools as the Falcons improved to 2-1 in its non-region schedule with the win and picked up its first ever win in school history over a 4A school.
Nation Ford quarterback Dalton Helms had a lot of targets, but junior Riley Hilton was his favorite of the game as the two combined for three touchdowns. Hilton caught just three passes for six yards, but his touches came in the end zone.
The guys executed and Dalton is doing a good job, said Falcons coach Michael Allen. We know we got speed. Our coaching staff has worked hard to put in this offense and we are still working on it. We are trying to get better each week.
Helms threw for five touchdowns, going 18 for 28 for 263 yards in another impressive performance.
The Falcons also has two receivers seniors Dijuan Ussery and AK McCoy each go over 100 yards receiving.
Nation Ford seemed to score at will as it found the end zone on most drives.
In their opening drive in the third quarter, Nation Ford went 65 yards as Helms hit Ussery on two first down passes of 18 and 20 yards before senior Daniel Jackson finished off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run.
Helms connected with Ussery on the Falcons second drive, this time after starting in their worst field position of the game, at its own 26. Helms hit Ussery on a 40-yard touchdown pass, which was set up by a 34-yard reception from McCoy.
In the first half, Jackson had runs of 14 and 10 yards as the Falcons opened the second quarter starting its drive at their own 46-yard line.
Despite two missed opportunities by the Falcons, Helms went back to his bread-and-butter, hitting Hilton for a third score after a dozen plays and 54-yards of offense.
After another defensive stop, Nation Ford came back on its second series and went down the field as Helms and McCoy combined on five of the 10 plays of the drive which ended as Helms hit McCoy for a 25-yard score.
After taking the opening kickoff of the game, Nation Ford came out on its first drive and wasted no time scoring, covering 50 yards in 10 plays and actually scored twice, but an illegal procedure against the Falcons called the first touchdown back.
However, a roughing the passer call went in Nation Fords favor and put them down near the goal line before Helms connected with Hilton to get the Falcons on the board.
After a three-and-out by the Demons, Ussery returned a punt 48 yards to the 3. Helms then hit Hilton again two plays later to extend the Falcons lead.
Lugoff-Elgin came back and got on the board after facing a fourth and 16 at the Falcons 37-yard line, junior quarterback Shon Belton scrambled to his right and hit a wide open senior Derrick Miller for the score.
Nation Ford 51, Lugoff-Elgin 13
NF Dalton Helms three-yard pass to Riley Hilton (Corey Condron kick)
NF Helms two-yard pass to Hilton (Condron kick)
LE Shon Belton 37-yard pass to Derrick Miller (Robert Frame kick)
NF Helms to Hilton one-yard pass (Condron kick)
NF Helms to AK McCoy 25-yard pass (Condron kick)
NF Daniel Jackson five-yard run (kick blocked)
NF Helms to Dijuan Ussery 40-yard pass (Condron kick)
NF Andrew Barr 10-yard run (Condron kick)
NF Condron 32-yard field goal
LE Javone Byrd four-yard run (conversion failed)
Rushing Nation Ford: Dalton Helms 3-1, Daniel Jackson 12-72, Marques Coleman 1-6, Andrew Barr 1-10, Taylor Hemphill 3-(-11).
Lugoff-Elgin: Shon Belton 14-28, Derrick Miller 7-23, Jarelle Hannah 9-36, Keenan Myers 1-6, Jalen McCaskill 9-55, Javone Byrd 6-54, Ben Johnson 1-(-2).
Passing Nation Ford: Dalton Helms 18-28-0 263.
Lugoff-Elgin: Shon Belton 1-4-0 37.
Receiving Nation Ford: Dijuan Ussery 5-104, AK McCoy 7-127, Riley Hilton 3-6, Daniel Jackson 3-26.
Lugoff-Elgin: Derrick Miller 1-37.
Records: Nation Ford 2-1, Lugoff-Elgin 0-2.