A half-hour lightning delay was the only thing that seemed to keep the Nation Ford Falcons out of the endzone on Friday night. Michael Allen’s team defeated the Lugoff-Elgin Demons in a 43-0 rout at home for its first win of the 2015 season.
The Falcons fired on all cylinders as they gained 488 yards of total offense in the contest, led by quarterback Cole Martin’s 328 yards through the air.
“It just all came together,” said Allen, crediting the fast pace of his offense.
All of the Falcons’ points were scored in just the first half, as Martin found three different receivers for his four touchdown passes.
Alex Stennett caught two scoring receptions in red zone situations before play was paused due to lightning, while a 61-yard run-after-the-catch touchdown from Josh Shade stretched the lead even further in the second quarter. Jordan Helms caught a 12-yard scoring pass as time ticked away in the first half, what proved to be the final score.
The Falcons also found pay-dirt on the ground as running back Rayquwan Taylor ran in a 10-yard touchdown after converting a short fourth down in Demon territory. The senior had a team-leading 115 yards rushing on the night.
The Falcons set the pace from the initial drive, marching down the field on a 75-yard drive that took just over two minutes and was finished with Martin and Stennett’s first touchdown connection of the night.
The Demons came out of halftime driving down the field despite being down by 43. After converting a 4th and 1 in Nation Ford territory, the ball hit was knocked to the turf and was scooped up by the Falcons’ Jonquavius Benton, ending the small amount of momentum that Lugoff-Elgin had.
Martin went 23-for-31 and, in addition to his passing totals, also rushed for 26 yards and snuck in a touchdown from the one yard line to cap off an 85-yard drive late in the first quarter.
“Cole does a great job of executing our offense. He checked off a few plays, he knows how to get us out of a bad play,” said Allen of the senior signal-caller.
The Falcons seemed to be very relieved to get their first win after losing twice at home against South Pointe and Boiling Springs.
“It’s nice to finally bring a win back to Nation Ford,” said Martin.
“It’s been a while since we won here at home. It’s great just to be able to put up points and run our offense smoothly and our defense played great.”
Nation Ford will be on the road for the first time in 2015 as they head to Greenville next week to face the Red Raiders. The Demons will look to rebound at home as they host West Florence next Friday.
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NFHS – Cole Martin 12 yd. pass to Alex Stennett (PAT good) 9:51
NFHS – Martin 1 yd. TD run (2 point converstion good) 3:09
NFHS – Martin 8 yd. pass to Stennett (PAT good) 9:36
NFHS – Rayquwan Taylor 10 yd run (PAT good) 6:19
NFHS – Martin 61 yd. pass to Josh Shade (PAT good) 4:26
NFHS – Martin 12 yd. pass to Jordan Helms (PAT good) 0:09
Nation Ford individual stats
Rushing: Rayquwan Taylor 10-115; Cole Martin 3-26 yd; Chris Layle 2-0; Josh Shade 1-13; Jordan Helms 1-5.
Passing: Cole Martin 23-31, 328 yards, 4 TDs; Chris Layle 2-5, 25 yds; Halen Burgess 1-1, 3 yds.
Receiving: Shade 7-141 yd; Hank Tuipulotu 7-121; Helms 7-69; Alex Stennett 3-35; Durham 1-16; Tyree Chaplin 1-5