Daniel cruises in homecoming win over Razorbacks

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School football team had been dominant entering its matchup with the Walhalla Razorbacks on Friday night, and the Lions were looking to keep control of Region I-4A.

Meanwhile, the Razorbacks were looking to quell the Lions following their devastating loss to Pickens the previous week.

Daniel’s offensive flurry proved to be too much for Walhalla though, as the Lions cruised to yet another victory in a 45-14 effort.

“I challenged the kids this week just like I challenge them every week,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said. “I challenged them to give the best effort and play the best football, and that’s what they did tonight.”

The Lions went up 21-0 in the first quarter and never looked back, as they rushed for more than 300 yards in a change of pace from their usual pass-heavy offense.

“Any time you can have success early, it bodes well for the rest of the game,” Fruster said. “We knew how important it was to come out of the gate strong and get the scoring underway.

“We knew we could run the ball on them. I thought our running game was due for a big game like tonight, and it was a big focus in practice.”

“The big start gave us some momentum,” added Daniel running back Kiandre Sims, who ran for 150 of the Lions’ 339 rushing yards. “We never lost our sense of urgency, though, and kept pounding for all four quarters.”

The huge offensive performance by the Lions came as a surprise following the strong play of the Walhalla defense all season. In fact, the Razorbacks gave up more points in the first half Friday — 31 — than they had in any

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