Two forces of nature - Hurricane Irma and fire ants - altered Lee Central High School's football game against Buford in a significant way.
A game originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, in Bishopville ended up eventually being played on Monday, Sept. 18, in Lancaster. Buford won the battle of unbeatens 28-27.
The Stallions had to climb right back in the saddle and play another undefeated team on the road - at the originally scheduled time - in Chesterfield.
"We just knew we had to get over that (Buford) game mentally," said LC starting offensive tackle Zurich Scarborough. "We had to move forward and get ready for the next game."
The Stallions did just that, picking up a 41-21 victory. And Scarborough, along with running back Deondraye Moses and outside linebacker Corey King, played big parts in the win and are being honored for it.
Scarborough is The Sumter Item Offensive Lineman of the Week, Moses the Offensive Player of the Week and King the Defensive Player of the Week. They are joined by Special Teams Player of the Week Dylan Way of Clarendon Hall.
The quartet will be honored at the second meeting of the Sumter Touchdown Club presented by FTC on Friday. It will be held at the Swan Lake Visitors Center beginning at 7:15 a.m. The visitors center is located inside the gates of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens on West Liberty Street.
The guest speaker on Friday will be ESPN replay official Penn Wagers.
Lee Central rushed for 444 yards on 44 carries and Scarborough played a key role in opening the holes. He graded out at 91 percent and had two pancake blocks.
"Our down blocking was really good on Friday," Scarborough said. "We did a good job of trapping the right person and we were getting to the linebackers."
Moses was one who took advantage of the blocking up front. Even though he had only six carries, Moses rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns. The scores came on runs of 80, 38 and 20 yards.
"We responded really good (to the loss)," said Moses, whose team had the Buford game originally moved to Saturday because LC had missed the school the first two days of the week because of the threat posed by Irma. When the teams got to Stallion Stadium on Saturday, the game officials ruled the field unsafe to play on due to several fire ant beds.
"We came out there and did what we had to do (against Chesterfield). The offensive line did a great job of opening holes and I just tried to get as many yards as I could get."
Perhaps as impressive as the offensive numbers Lee Central put up was the fact it limited the Rams to just 21 points. They had scored 194 points in their 4-0 start, 43 being the fewest they had scored in a shutout win over East Clarendon.
King's play had a little bit to do with that. He intercepted two passes, returning one 75 yards for a score, and he also had seven tackles.
"They had two receivers come out that we picked up and there was a running back," King said. "I just jumped in front of him, caught the ball and I took off."
After suffering the close loss, King said there was somewhat of a sense or urgency against Chesterfield.
"We knew we had to have that win, but I don't know if there was really a lot of concern," he said. "We just knew we had to go out there and do what we needed to do."
Way returned five kickoffs for 91 yards for Clarendon Hall in its 47-31 loss to Richard Winn Academy. However, Way had a huge all-around game for the Saints.
He rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, completed 5-of-16 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble on defense.