By Annie Rigby
The Loris High School Lions hosted the Georgetown Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 9, at Heniford Field.
Prior to kick-off the LHS seniors who are football players, cheerleaders or band members were recognized on the field accompanied by their parents or family members. This is a priviledge for the seniors to shine for their accomplishments from kindergarten to 12th grade. Senior Nigh also recognizes the parents of the seniors who have pushed their students to pursue their dreams.
The Lions won the coin toss and deferred it to the second half of the game. The Bulldogs received the ball however were unable to score in the first quarter; the Lions’ scored 6. In the second quarter neither team scored. In the third quarter the Lions scored 6 and the Bulldogs scored 7, scoreboard was 12 to 7 the Lions are ahead. The fourth quarter Georgetown scored 6; Loris didn’t score. The game was tied 13-13, the Lions won the coin toss in the nail-biter finish in overtime with Loris scoring 6 points in the final, winning the game 19 to 13.
Coach Greg Mance stated he was going to make the LHS varsity a winning team, he had a plan to present to the team to help achieve the goal of going to a state championship. Amarion Riggins said, “I think he (Coach Mance) really came and turned us around.” He continued “He is a great coach and also a great person.” Chandler Graham said, “I like Coach Mance’s coaching style, it is like we know more than we did, we understand everything a lot more now because we break the little things down; it’s the little things that count.”
With the virus overwhelming the seniors in the spring of 2020, missing some of the special moments in a senior’s life, Senior Night gave the 2021 LHS Senior Class a night to remember.
With limited seating at the stadium due to COVID-19, CDC and DHEC guidelines, smaller crowds gather, the concessions are limited to only drinks and prepackaged snacks, social distancing and the varsity cheerleaders wearing face masks as they revved up the crowd. The parents, fans, Blue Pride members, students and teachers feel a bit of normalcy returning as they get out into the night air to cheer on the Loris Lions.
The Lions will travel to Aynor High School Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, for a 7:30 p.m. kick-off. Tickets are limited; check the school Facebook page for details.