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Laurens Academy handed Travis Plowden his first victory as a head football coach Friday night, defeating the Augusta Eagles 56-38 at Todd Kirk Field in the season opener for both teams.
LA led 14-6 at halftime but exploded for 42 second-half points.
Senior quarterback Andrew Codington, making his first career varsity start accounted for five LA touchdowns – three passes and two runs. Codington connected with tight end Garrett Murphy twice and Buddy Baker once on scoring passes.
Fellow senior Clarence Bertoli scored on runs of 30 and 8 yards and added a kickoff return for a touchdown to help LA pull away in the second half.
Plowden took over as head football coach in June after Stacy Bell, who had been hired to replace long-time head coach and LA headmaster Todd Kirk, resigned without coaching a game with the Crusaders.
LA (1-0) travels to Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro next Friday.
LA Scoring Summary
Andrew Codington 10 run (conversion failed), LA 6-0
Buddy Baker pass from Codington (Codington run), LA 14-6
Garrett Murphy 50 pass from Codington (Clarence Bertoli run), LA 22-6
Murphy pass from Codington (Codington run), LA 30-6
Bertoli kickoff return (conversion failed), LA 36-14
Codington run (conversion failed), LA 42-14
Bertoli 8 run (conversion failed), LA 48-22
Bertoli 30 run (Codington run), LA 56-30