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LA begins new era with 56-38 win over Eagles

Laurens Academy freshman DE Garrison Vaughan (80) recovers an Augusta fumble, beating Eagles’ QB Ethan Thompson (15) to the ball.

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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

1st Half

Andrew Codington 10 run (conversion failed), LA 6-0

Buddy Baker pass from Codington (Codington run), LA 14-6

2nd Half

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


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