Laurens Academy equaled its win total from last season Friday night with a 44-19 victory over visiting Newberry Academy.
The Crusaders (2-1) got a pair of touchdowns from junior receiver Buddy Baker and two scores from senior running back Clarence Bertoli.
LA trailed 19-16 at halftime, but dominated the second half, keeping the Eagles (1-1) out of the end zone over the final two quarters.
Meanwhile, LA’s offense took over, scoring 28 unanswered points behind Baker’s two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Andrew Codington added a touchdown run, and Garrett Murphy put the period on LA’s night with a score to make the final 44-19.
Laurens Academy Scoring Summary
LA – Clarence Bertoli run (Andrew Codington run), LA 8-7.
LA – Bertoli run (Codington run), LA 16-13.
Halftime score: Newberry Academy 19, LA 16
LA – Buddy Baker TD reception from Codington (conversion failed), LA 22-19.
LA – Baker TD (conversion failed), LA 28-19.
LA – Codington run (Bertoli run), LA 36-19.
LA – Garrett Murphy TD (Baker conversion), LA 44-19.