T.L. Hanna’s Sasheen Latimer ran for a pair of second-quarter touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets dominated host Laurens Friday night at K.C. Hanna Stadium.
Latimer’s 78 yards was a game high and part of a balanced and potent Yellow Jacket rushing attack that rolled up 394 yards against the Raiders (1-5).
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets defense limited the Raiders to 89 yards of total offense and six first downs. LDHS had more penalty yards (13 penalties, 95 yards) than yards from scrimmage. The Raiders converted 1 of 11 third downs.
“Offensively, we’ve got to keep working at it,” said LDHS head coach Daryl Smith. “We had a couple of turnovers that hurt us. We’ve just got to find something we can do right now.”
James Rawl, the Raiders’ three-year starter at quarterback, is out for the season with a knee injury he suffered two weeks ago in the fourth quarter of a 24-21 overtime loss to Chapman. Rawl is set to undergo surgery Wednesday, he said.
Josh Donald’s 18-yard touchdown run put T.L. Hanna ahead 10-0 with 11 minutes, 33 seconds left in the second quarter.
Laurens senior linebacker Jordan Roberts scored his second defensive touchdown in as many weeks, returning a fumble recovery for a score to cut the Hanna lead to 10-7 with 9:50 left until halftime. Roberts returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in last week’s victory over Union County.
Latimer answered the defensive score with touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards. The 2-yard plunge came with just 17 seconds left in the first half and extended the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 24-7. Class 5A T.L. Hanna (5-1) won its third straight game since suffering a 45-7 loss against Westside on Sept. 2.
LDHS recovered another fumble midway through the third quarter, but fumbled the ball back to the Yellow Jackets on the next play.
The Raiders are set to begin Region 2-4A play next Friday (Sept. 30) at Greer.