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Crusaders ground game, defense dominate, 54-0

By John Clayton | October 16, 2020

Laurens Academy senior quarterback Thomas Lowry ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Crusaders shut out visiting W.W. King Academy 54-0 Friday night at Todd Kirk Field. Lowry had touchdown runs of 21, 23 and 51 yards and helped the Crusaders (4-3) to a 40-0 halftime lead. Clarence Bertoli and Judson…

Raiders’ fast start sends Aiken packing, 34-6

By John Clayton | October 16, 2020

Laurens scored three first-quarter touchdowns and cruised to a 34-6 nonconference victory over visiting Aiken Friday night at K.C. Hanna Stadium. The Green Hornets, who played their first game of the season Monday due to delays related to COVID-19 outbreaks in the program, lost for the second time this week, falling to 0-2. LDHS got…

McGowan earns Player of Week honors

By John Clayton | October 14, 2020

Versatile Laurens District High junior running back and defensive back Jayden McGowan has been named Player of the Week by the Laurens County Touchdown Club. McGowan sparked the LDHS offense with a pair of touchdowns in the second half of a 24-16 victory over Eastside at K.C. Hanna Stadium. McGowan touched the ball only five…

Crusaders roll over Jeff Davis, 52-14

By John Clayton | October 9, 2020

Laurens Academy returned to its winning ways Friday night with a 52-14 SCISA 8-man football victory over host Jefferson Davis Academy Friday night in Blackville. Senior quarterback Thomas Lowry connected on three touchdown passes with wide receiver Caio Rita and ran for two other scores as the Crusaders (3-2) jumped out to a 22-8 first-quarter…

Raiders rally for 24-16 win over Eastside

By John Clayton | October 9, 2020

Laurens delivered first-year head coach Daryl Smith his first victory with the Raiders with a 24-16 come-from-behind win over visiting Eastside Friday night at K.C. Hanna Stadium. The Raiders (1-2 overall, 1-2 Region 2-4A) overcame a lackluster first half that started with a fumbled kickoff return to open the game for their first win of…

Second half propels Chapman past Red Devils

By John Clayton | October 9, 2020

Defending state champion Chapman, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, broke open a scoreless halftime tie with 24 straight second-half points en route to a 24-8 victory over visiting Clinton Saturday night in Inman. Clinton, which turned in a heroic defensive effort against the Panthers’ high-powered offense in the first half, was unable to hold…

Richard Winn ends Crusaders’ surge, 54-32

By John Clayton | October 3, 2020

Richard Winn Academy remained unbeaten Friday night, holding off upset-minded Laurens Academy 54-32 at Todd Kirk Field. The loss snapped the Crusaders’ three-game winning streak. LA fell to 3-3 on the year, while Richard Winn improved to 5-0. Senior quarterback Thomas Lowry connected on a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Diamonte Grant (37 and…

No. 3 Greenville rolls over Raiders

By John Clayton | October 3, 2020

As birthday presents go, Laurens District High head coach Daryl Smith would probably return the one from Greenville High School. The Red Raiders, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, visited K.C. Hanna Stadium Friday on Smith’s 46th birthday and came away with a 37-14 victory over LDHS. For the second straight week, the Raiders’ opponent…

Broome outlasts Red Devils, 27-26

By John Clayton | October 3, 2020

Broome blocked a 19-yard field-goal attempt with 16 seconds to play to seal a 27-26 victory over Clinton Friday night at Wilder Stadium. The Centurions (1-0) had recaptured the lead, capping off an eight-play, 82-yard scoring drive with a 6-yard pass from Dylan Ramirez to Braxton Turner with 1:26 left in the game and adding…

LDHS announces football ticket policies

By John Clayton | September 30, 2020

Tickets for Friday night’s home football opener at Laurens District High School’s K.C. Hanna Stadium must be purchased in advance and seating will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. All three local teams are in action at home Friday night. Clinton hosts Broome, and Laurens Academy will be visited by Richard Winn. The Raiders will…