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Laurens Academy High School


Despite forfeit, Crusaders starting to turn corner

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Laurens – Laurens Academy’s two-game winning streak came to an end last Friday, albeit not for the reasons the Crusaders would have envisioned. 
Dealing with a sickness throughout the school, the football team had to forfeit its matchup against Clarendon Hall because of a lack of numbers, head coach Todd Kirk said.
“I hated it, but we couldn’t get on the bus because we didn’t have enough players to play,” Kirk said. “Our quarterback was sick and one of the offensive linemen was sick. I was going to have to move my backup quarterback to guard.”
Even though last week’s result was unfortunate, Kirk has been pleased with the progress from his squad so far. The Crusaders are 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the region thanks to a 36-0 win over King Academy and a 52-32 triumph over Calhoun Academy in back-to-back weeks.
“We’ve gotten every game of this season, and those two games that we won gave us a little bit of rhythm and we’re starting to believe in ourselves a little bit and getting a little bit of continuity.”
Thomas Lowry has been a key factor at quarterback in leading an offense that’s scored 88 points in its last two games.
“He’s throwing the ball well and running the ball well,” Kirk said. “He does a good job leading and has a good understanding of our offense.”
Moving Cal Robertson to linebacker was another big step in the right direction, Kirk added, as was switching Charlton McCall to the h-back position. 
“He’s carrying the ball more and catching the ball more,” Kirk said. “He also plays linebacker and has made a lot of plays defensively.”
 Diamonte Grant has caused and recovered fumbles as a defensive end and has caught passes on offense at tight end. Will Jones has also shined at tight end, and Kirk wants to get him the ball more during the next few games, he said.
Reles Littleton and Carson Venable have shined as offensive guards and defensive tackles, and were big parts of LA’s two victories, Kirk said.

Cross Country

In a cross country meet at Greenwood Christian on Sept. 27, Laurens Academy’s girls took home first place with 24 points.
The Lady Crusaders defeated Greenwood, Dixie and Cambridge Academy.
Finishing first for Laurens was Blair Quarles with a time of 23:34. Next was Audrey Noffz (25:16) followed by Julia Kerber (25:52). Ivy Codington finished with a time of 26:01 followed by Penelope Kerber (27:59) and Lindsey Burroughs (36:48).
On the boys side, the Crusaders took fifth place with an overall score of 206. 
Jonas Smith finished first on the team with a time of 21:03. Blake Quarles was next at 24:04 followed by Garrett Murphy at 27:31. Caleb Howard had a finishing time of 27:42 followed by Devin Sampson (28:58) and Noah Manning (31:40).


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