A Laurens victory on Friday night will establish the Raiders as the frontrunners in Region 1-5A. A Clinton win will even the Red Devils’ record in Region 3-3A. A Laurens Academy triumph will likewise move the Crusaders back to .500 in SCISA 8-man Region 2.
For the respective schools, all three Friday nights under the lights are crucial and demanding. All three are outside Laurens County.
No matter where the county’s football fans go, it is likely to be worth watching this week.
Laurens (4-1, 3-0 Region 1-5A) at Woodmont (5-1, 3-0): As LDHS head coach Chris Liner told his players on the field shortly after their 20-17 victory over Westside, they need to be healthy to take on a program at Woodmont that continues to rise.
The Raiders and Wildcats have two common opponents, Greenwood and Wade Hampton. Laurens defeated the Eagles, 17-10, and the Generals, 54-26. Woodmont won over Greenwood, 27-7, and Wade Hampton, 64-13. Last week, while the Raiders were edging the Rams, the Wildcats were thrashing J.L. Mann, 51-0.
Senior quarterback Ryan Campbell has emerged as the Raiders’ leading rusher with 63 carries for 409 yards, seven touchdowns and an average gain of 6.5 yards. He’s hit half (19-38) his passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. Campbell leads LDHS in rushing, passing, scoring (42 points) and total offense (634 yards).
The Raiders and Eagles are a game ahead of T.L. Hanna and Easley in the region standings. LDHS has both those teams ahead on its schedule.
Clinton (2-4, 0-1 Region 3-3A) at Mid-Carolina (2-3, 1-0): The Red Devils must shore up their defense. In two lopsided defeats – 54-21 last week to Union County and 63-13 to Wren – Clinton put up some impressive rushing numbers.
The Rebels opened their region season with a 13-12 victory over Emerald.
Against the Yellow Jackets, Clinton rushed for 265 yards. Shyquan Kinard emerged in spectacular fashion, averaging 22 yards for each of his eight carries for 176 total and all three Red Devil touchdowns.
In the three seasons since Clinton and Mid-Carolina were matched in the same region, the Red Devils have prevailed each time, winning 21-7 last year, 28-26 in 2017 and 45-7 in 2018.
Laurens Academy (2-3, 1-2 SCISA Region 2) at Richard Winn (4-2, 2-1): The 8-man game in Winnsboro might be more of a contest than initial indications suggest.
Both the Crusaders and Eagles have played Clarendon Hall, which defeated LA, 44-22, last week. The Crusaders only have 12 players on their roster. They ran out of them in the fourth quarter in Summerton, where they led at halftime. Winn defeated Clarendon Hall, 42-40.
Quarterback Thomas Lowry continues to put up outlandish numbers in the Crusaders’ wide-open attack. Through five games, the junior has completed 66 of 93 passe for 801 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averages 107.5 more yards on the ground, with seven more touchdowns.
Clarence Bertoli leads the Saints in receiving with 32 catches.
Cal Robertson leads the LA defense with 41 tackles. Diamonte Grant and Lowry each have 21 tackles.