Clinton Middle School’s eighth-grade football team defeated Laurens Middle 20-6 on Thursday on the Wildcats’ home field, Wilder Stadium.
Bryce Young hit Zay Johnson on a long pass play, and Johnson ran in the conversion. Clinton’s Zane McLendon intercepted two first-half passes, and the Tigers’ K.D. Mosley had one.
A 48-yard gallop by Malachi Anderson put the Wildcats up, 14-0, but LMS responded with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Nabors to Mosley.
The final score occurred as a result of a Tiger turnover. Collin Wofford knocked the ball loose, and Riley Miller scooped it up and scored from about 50 yards out.
In the final minutes, Laurens almost scored when Nabors hit Mosley on a long pass, but the Wildcats’ Johnson ran down the Tiger receiver and knocked the ball loose about 1-2 yards shy of the goal line, where CMS recovered.
Maddox Holtzclaw and Nick Fowler scored the touchdowns in Hickory Tavern’s 14-12 victory over Ware Shoals.
The Laurens JV team defeated Woodmont, 25-14, highlighted by Cayson Elledge’s 86-yard touchdown ramble.
Blake Nelson set up the next LDHS score with an interception. James Rawl then hit Elledge for a 37-yard touchdown pass.
Gemere Darden added a 3-yard scoring run. Dale Hostetler set up that score by forcing a fumble. Darden added a second score on a 4-yard run.
The Clinton junior varsity also won, thumping Mid-Carolina, 42-13.
Richard Winn defeated the Laurens Academy middle-school team, 42-6.
Laurens won a grueling volleyball match over Westside 25-17, 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-11, at home on Thursday night.
The Raiders honored six seniors: defensive specialists Aija Davis and Brielle Macatiag, right-side hitters Kayla Moore and Destyne Wells, middle blocker Rachel Delio and outside hitter Mackenzie Ward.
In the five-set, Region 1-5A match, Mackenzie Ward registered 23 kills, two blocks and 10 digs. Moore had two aces and 13 digs, Davis five aces and 14 digs, Macatiag 15 digs, Callie Wzorek five aces and 24 digs, Delio six kills, and Rebekah Smith 17 kills and 21 digs.
The Raiders ended their season with a record of 7-15, 2-12 in region play.
The JV team also lost a tight match, albeit in straight sets. The Rams won 25-23, 28-26, in spite of 15 digs by Brianna Burrafato. Madelyn Orcutt registered six kills.
Laurens Academy won three out of four sets in a varsity volleyball victory over Richard Winn, and the middle-school team won in straight sets.
Clinton tennis remained unbeaten in Region 3-3A with a 5-1 victory at Newberry on Thursday. The Red Devils won all but No. 2 singles to improve to 9-2 overall, 8-0 in region play.
Singles: Mary Catherine Dailey (C) defeated Elizabeth Yi 6-2, 6-1. Abigail Yi (N) defeated Chandler Dailey 6-4, 6-1. Gracie Spangler (C) defeated Kenzie Long 6-2, 6-2. Reese Gowan (C) defeated Lara Mobler 6-0, 6-1. Jerri Hill (C) defeated Kaley LaPrize 6-0, 6-0.
Emerald visits Clinton on Monday.