NEWBERRY – Laurens Academy brought down the curtain on its football season Friday night, and it was “curtains” for Newberry Academy very quickly.

The final score was 64-14. The halftime score was 58-14. Laurens Academy piled up 294 Thomas Lowry passing yards and 138 rushing yards divided between Lowry (86) and Clarence Bertoli (52 in his lone carry).

The Crusaders didn’t make the S.C. Independent School Association playoffs but became the third of Laurens County’s teams to improve on its record of the previous year. LA finished 4-5 after going 3-7 in 2018.

Lowry completed 12 out of 16 passes with six touchdowns and an average completion of 24.5 yards. Cal Robertson caught six (for 177 yards), Bertoli four and Caio Rita two.

Fifty-yard plays are not that common most places. There were six of them by the Crusaders, all for scores and three of them on passes from Lowry to Robertson. Another was the night’s final touchdown, a 52-yarder by Clarence Bertoli. Lowry and Robertson also hooked up on a 58-yarder.. Caio Rita caught a 45- and a 30-yarder.

The Crusaders scored nine touchdowns, and only three were under 30 yards. Six were touchdown passes by Lowry, a junior who has already scored 105 times in his career.

Robertson led the defense with 12 tackles, 10 of the solo. Diamonte Grant made seven tackles, Bertoli and Carson Venable six each, Lowry had five and Will Jones three. Venable made two fumble recoveries.

Bertoli caught five unofficial passes on two-point conversions.