To borrow a baseball term, Laurens Academy put up a lot of crooked numbers in Friday night’s football game at Todd Kirk field against Jefferson Davis Academy. The result was a basketball score, 70-44.
The Raiders scored first, and the score was once tied at 14, but junior quarterback Thomas Lowry and his Crusader mates pulled swiftly away.
The scoring summary was … weighty.
With 8:43 remaining in the first quarter, Lowry threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Bertoli. LA trailed 8-6.
After a fumble recovery, Lowry dashed 40 yards for a touchdown and hit Cal Robertson for a two-point conversion. The Crusaders (3-4, 2-3 SCISA 8-man Region 2) never trailed again, but JDA (4-4, 2-3) tied it 14-14 early in the second quarter.
Lowry lofted a 57-yard touchdown pass to Caio Rita and ran in a conversion.
The next aerial was a 25-yarder to Robertson. Lowry then intercepted a Raider pass and scored on a 12-yard run. It was 36-22 at halftime.
Lowry connected again with Bertoli from 35 yards. He hit Robertson with a 25-yarder. Bertoli was the recipient of a 32-yard pass, and Diamonte Grant caught the conversion toss. Lowry scored on a 50-yard run. Bertoli scored both a touchdown and a conversion on a shovel pass from Lowry.
Seventy points. Lowry threw for seven touchdowns and ran for three. He intercepted a pass.
JDA rushed for 335 yards, led by Seth Davis with 23 carries for 186 yards.
LA passed for 374 yards and rushed for 208. All of them were Lowry’s. He completed 29 of 37 passes, a completion percentage of .784, and rushed for 208 in 15 carries, averaging 13.9 yards a carry.
Bertoli caught 12 passes for 143 yards, Robertson nine for 141, Grant seven for 32 and Rita one for 58.
Grant and Lowry each had 11 tackles.