SUMMERTON – At one time at Clarendon Hall on Friday night, Laurens Academy and the Saints were knotted at 14.
It was a slip-knot. The final score was 82-14 and it was 60-14 by halftime.
Buddy Baker got the Crusaders off to a fast start with a 40-yard interception return, and Garrett Murphy hit Diamonte Grant for a 2-point conversion.
Murphy rushed for the 2nd score from 2 yards out, but the conversion pass fell incomplete.
Head coach Todd Kirk missed the game and athletics director Travis Plowden coached in his stead.
“I was very pleased in our 1st-quarter performance and getting off to a better start than we have in the 1st three games,” Plowden said. “Things slid away in the 2nd quarter and I wish I had done a better job of responding to the momentum change.
“I give a lot of credit to Clarendon. They did a number of things to give us problems and have some really good players. Although the game quickly got of hand, we played hard and competed.”
Laurens Academy (0-4) lost the bulk of an 8-4 team to graduation this year. Plowden praised two standouts from the ’20 team who are back this year.
“Cal Robertson and Diamonte Grant continue to greatly impress me with their leadership and toughness,” he said. “They are doing so well in helping a young team that needs leadership. Thankfully, they are providing that leadership.”
Cathedral Academy of North Charleston visits Laurens Academy next.