Of Laurens Academy’s next two 8-man football opponents, Palmetto Christian is demonstrably the better.

The Eagles (1-0), whom the Crusaders (0-1) play on Friday night (7:30) at Mount Pleasant’s Park West Field, won their opener against Clarendon Hall by a score of 62-20.

Clarendon Hall is to visit LA’s Todd Kirk Field on Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, Holly Hill Academy trimmed Laurens Academy by a score of 18-12.

Nonetheless, Kevin Rourk, head coach at Palmetto Christian, sees the Crusaders as a threat.

“They have a tough, talented quarterback (Thomas Lowry), a bunch good receivers and they’re big and tough up front,” Rourk said.

The Eagles plays their home games in a Mount Pleasant city recreational complex quite distant from its campus. Park West Field is located at 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant 29466.

Two of Rourk’s better players are his twin sons, Connor, who rushed for 220 yards and passed for 74, and Carson, who made 11 tackles, against Clarendon Hall.

Kendall Chakeris, who rushed for 171 yards in 10 carries, and Connor Rourk each rushed for three touchdowns. Rourk also threw a touchdown pass to Walt Shogren and only missed on one of his seven pass attempts.

“I think this is the best team we’ve had in a long time,” Rourk said of Palmetto Christian, “and I think it’s the best Laurens Academy team in several years. I think what you’re looking at is real competitive game.”

For the Crusaders, Lowry threw a pair of touchdown passes to Caio Rita and rushed for 182 yards in a losing cause. LA trailed from the outset but couldn’t get its hands on the ball in the final minutes, when twice Diamonte Grant forced fumbles the Crusaders could not recover. The key to the game was Holly Hill’s ball-control offense keeping the ball away from the LA offense.