Laurens Academy turned in its third shutout in a row on Friday night, but 0 was not the big number.
In the Crusaders’ final regular-season game, senior quarterback Thomas Lowry rushed for four touchdowns and passed for another as Laurens Academy (7-3) blanked Cambridge Academy-Palmetto Christian Academy (CAPCA), 60-0, at Todd Kirk Field.
CAPCA (6-1) is a co-op consisting of two Greenwood schools that consolidated their forces to play 8-man football. They filled the place on Laurens Academy’s schedule originally occupied by Newberry Academy. The Cats’ six wins were all against teams made up of home-schooled athletes, two of which they played twice. Next week they will play Providence Home-School for a second time in a postseason tournament.
Considerable evidence suggested that 8-man play at the school, as opposed to home-schooled, play was a tad higher. Laurens Academy led 44-0 at the half.
After Clarence Bertoli opened the scoring with a 13-yard run two minutes into LA’s Senior Night, the next four scores were Lowry runs of 45, 40, 24 and 45 yards. Then he passed 28 yards to Cal Robertson in the final minute of the first half. Lowry passed for a conversion to Robertson and ran for another. Bertoli had a pair of conversions.
In the second half, Judson Watkins scored on a 17-yard rush. Jonas Smith provided the conversion. Brett Young closed out the scoring with about five minutes to play on a 43-yard dash.
Game, set, mismatch.
Lowry gained 279 rushing yards in 14 carries and connected on 9 of his 16 pass attempts for 120 yards. Robertson caught 5 of those passes for 73 yards.
Young (43), Bertoli (41), Watkins (27) and Reles Littleton (4) tacked on 115 more rushing yards, bringing the total output to 394 yards on the ground and total offense to 514.
Jonah Spate led CAPCA with 12 rushes for 79 yards.
The Crusaders will attempt to build on their best record since 2010 (11-1) next week in a first-round SCISA playoff game.