The football rivalry with Richard Winn Academy has not been notably competitive, but this could be the year that changes that for Laurens Academy.
Thus far Winn (4-0) and LA (3-2) have one common opponent, Palmetto Christian. The Eagles won 26-14; the Crusaders lost, 42-38.
It suggests that Winn is the favorite, but not by the margin of the last seven meetings between the Crusaders and the Winnsboro school, which has outscored the Crusaders 392-114, for an average score of 56-16.
The two did not play from 2009 to 2012. LA has not beaten Winn since a 25-12 victory in 2008.
This year the Crusaders get the Eagles on their home field, with kickoff on Friday night at Todd Kirk Field, which has been a lively place this fall, set for 7:30.
Winn won last year’s meeting 52-20.
So far this season, Winn has outscored its opponents 173-20, while LA has outscored the opposition, 210-86. The Crusaders have won 3 games in a row, outscoring opponents Clarendon Hall, Cathedral Academy and Northside Christian by a combined margin of 160-26.
Quarterback Zack Taylor and Dru Caldwell have combined to give Winn a potent passing combination, and Joey Bannister and B Baker lead the rushing attack
The Eagles, coached by Paul Brigman, have been cruising along. The Crusaders have taken off.