Laurens is a member of Region 2-4A along with Greenwood and Greenville, neither of which wears green, which the Raiders do.
The Greenville Red Raiders (1-0) visit K.C. Hanna Stadium as Laurens (0-1) reacts to the Greenwood Eagles’ 35-7 victory in the season’s opening game. Early indications are that Greenwood and Greenville are the frontrunners in the region football race. The Red Raiders won it last year and finished with a 10-3 record. Laurens won Region 1-5A and finished 9-2.
The Red Raiders opened impressively with a 34-17 triumph over Greer.
“It’s going to seem like we’re playing the same defense,” Laurens head coach Daryl Smith said. “As a matter of fact, it’s a lot like we’re playing the same team in Greenville. Greenwood is more option-oriented on offense, but Greenville’s quarterback (Prometheus Franklin) reminds me of [Greenwood’s Jaylin] Tolbert.
“Greenville’s defense is similar in every respect: strong up front, good, fast secondary, same schemes. The benefit is that we saw lots of size and speed in Greenwood.”
Franklin completed 12 of 17 passes for 157 yards in his debut at quarterback, where Andre Goodman may also see action. Greenville has an explosive tandem at running back in Khalique Holland and Preston Loundes. A defensive standout is Aziz Huff, who intercepted 5 passes a year ago.
Loundes led the Red Raiders against Greer with 82 yards in 12 carries. As a team, Greenville rushed for 202 yards.
Laurens rushed for 158 yards and passed for 90 in the loss at Greenwood. Quarterback James Rawl completed 15 of 25 passes but was intercepted twice. Jeremiah Fuller led all Raider rushers with 70 yards in 18 attempts.
Greenville head coach Greg Porter, in his second year after migrating from Hillcrest, is no stranger to LDHS fans.
In the Raiders’ first two games, they have faced the state’s 5th-ranked 4A team (Greenwood) and now face No. 3 Greenville. In a 5-team region, LDHS can ill afford to lose twice.
“Our guys have responded well to the challenge,” Smith said. “Heads are up. They’re doing what we ask them to do. Everything’s pretty positive. All you can ask them to do is to go out and get better each week. We’ve had little more focus and consistency in practice this week. We’ll see if it’s good enough and try to apply it.”
Did you know? Three Region 2-4A members – Greenville, Greenwood and Greer – wear the letter “G” surrounded by the outline of a football on the sides of their helmets. The design was popularized by the Green Bay Packers and the University of Georgia.