Sports Report for Monday, 8-27-2018

Local Notes


  • Laurens 34 – Clinton 14… The Laurens Raiders and the Clinton Red Devils faced for the Laurens County Championship last Friday night and the first half of football kind of reminded you of two fighters feeling each other out in the ring and landing a few punches but not able to connect with anything solid as they both moved the ball only to have miscues stop drives and the half ended in a scoreless tie… That all changed on the first possession of the second half as the Raiders Will Tinsley returned the short kickoff 23 yards to the Clinton 42 and then Ryan Campbell carried it home on the first play from scrimmage… Devon Hubner’s PAT made it 7-0 and the Raiders would never trail again but the Red Devils never gave up… The Raider defense then held Clinton to 3 and punt and Tinsley returned the punt to the Clinton 31 yard line… Four plays later, Shamare Dendy carried it in from 4 yards out to put Laurens up 13-0 as the PAT was blocked…. The two teams traded possessions until the fourth quarter…With 11:55 left in the game the Red Devils got on the board when Greg Sanders bulled it in from 5 yards out… Sam Tilled added the PAT to make it 13-7… On the ensuing kickoff Tinsley again had a good return (42 yards) to set the Raiders up at the Clinton 28 yard line… Three plays later Campbell had his 2nd TD run from 20 yards out and Hubner added the PAT to make it 20-7… The Red Devils responded as they moved down the field on the arm of Konnor Richardson completing multiple passes to Can Nichols and Elijah Campbell… The Red Devils scored with 8:20 left in the contest on a Titus Hood rush of 8 yards and Tiller added the PAT to make it 20-14… Laurens answered on its next possession after Jordan Woodruff returned the kickoff 3o yards to the midfield stripe… Four plays later Dendy scored again from 25 yards out after the Duane Martin had moved 25 yards in three rushed to set up the score…Hubner’s PAT made it 27-14 with 6:20 left in the game… A Red Devil fumble recovered by the Raiders at the Clinton 40 gave the Raiders the ball back… They made the Red Devils pay for that mistake as 9 plays later the Dendy picked up his third TD of the night on a 16 yard run and with the PAT the score stood 34-14… The Red Devils were then able to get off 7 plays before the clock ran out giving Laurens the win… The Red Devils finished the night with 220 yards of total offense 89 of which were on the ground… Kimon Quarles led the Red Devils with 77 yards in 7 carries… Cam Nichols had the most reception yards with 92 yards in 4 catches… The Raiders had a total of 333 yards 292 of which were rushing… Duane Martin picked up a net 133 yards in 21 carries while Will Tinsley had 2 of Laurens 3 receptions for 34 yards… Tinsley also had 30 yards in punt returns and 65 yards in kickoff returns…. For more stats on the game, click on the following: CHS+vs+LDHS+Quickie, CHS+vs+LDHS+Individual and CHS+vs+LDHS+Play+by+Play   …. The Red Devils will be on the road this Friday taking on Broome and the Raiders will host Myrtle Beach.

Laurens Academy

  • Faith-Ridge 52 – LA 34… If you like a lot of offense in your football game, then Summerville was the place to be last Friday night as the LA Crusaders and the combined team form Faith and Ridge Christion schools put 86 points on the board… The only problem is that F-R had 52 of those points as they took a 52-34 win in the Crusader’s’ season opener… F-R led 34-14 at the half… Sorry no other stats on the game at this time.

Some Other Area Scores From Last Friday Night

Class A

  • Whitmire 19 – Great Falls 6
  • Greenwood Raptors 40 – Ware Sholas 0

Class AA

  • Abbeville 49 – Newberry 0
  • Ninety Six 57 – St Joseph’s 42

Class AAA

  • Chapin 17 – Mid-Carolina 13
  • Union 35 – AC Flora 14
  • Woodruff 48 – Broome 12

Class AAAA

  • BHP 51 – Powdersville 7
  • Myrtle Beach 37 – Hanahan 0


  • Hillcrest 20 – Mauldin 14
  • Gaffney 28 – Greenwood 7
  • Boiling Springs 22 – Westside 7
  • Greenville 27 – Wade Hampton 0


Pros … For more information on these games, click on their scores.

Braves… The Braves completed their road trip over the weekend and their series with the Marlins… As you may recall the Braves took a 5-0 win.

  • Friday: Marlins 1 – Braves 0… Friday night’s game was a pitchers’ duel between the Marlins Dan Straily and the Braves Mike Foltynewicz and Straily came out on top as the Marlins scored a single run in the 4th inning and made it standup as the Fish took a 1-0 win over the Brave…. Both teams managed just 3 hits each in the game.
  • Saturday: Marlins 3 – Braves 1… On Saturday the Marlins made it two in a row over the Braves as they took a 3-1 win… The Braves actually outhit the Marlins 9-6… The Marlins rookie Brian Anderson had a pinch-hit 2-run homer in the 7th inning that proved to be the game winner… The Braves only run was a solo homer (13) in the 9th inning by Dansby Swanson.
  • Sunday: Braves 4 – Marlins 0… The Braves rebounded yesterday to take a 4-0 win over the Marlins thus earning a split of the 4-game series… The Braves broke the game open in the 8th inning when they played 3 runs.    The Braves will have the night off tonight and return to action tomorrow night as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in a short 2-game series.

Drive…. The Greenville Drive finished their series with the Charleston RiverDogs down on the coast of SC over the weekend… As you may recall they started the series with a 6-0 win on Thursday night.

  • Friday: RiverDogs 2 – Greenville 1… The RiverDogs rebounded Friday night to take a 2-1 win over the Drive in a game where they simply had more offense as they outhit the Drive 8-2.
  • Saturday: Drive 4 –RiverDogs 3… Now there was more offense in Saturday’s game as the two teams combined for 22 hits and 7 runs and good news for Drive fans as the Drive had 12 of the 22 hits and 4 of the 7 runs as they took a 4-3 win.
  • Drive 5 – RiverDogs 0… Yesterday the Drive rebounded to take a 5-0 win over the RiverDogs to earn a split of the 4-game series… The Drive scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning to break the game open… The Drive remain on the road as they travel to Rome, Ga to take on the Baby Braves.


High School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy… To see the fall sports schedules for each sport this season at Laurens Academy click on their name that follows: Varsity Football, Middle School Football and Volleyball.


Broadcast Schedule Below is the broadcast schedule for the next several days on Real Radio 860 WLBG…  And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at

  • Friday – 8-31-18 – Varsity football Myrtle Beach at Laurens, live about 6:35


This and That:

  • Century Club Memberships Now on Sale… Century Club memberships for the coming school year are now on sale for Laurens County School District 55… This is the only way to get season football tickets for the upcoming season…  As a member you will receive two reserved seat football regular season tickets (for playoff games you will have to pay for the tickets – SCHSL Rules – but you will sit in your regular seat) , a reserved parking spot for the Century Club lot directly in front of KC Hanna Stadium. You will also receive two athletic passes, which allow you to attend all other regular season (NOT PLAYOFF) athletic contests (excluding varsity football) free of charge… As a Century Club member you may also purchase additional reserved seats football season tickets for $30 per seat… For those fans that enjoy tailgating before to each football game, The Century Club will continue offering the Touchdown Tailgate Zone… The Touchdown Tailgate Zone membership includes all of the privileges of a regular Century Club membership PLUS an additional reserved parking space and an area for you, your family, and friends to tailgate prior to each Raider home football game. The cost of the Touchdown Tailgate Zone is just an additional $50. Spaces are limited so act fast… For an application and mailing instructions, click here… For questions or more information contact Jim Iacuone at 681-3630 or
  • Laurens City Parks and Recreation Fall Ball… Registration is now open for fall baseball through the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation offices… There are 2 categories available… Coaches Pitch for Ages 6-8 and Kids Pitch for ages 9-11… Cost is $40… Registration is at their offices The Ridge located at 301 Exchange Drive and registration will close August 31st… For more information call 681-7275 or visit
  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club has a full set of meetings scheduled to help celebrate high school football in Laurens County… The Club meets every other Friday at The Ridge with the meetings starting at noon… For more information about the TD Club including schedule, how to join and videos of the past meetings click here… The next meeting will be Friday, September 7th when the featured speaker will be Shell Dula, Executive Director of the SC Athletic Coaches Assoc.
  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude about 8:00 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through at least the end of August
  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… The current sports you can sign up for now are fall soccer and flag football… Early registration ended August 10th but you can still register until August 27th it will just cost you a little more to do so.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: or text me at 864-981-3470.