Sports Report for Friday, 9-29-2023

Sports Talk Media Network Morning Sportscast and Sports Talk Media High School Football Recap… To listen to these bonus sports broadcast, click here to go to the Between the Lines posting where the latest of these can be heard.


Local Notes

Varsity Football Games Involving County Schools Tonight… All games start at 7:30

  • Thornwell at Greenville Hurricanes … The Thornwell Saints (1-4) will board the bus tonight and travel up to Travelers Rest to take on the Greenville Hurricanes… The Hurricanes is a team that has been around for several years and its players are mainly home-schooled students from the greater Greenville area… They are 3-2 on the season and are averaging 34.8 points per game and giving up 15 points per game (Thornwell: 5 / 44.6)… If you would like to see their schedule and results, click here… They play at Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest which is located at 235 Trailblazer Drive… Off to your left before you get into Travelers Rest proper.


  • Faith Christian at Laurens Academy… The 2-4 Crusader will be hosting the 4-2 Faith Christian Knights out of Summerville tonight… The two teams have played two common opponents with similar results… The Knights defeated Newberry Academy by a score 58-0 while the Crusades defeated them 52-6… Both teams lost to Jefferson Davis the Knights by a score of 56-18 while the Crusader lost to them by a score pf 54-8… The Knights are averaging 31 points per game while giving up 23.5 points per game… The Crusaders are averaging 22.6 points per game and giving up 32 points per game… If you wish to see the Knights schedule and results, click here.


  • Union County at Clinton… The Red Devils start region play tonight hosting the Yellow Jackets of Union County… Union comes into the game with a 1-5 record with their only win being a 20-17 come from behind win over the Laurens Raiders at home where they scored the winning points in the last 1:30 of the game… The Red Devils and the Yellow Jackets have had 2 common opponents… The Yellow Jackets defeated the Laurens Raiders 20-17 while the Red Devils defeated the Raiders 49-7… The Yellow Jackets lost to Chapman 57-14 while the Red Devils lost to Chapman 22-21… Union is averaging 18.2 points per game while giving up 47.3 points per game… The Red Devils are averaging 37.5 points per game while giving up 18.5… If you would like to see the Yellow Jackets season schedule and results, click here.


  • Greer at Laurens… The Laurens Raiders also start their region schedule tonight as they host the Greer Yellow Jackets and its Homecoming for the Raiders… Greer comes into the game with a 1-5 record having defeated Blue Ridge 51-0 and losing to some quality opponents… The Raiders and the Yellow Jackets have both played Hillcrest this season with the Yellow Jackets losing to the Rams by a score of 41-20 while the Raiders lost 55-9… Greer is averaging 26.7 points per game while giving up 37.5 points per game… The Raiders are averaging 10.5 points per game and giving up an average of 44.8… If you would like to see the Greer schedule and results click here… As usual, we are planning on brining you the game here on Real Radio WLBG and streaming live on the internet at… We will start our coverage of the game with the Friday Night Insiders shortly after 6:00 pm and live to KC Hanna Stadium about 6:40 pm.

JV Football Results From Last Night… Sorry no details other than what you see below.

  • Clinton 48 – Union County 8… The Red Devil football team took a 48-8 win over Union County at Union last night… The Red Devils remain undefeated on the season.
  • Laurens 21 – Greer 20… The Raider JV team traveled to Greer last night and I imagine the ride home was a happy one as the Raiders took a hard-fought 21-20 win over the Yellow Jackets for their second win of the season.

Middle School Football Results from Last Night…  On most of the games all I have is just the final score and if I get any details, I will pass them on to you later.

  • Laurens Middle School 30 – Christ Church 20… This game was played at Christ Church and the Tigers trailed the Cavaliers 12-0 at the half and came back to take the win.
  • Sanders 54 – Hickory Tavern 6… This game was played on the field behind LMS
  • Whitmire at Ware Shoals … No score reported.
  • Wardlaw 44 – Laurens Academy 14… This game was played at Todd Kirk Field
  • Gray Court-Owings 44 – Thornwell 6… The GCO Tigers took a 44-6 win over the Thornwell Saints yesterday up at GCO… The Saints had the ball first and fumbled at about their own 20 and the Tigers recovered it… AJ Mumford then carried it to the house with only 58 seconds off the clock and it was all pretty much all Tigers after that…In addition to Mumford’s rushing TD, other Tigers who scored on the ground were Kaleb Gilchrist, Zaylen Washington, Isai Fernandez and Elijah Cheeks… Cheeks also completed a TD pass to Z. Washington for another score… The Saints only TD came near the end of the 1st quarter when Elijah Anderson completed a 63 yd. scoring pass to Brian Veal.

Laurens HS

  • Homecoming Reminders… The Raider athletic site has a posting where they want to remind fans of a few things concerning the Raider game with Greer at KC Hanna… If you click here, it will carry you to the website where those friendly reminders are posted that will help make you experience at KC Hanna Stadium pleasant.


High School Football Scores, Schedules and Standings

  • Thanks to you can now see last weekend’s scores for all games by classification on Saturday or Sunday and possibly Monday… After that you will see the weeks schedule by classification… You can also see the standings in each region by classification… To see this information, click here.

Broadcast Schedule: Below is a list of dates, times and teams that we plan on broadcasting live on Real Radio WLBG… And as usual you can hear it live on 860AM, 104.1 FM and the internet at… If it is a varsity football game, coverage will begin about 6:05 pm with the Friday Night Insiders program.

  • Friday, 9-29-23: Greer at Laurens at 7:30


Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time.

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity football schedule click here… To see the varsity & middle school volleyball schedules click here… To see the middle school football schedule click here.
  • Thornwell:  To see the Thornwell football schedule click here… To see the volleyball schedule click here… To see the cross country schedule click here.
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar, click here.

College Sports:

  • College Football Scores and Upcoming Games by WeeksFor those of you college football fans who are looking for a quick way to find scores for each week of the college football season and upcoming games listed by each week, I have made it easy for you… Just click hereThis link will carry you to the NCAA website where college football game and scores are listed week by week… Once you get there, there are numerous ways you can filter the schedules and results on the site… You can filter by week, by paying division (FBS, FCS, DII and DII as well as by week, conference and other ways… I use it a lot and hope you will enjoy using it!


  • FBS AP RankingsThe latest AP Ranking (9-24-23) for the FBS Division still has Georgia at #1 and Michigan #2 followed by Texas, Ohio State and Florida State rounding out the top 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Penn State, Washington, Washington, Oregon and Utah… To see the entire top 25 click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… The latest FCS Coaches Poll (9-24-23) for college football still has South Dakota State and North Dakota State listed as 1 & 2 in that order… The only team from South Carolina in the top 25 is Furman who is still listed at #7…To see the entire top 25 in the Coaches Poll click here.

Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores. 

 Atlanta Braves

  • Braves 5– Cubs 3… The Braves pulled the brooms out of the equipment closet last night as they took a 5-3 win over the Cubs in Atlanta thus sweeping the 3-game series… .Both teams had 6 hits but I must be honest and tell you that in this game as in the previous two games, the Cubs defense helped the Braves as they made two errors which helped the Braves… Matt Olson who is from the Atlanta area and grew up watching and rooting for the Braves, hit his 54th homer (which leads MLB) of the season in the first inning… It was a 2-run homer that gave him a total of 136 RBIs on the season which broke the franchise record of 135 set by Eddie Matthews in 1953 in a 154-game season… The win also gives the Braves a 103-56 record with three games left to play in the season which insured the fact they will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs… The Braves will start a 3-game series in Atlanta tonight with the Washington Nationals which will be the last 3 games of the regular season.
  • Braves ScheduleIf you would like to see the Braves schedule and results after the games are finished, click here… Where the games can be seen on TV as well as start times and other information is available there also.
  • MLB StandingsIf you would like to check on the standings for both the American and National Leagues, click here.


  • William Byron Wins at Texas Motor SpeedwayWilliam Byron took the lead on a restart with 6 laps to go Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway and then held on for the victory holding off Ross Chastain who finished second…Click here for more information on the race.
  • Playoff StandingsWilliam Byron continues to lead in the Chase for the Cup but Denny Hamlin has moved up to second replacing Martin Truex Jr. who was second place last week but drops to #5 this week… To see the complete standings for the playoffs, click here.
  • NASCAR on TV This Week… The Cup Series Race will take place at the Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday at 2:00 pm…  There will be TV viewing this week of past races, practices, qualifying and other items on TV… To see the TV schedule, click here.
  • Schedule… To see the NASCAR season schedule and results for completed races click here… Once there you can filter by the month and the series that you want to check on.

This & That:

  • Laurens County TD Next Meeting October 5th… The Laurens County Touchdown Club kicked off the 2023 season on Thursday, August 24th… The club meets bi-weekly at The Ridge (City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters) at noon for a lunch… Each week the high school coaches will talk about their recent games and upcoming opponents… After the first meeting, there will also be quest speakers… To see a list of who those speakers are scheduled to be for each meeting click here… The TD Club will close out its season on Wednesday, December 6th with its Post Season Awards Banquet… For more information on how to join the club or become a sponsor click here… To go to another part of our website where links to videos of this seasons past meetings, click here… See you there!


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