Sports Report for Monday, 9-11-2023

Sports Talk Media Network Morning Sportscast… For those of you who listen to WLBG each weeknight between 6:00 and 8:00 pm you know that we carry Sports Talk each evening… They are now offering a Morning Sportscast each weekday morning done by the same folks… If you would like to listen to that click on the date9-7-23 below you would like to listen to… Enjoy

Sports Talk Media High School Football Recap… Each week during the high school football season Sports Talk Media Network does a recap of high school football in the South Carolina… It is about 10 minute long… They have made that recap available to WLBG and I will make it available for you to listen to… Click on the week below to hear it… Enjoy!

Varsity Football Games Around the Area Last Friday

  • McCormick 53 – Thornwell 0… The Saints traveled down to McCormick last Friday night and the trip back most likely seemed longer that the one going down as the Chiefs rolled to a 53-0 win after leading 37-0 at the half… The Saints were outmanned by the strong and physical Chiefs as they had a 14 yds. passing and only 44yds. rushing for a total of 58 yds. of offense…. To see a further breakdown of the Saint stats click here… The Saints will have their home opener this Friday night as they host Clear Dot Charter out of Columbia.


  • Laurens Academy 36 – Oakbrook Prep 34… The Laurens Academy Crusaders found themselves doe 14-8 to the Oakbrook Prep Knights at the end of the first quarter and tied 22-22 at the half… The score was tied 28-28 at the start of the 4th quarter but the Crusaders outscored the Knights in the 4th quarter 12-6 to take a 36-34 win… Now I cannot tell you the order in which the Crusader scores occurred but I can tell you the Crusader quarterback Ethan Collins completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 283 yds. and completed 3 TD passes… Buddy Baker was on the receiving end of 2 of those TD passes and Nathan Bell the other… The Crusaders had 183 yds. rushing with Jarred Willard and Garrett Murphy both having a rushing TD each… Buddy Baker had a two-point conversion while Garrett Murphy had two… All were on passes from Ethan Collins… To see more stats on the Crusaders in this game click here… The Crusaders are now 2-2 on the season and will travel to Wardlaw Friday night to take on the Patriots.


  • Clinton 63 – Aiken 6… The 3-0 Red Devils defeated the Aiken Green Hornets at home last Friday night by a score of 63-6 to run their record to 4-0… As you might expect, the Red Devils dominated every statistical category you would want to be ahead in and had 445 yds. of total offense to Aiken’s 189… The Red Devils had 287 yds. rushing and scored 5 rushing TDs… Zane McClendon had 2 rushing TDs while DJ Clark, Kendarious Copeland and Kadon Crawford each getting a rushing TD…Tyshuwan Richardson completed 8 of 10 passes for 183 yards with 3 TD passes…Kadon Crawford, Zay Johnston and MJ Henderson caught a TD pass… Zay Johnston also had a 68 yd. kickoff return for a TD and the Red Devils caught a Hornet in the endzone for a safety while the defense recovered 2 Aiken fumbles… To see the complete stat package as well as a play by play accounting of the game click here…The Red Devils host the Chapman Panthers this Friday night.


  • Chapman 48 – Raiders 3… The Raiders are on the road for the first time this season and they fell to the Chapman Panthers by a score of 48-3… Chapman won the coin toss, so Laurens got the ball first… The Raiders drove down the field and scored on a 36 yd. field goal by Brock Franklin… The Panthers scored at the end of their first possession to make it 7-3 and the Raiders were never able to score again… The Panthers had 245 yds. rushing to the Raiders 120… They also had 247 yds. passing to the Raiders 36… The Panthers had 2 rushing TDs and 5 passing… To see the stats on the game, scoring plays and a play-by-play accounting of the game click here… The Raiders will travel to Union County to take on the Yellow Jackets this Friday night.

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, 9-15-23: Laurens varsity football at Union County 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:

  • FBS AP RankingsThe latest AP Ranking (9-5-23) for the FBS Division still has Georgia at #1 and Michigan #2… Alabama moves up a spot to # 3 and Florida State goers from #8 to #4… Ohio State rounds out the top 5… Clemson drops from #9 all the way to #25… To see the entire top 25 click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… The latest FCS Coaches Poll (9-5-23) for college football 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 #6… 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… The Braves hosted the Pirates over the weekend in a three-game series at Tourist Park

  • Friday: Braves 8 – Pirates 2… The Braves opened the series taking an 8-2 win over the Pirates… They simply outhit the Pirates 12-6… Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to make a strong case for him being named this year’s MVP as he went 3 for 4 driving in 2 runs and one of the runs he drove came on his 35th homer of the season a solo shot in the 4th inning…Eddie Rosario (21) had a two-run homer in the 4th inning.
  • Saturday: Pirates 8 – Braves 4… On Saturday the Pirates turned the tables taking an 8-4 win over the Braves…The Pirates out hit the Braves 14-12 and out homered the Braves 2-1… Matt Olson hit his 48th homer of the season a solo shot in the 7th inning… Before the game the Braves retired Andruw Jones jersey number… Do you remember what it was?  It was #25.
  • Sunday 5 – Pirates 2… Sunday the Braves proved they can win a game without hitting a homerun as they took a 5-2 win over the Pirates and all the Brave hits were singles… Both teams had 7 hits in the game and the Braves were aided by 4 Pirate errors… The Braves have now clinched at least a wild car4d spot in the payoff and are just 7 games from clinching their division…. The Braves will play 4 games in Philadelphia in the next 3 days playing a doubleheader on Tuesday to make up a rained out game earlier in the 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.

Greenville Drive.

  • Drive Swept… The Drive concluded their regular season over the weekend up in Aberdeen, Maryland playing the Iron Birds… The news is not good as the Iron Birds won all 3 games over the weekend thus sweeping the 6-game series with the Drive… To see details on the games click on the following scores: Friday: Birds 3 – Drive 0, Saturday: Birds 7 – Drive3, and Sunday Birds 4 – Drive 3.
  • Drive Schedule… To see the Drive’s schedule, click here.
  • Standings… To see the standings for the South Atlantic League both the North and South Divisions, click here.

This & That:

  • Laurens County TD Next Meeting September 21st … 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… See you there!


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