Sports Report for Monday, 11-6-2023

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

Area Varsity Football Games Results From Last Friday

  • Holly Hill 69 – Laurens Academy 22…  The Crusaders traveled down to Holly Hill to take on the Raiders last Friday night and the Raiders led 62-8 at the half and then went on to take a 69-22 win over the Crusaders… The Raiders came into the game as the defending 3-time SCISA 8-Man Champion and they showed why they are ranked #1 in 8-Man football again this season… The Crusaders had 267 yds. of total offense with 195 of them coming through the air…  Jared Willard completed 16 of 36 passes for those yards and threw 3 TDs… I’ll try to find out who they were to today… Caleb Hardy caught 5 passes for 108 yds. and Nathan Bell was the leading rusher with 9 carries for 47 yds… For more stats on the game click here… The Crusaders finish the season with a 3-8 record under first year head coach Jolly Doolittle.

 

  • Clinton 42 – Palmetto 18… The Red Devils overcame a slow start last Friday night as they trailed 6-0 early and only led 14-12 at the half to go on to take a 42-18 win over the Palmetto Mustangs at Wilder Stadium… The Red Devils finished the game with 400 total yards of offense while the Mustangs had 287 yds… Clinton had 279 yds. rushing while the Mustangs had 261 yds. passing… The Mustang quarterback Brook Jansen had 3 TD passes to account for their scoring but he also threw 2 interceptions one to Mikevious Byrd and the other to Keleja Byrd for a forty yd. pick-six in 4th quarter for the Red Devils final TD… In the first half Kadon Crawford scored both the Red Devil TDS one rushing (15 yds.) and the other on a 22 yd. pass from Tushawan Richardson… Richardson had 3 more TD passes in the big second half another one to Kadon Crawford (11 yds.) and two to Zay Johnson 26 and 19 yds. long… Tray Cook was the leading rusher for the Red Devils 79 yds. and DJ Clark was close behind with 77… For complete stats on this game including a play-by-play accounting of the game, click here… The Red Devils will host Broome this Friday night who defeated Seneca 42-35.

 

  • Northwestern 57 – Laurens 0… The Laurens Raiders traveled over to Rock Hill last Friday to take on the 9-1 Northwestern Trojans in first round action of the Class AAAA Playoffs… The Trojans only loss was in their first game of the season where they lost 42-35 to the top ranked school in North Carolina… The Raiders quickly found out that the Trojans were the real deal as they rolled a 22-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and 50 -0 at the half in route to a 57-0 win…  The Raider won the toss and elected to receive and did pick up one first down before punting… The Trojans only took 5 plays to score when their quarterback Finley Polk threw the first of 3 TDS in the game… After that, it was pretty much all Trojans as they rolled up 365 yds. of total offense to the Raiders 21… The Trojans had 234 yds. rushing Zilon Arnold leading their attack with 89 yds. and 2 TDs… Their Shrine Bowl running back Turbo Richards finished with 79 yds. and 1 TD… One bright spot for the Raider is that Javaye Suber had another interception in the 2nd quarter but the Raiders could not cash in on that turnover… The Raiders showed heart and never stopped competing but the Trojans were just too strong a team… Click here to see the basic stats on the game and check back later for more information on the game… The Raider finish the season 2-9 overall and 2-2 in region play (fourth)… Northwestern will host Greenwood this Friday night that avenged an earlier regular season loss to North Augusta by defeating them 17-16 Friday night.

 


Laurens County TD Club… The Laurens County Touchdown Club met last Thursday at noon at The Ridge… In addition to the local coaches talking about recent games and upcoming playoff games, the featured speaker will be former Clemson University and Pittsburgh Steeler great Levon Kirkland.  Kirkland currently is the Vice President of Development for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame… If you check back tomorrow you will find a video of the meeting including all of his comments… Brett Young and Tushawan Richardson were also honored as the club’s two most recent Players of the Week… They are pictured here with Mr. Kirkland, congratulations to them!

 


High School Football Scores, Schedules and Standings

  • Thanks to scfootballstats.com 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.

 Sports Talk High School Football Recap

  • To hear a recap of playoff football games around the state last weekend produced by Sports Talk Media, click here.

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 and middle school boys’ basketball l schedule click here… To see the varsity & middle school girls’ basketball 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 (10-29-23) for the FBS Division still has Georgia at #1 followed by Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State and Washington in the top 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Penn State and Oklahoma which dropped from 6 to 10… To see the entire top 25 click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… The latest FCS Coaches Poll (10-29-23) for college football still has South Dakota State ranked #1 but former #2 Montana State lost and dropped to #8 … That means that Furman moved up a spot and now is #2…To see the entire top 25 in the Coaches Poll click here.
  • College Football Playoff Rankings… Yesterday the first College Football Playoff rankings were released… They are a little different from the AP Rankings… Ohio State comes in at #1 while Georgia comes in at #2… Michigan is #3 and Florida State #4… All four of those schools are undefeated and Washington which is also undefeated checks in at #5… That means that if the season were over and the committee that does the rankings still had theses 4 teams in the same order, Ohio State would take on Florida State in one semifinal game while Georgia and Michigan would battle in the other one… Of course we have a ways to go before the season ends and this is all subject to change… If you want to see the entire top 25 as ranked by the committee, click here.



This & That:

  • Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast… The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast will be Thursday Nov. 9th with the food being served at 5:30… Tickets to this event are $55 each and I hope it is not too late to get your tickets as this event usually sells out early… To find out if tickets are still available I suggest you call Marlene Owing at 864-833-2716 or email her at mowings@laurenscounty.org and do it TODAY… To see the flyer on this event for more information, click here.

 

  • 2023 Laurens YMCA Reindeer Run… The 24th annual Laurens YMCA Reindeer run 5k and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 9th… The cost to register for the 5K is $30 until Nov 19th and $35 after that date…That is also the date you must register by to be guaranteed to get a race shirt… The Fun Run (ages 1-12) cost is $5 and again you must pay for a race shirt separately by Nov.19th in the Fun Run… All proceeds go to support the Youth Scholarship Program and prizes will be awarded for the top two finishers male and female… Discounts for teams are also being offered… For more information call the Y at 984-2626… If you click here it will take you to the YMCA website where there is more information on the Reindeer Run and links to online registration.

 

  • Youth Basketball Registration at The Ridge… Youth basketball registration is now open for boys and girls ages 7-12 for basketball through the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department… There will be both a boys and a girls division… The cost is only $60 and registration will close on Friday, Nov. 17th with skill evaluation on Monday, Nov. 20th… For more information call them at 681-7275 and registration will soon be available online at www.laurensrecreation.com.

 

  • Laurens County TD Next Meeting November 16th… The Laurens County Touchdown Club kicked off the 2023 season on Thursday, November 16th… 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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