Laney beats East Laurens in key Region 3-AA contest

Laney 26, East Laurens 12

Laney is catching up in the region football race.


With a big-play rushing attack and late stands on defense, the Wildcats handed East Laurens its first region loss in a 26-12 decision Friday night at Laney.

“It gets us in position for the playoffs,” Wildcats coach Lemuel Lackey said of the win.

The Wildcats (4-3 overall, 2-1 Region 3-AA) rushed for more than 300 yards. George Myers, DeMarcus Nunnally, Jeremy Smith and DeAndre Walker each ran for more than 40 yards; Myers’ 120-yard tally led the pack.

The four combined for 11 runs of at least 10 yards.

Nunnally and Smith closed drives twice, and Smith came around for the handoff from Myers two times for 32- and 17-yard touchdown runs.

The Falcons’ rushers also had a strong game, with Taye Brantley and Co. churning out tough yards.

The difference was Laney’s defensive comeback.

After Smith’s second score made it 26-12 with 10:02 to go in the game, Laney’s defense stood up.

It looked like East Laurens (5-3, 3-1) was gaining steam by picking up 5 yards at a time, but a perfect read on a run led to a huge loss as the Wildcats eventually forced a punt.

The Falcons threatened again with 2:20 remaining. Though they moved the ball into Laney territory, the Wildcats defense broke up passes and held again.

In the second quarter, East Laurens led 6-0, but both teams had issues before halftime. In the first quarter, East Laurens lost two fumbles; Laney lost one and had some poor snaps.

However, Laney got long runs to take the lead away from East Laurens.

Myers was the leader, as he got a handoff and broke free down the sideline for a 33-yard burst. Nunnally followed from 22 yards out to earn his second touchdown and give his team a 14-6 lead.

Laney never lost the advantage as Smith scored twice and the Wildcats improved to 5-0 in the series.

“It was just about finding space and using my speed,” Smith said regarding his touchdowns.


PLAY OF THE GAME: In a 6-6 game, Laney’s George Myers raced down the sideline for a long run to set up the Wildcats’ second score.

STAR OF THE GAME: Myers rushed for more than 100 yards in the win.

WHY LANEY WON: The Wildcats were tough to stop on the ground and made improvements on defense late.

WHY EAST LAURENS LOST: The Falcons couldn’t contain Laney’s rushers.

NEXT: Laney at Josey, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Screven County at East Laurens, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Laney 26, East Laurens 12

East Laurens 0 6 6 0 – 12

Laney 0 14 6 6 – 26

Second Quarter

EL-Kato Manner 3 run (kick missed), 6:54

L-DeMarcus Nunnally 8 run (kick missed), 4:07

L-Nunnally 22 run (Andre James run), 0:52

Third Quarter

EL-Taye Brantley 22 run (run failed), 4:05

L-Jeremy Smith 32 run (run failed), 1:05

Fourth Quarter

L-Smith 17 run (kick missed), 10:02

First Downs1715
Passing Yards4518


RUSHING–EL: Brantley 23-91, Manner 14-61, Terrell Roberson 7-30, Ben Jackson 2-7, Tanner Free 4-5, J-maan Bostic 1-0; L: George Myers 21-120, Nunnally 8-89, DeAndre Walker 7-50, Smith 4-43.

PASSING–EL: Roberson 3-11-0 45, Free 0-1-1 0; L: Myers 2-2-0 18, Andre James 0-1-1 0.

RECEIVING–EL: Free 2-37, Manner 1-8; L: Nunnally 2-18.



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