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Laney's defense improved to ensure win

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Laney’s defense was at its strongest when East Laurens was most desperate.

East Laurens' J-maan Bostic (left) and Laney linebacker Tre'Veon Hicks reach for the ball after Bostic fumbled it during the first half. The Wildcats got the win Friday night.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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East Laurens' J-maan Bostic (left) and Laney linebacker Tre'Veon Hicks reach for the ball after Bostic fumbled it during the first half. The Wildcats got the win Friday night.

The Wildcats were up 14 with about 10 minutes to play in a 26-12 win, and though the Falcons’ rushing game was strong all night, Laney toughened up before the ball crossed midfield. The Wildcats forced a punt on one drive and, on East Laurens’ last possession, perfectly defended passes late.

Needing two touchdowns to tie, the Falcons got no farther than Laney’s 30 on either of the last two drives.

“They came on,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “That was good. They gave us the extra we needed at the end.”

WELCOME BACK: North Augusta’s trip to South Aiken on Friday night wasn’t just a homecoming for coach Dan Pippin.

It was one for Robbie Morgan and his father, Robert, too.

The elder Morgan has coached alongside Pippin since he began at South Aiken in 2000, and he is coaching North Augusta’s running backs this year.

The Morgan family moved to North Augusta when Robbie was in the sixth grade. That coincides with Pippin’s move to North Augusta in 2006.

Now a senior defensive back for the Yellow Jackets, Robbie Morgan made a play to remember in North Augusta’s 42-14 romp over the Thoroughbreds.

He intercepted a Bo Baldwin pass and returned it 80 yards for the score.

“It was a good read by Kris
Howard
,” Morgan said. “He got a tip on the ball and I just caught it and I ran it back.”

IN THE NAME OF PRIDE: After his team’s 26-12 win over Heathwood Hall, Augusta Christian coach Keith Walton told his players to hydrate well over the weekend.

When Monday rolls around, the Lions (9-0) will do plenty of running because of their eight called penalties and several others that were offset.

There’s another reason he’s trying to get his team’s attention. After wrapping up the region title and clinching a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs, Augusta Christian will look to close out the regular season with a 10-0 record for the first time in school history when it plays at Orangeburg Prep on Friday.

“The one thing I’m concerned with is the fact they realize there’s nothing to play for next week,” Walton said. “There’s nothing really on this game, except history. They can leave a legacy, do something that’s never been done before.”

Staff writers John Boyette and Chris Gay contributed to this story.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: DeVonte Pressley, North Augusta, 244 yards in 42-14 win over South Aiken.

PASSING: Santo Nina, Glenn Hills, 271 yards in 68-20 loss to Burke County.

RECEIVING: Earlmonquez Cobb, Glenn Hills, 161 yards in 68-20 loss to Burke County.


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