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Wildcats rout Bulldogs in season finale

Laney 47, Harlem 6

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HARLEM — Lemuel Lackey and his Laney team came into Friday night with a playoff berth and first-round home game sewn up.

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Still, the Wildcats head coach stressed keeping a positive mind-set going into the regular-season finale.

After some early sluggishness, the Wildcats maintained their late-season momentum with an offensive burst in a dominant 47-6 victory at Region 3-AA foe Harlem.

“I think the biggest thing behind a game like this is not to lose your focus on what you do,” Lackey said. “We were just trying to get through tonight. We missed some spots, but that’s football. … Once we got rolling, we did what we do.”

It was the fourth consecutive win for Laney (7-3, 5-1), whose playoff opponent was yet to be determined.

Senior George Myers had a memorable final regular season game, rushing for 159 yards.

He got things going for the Wildcats with a 7-yard touchdown run on the first offensive possession.

Harlem (2-8, 1-5) countered with a 5-yard scoring run by sophomore Dontel Frails after a pair of 15-yard penalties by Laney.

However, Myers made sure that momentum was short-lived. The back returned an interception 66 yards for a score.

Later, in the second quarter, he showed off his speed on runs of 68 and 55 yards.

The first went for a touchdown, while the second advanced the ball to the Harlem 1, setting up Myers’ third rushing score.

Deondre Walker and DeMarcus Nunnally added touchdown runs of 9 and 48 yards, respectively, to give Laney a 40-6 lead at halftime.

With a running clock after halftime, Laney secured the only score of the second half just 33 seconds in on a 64-yard run by Walker.

The senior carried just five times for 102 yards to go along with Myers’ 159 yards on just nine carries.

The Wildcats averaged more than 13 yards per carry en route to a total of 330 yards.

Harlem ended the game on a high note with an interception of Andre James in the end zone. However, it came on a tough night for the offense.

The Bulldogs totaled just four first downs and 99 offensive yards. Frails had 69 of them on 22 carries.

LANEY 47, HARLEM 6

PLAY OF THE GAME: George Myers starred on offense, but a play on defense was his most impressive. He made an over-the-shoulder interception, then showed off his breakaway speed on a 66-yard return for touchdown.

STAR OF THE GAME: Myers had 159 rushing yards on nine carries, scoring three touchdowns to go along with his defensive score.

WHY LANEY WON: Once the Wildcats runners hit the second level of the defense, they couldn’t be stopped. They averaged more than 13 yards a carry.

WHY HARLEM LOST: The Bulldogs showed some fight early, but they couldn’t sustain their offense after an early touchdown.

NEXT: Laney at home in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs, Friday.

Laney 47, Harlem 6

Laney 14 26 7 0 – 47

Harlem 6 0 0 0 – 6

First Quarter

L–George Myers 7 run (KaDarius Wright kick), 8:11

H–Dontel Frails 5 run (pass failed), 5:24

L–Myers 66 interception return (Wright kick), 1:30

Second Quarter

L–Deondre Walker 9 run (kick failed), 10:50

L–Myers 68 run (Wright kick), 5:27

L–DeMarcus Nunnally 48 run (kick failed), 2:30

L–Myers 1 run (Wright kick), 0:33

Third Quarter

L–Walker 64 run (Wright kick), 11:27

 LH
First Downs114
Rushes-Yards25-33036-99
Passing Yards170
Comp.-Att.-Int.3-7-10-2-1
Fumbles-Lost1-01-1
Punts-Yards1-34.04-28.0
Penalties-Yards9-8511-107

Penalties-Yards 9-85 11-107

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Laney: Myers 9-159, Walker 5-102, Nunnally 3-48, Andre James 4-18, Joshua Clark 4-3. Harlem: Frails 22-69, Austin Burt 9-28, Trey Price 2-2, Cameron Brown 1-2, Austin Ledoux 2-MINUS 2.

PASSING–Laney: James 3-7-1 17. Harlem: Price 0-2-1 0.

RECEIVING–Laney: Danye Washington 2-11, Vicente Thompkins 1-6.


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