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North Augusta rolls past Laurens in opening round of playoffs

North Augusta 42, Laurens 11

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NORTH AUGUSTA — Five years ago, North Augusta was ousted from the playoffs quickly, and with little effort by Laurens. The tables were turned Friday night – and in similar fashion.

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North Augusta's Dre Dunbar can't haul in a pass in the end zone while being defended by Laurens' Zed Anderson.  RYAN WEHMEYER/STAFF
RYAN WEHMEYER/STAFF
North Augusta's Dre Dunbar can't haul in a pass in the end zone while being defended by Laurens' Zed Anderson.

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The Yellow Jackets rolled past the Raiders 42-11 in the first round of the Class AAAA Division II playoffs.

Laurens routed North Augusta 30-0 in the first round of the 2008 playoffs en route to a semifinals appearance.

Five years later, a region-champion Yellow Jackets team with just one close loss on the season cruised in the first round against the Raiders.

“It’s the playoffs, so it’s time to pick up the pace,” said Yellow Jackets running back Willie McCloud, who had three touchdowns on the ground. “The teams are getting faster, and we have to keep up the pace. We have some good pieces on this team.”

North Augusta (11-1, 4-1 Region 5-AAAA) will play host to Beaufort in the second round Friday.

North Augusta benefited from the connection between Trib Reece and Keyon West throughout the game. The two hooked up nine times as West totaled 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Reece recorded 204 passing yards and two touchdowns for a Yellow Jackets offense that had 381 total yards.

McCloud collected 149 yards to go with his three touchdowns on the ground.

“(McCloud) did a good job staying inside the blocks,” coach Dan Pippin said. “He was good tonight. He did what he was supposed to do.”

North Augusta scored twice in the first quarter on touchdown runs by McCloud and Ronald Williams, while Laurens managed a field goal midway through the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets built a comfortable lead in the second with three scores, two between Reece and West. McCloud also scored his second touchdown, giving them a 32-point lead at halftime.

Laurens (6-6, 5-2 Region 1-AAAA) used a two-quarterback offense between Toby Jackson and Quin Suber and, along with Hammer Walker, the three totaled 235 passing yards. But North Augusta held the Raiders to just 88 rushing yards and intercepted the ball five times.

“The defense played well,” Pippin said. “Suber is a good player for them, but we contained them for the most part. We caught some breaks.”

NORTH AUGUSTA 42, LAURENS 11

PLAY OF THE GAME: North Augusta’s Trib Reece found Keyon West on an 85-yard touchdown pass with 2:45 left in the second quarter.

STAR OF THE GAME: The Yellow Jackets’ Willie McCloud had 149 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

WHY NORTH AUGUSTA WON: Reece, West and McCloud rolled up yardage with ease as the Yellow Jackets built a large first-half lead.

WHY LAURENS LOST: The Raiders couldn’t find the end zone early and failed to keep up.

NEXT: Beaufort at North Augusta, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Class AAAA Division II playoffs, second round.

NORTH AUGUSTA 42, LAURENS 11

Laurens 3 0 8 0 – 11

North Augusta 14 21 7 0 – 42

First Quarter

NA–Ronald Williams 7 run (Blake Busby kick), 9:35

L–Rene Reynoso 23 field goal, 7:01

NA–Willie McCloud 6 run (Busby kick), 5:38

Second Quarter

NA–McCloud 15 run (Busby kick), 4:35

NA–Keyon West 85 pass from Trib Reece (Busby kick), 2:45

NA–West 20 pass from Reece (Busby kick), 0:42

Third Quarter

L–Quin Suber 60 pass from Hammer Walker (Quay Bunch pass from Kevin Dean), 9:57

NA–McCloud 23 run (Busby kick), 3:43

 LNA
First Downs2020
Rushes-Yards28-8833-177
Passing Yards235204
Comp.-Att.-Int.16-37-516-24-0
Fumbles-Lost2-11-0
Punts-Yards4-355-45
Penalties-Yards9-906-75

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Laurens: Quin Suber 13-36, Toby Jackson 5-14, Chris McDowell 4-11, Devon Woodruff 5-26, Laeric Martin 1-1. North Augusta: Willie McCloud 23-149, Ronald Williams 3-10, Dashawn Barnes 5-18, Trib Reece 2-0.

PASSING–Laurens: Jackson 11-23-1 138, Walker 1-1 60, Suber 4-13-4 37. North Augusta: Reece 16-24 204.

RECEIVING–Laurens: Quay Bunch 6-86, Hammer Walker 3-22, P.J. Tims 3-14, Suber 4-113. North Augusta: Keyon West 9-147, Antaun Andrews 3-20, Dre Dunbar 2-11, McCloud 1-18, Jaleel Bryant 1-8.


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