Originally created 10/30/04

Wildcats tame Tigers' attack



Even the school's walking football historians, as Laney coach Eric Parker calls them, had no answer for him.

Despite doing a little poking around this week, Parker couldn't come up with the year of the Wildcats' last outright region championship.

"I think it was at least 20 years ago," Parker said. "I think."

Well, coach, write this down for future generations. The new answer to the trivia question is 2004.

Laney defeated Greene County, 33-20, at ARC Stadium to nail down the Region 7-AA title outright - the school's first in ... awhile.

"This is big for us. This is big," Parker said. "We've done a lot here, but this is something we haven't done."

"We wanted this just for us. No sharing," said senior tailback Wayne Canty, who rushed for 87 yards and scored three touchdowns.

The first came on a 73-yard kickoff return to open the game.

"That's momentum right there, man," Canty said.

Greene County coach Larry Milligan said he didn't know where to angle the kick - to Canty or speedster Robert Dunn.

"All I know is they've got about three guys back there that can go the distance on you like that," Milligan said. "Pick your poison."

The kickoff return was an aberration in Parker's mind. This was more about grinding it out against a gritty Greene County team.

"We just plugged away and plugged away against a good football team," Parker said.

But he did admit his Wildcats did look dominating at times.

Late in the first half, with the game tied at 7, Laney had done little offensively.

Suddenly, the Wildcats came to life when Davin Larmond hauled in a 34-yard bomb from Dominique Walker to get to the Tigers' 45.

Canty picked up 30 yards around right end on the next play.

Walker scrambled into the end zone from 15 yards out on the next play.

The score gave Laney a halftime lead and some momentum heading toward the final half.

"We've got some big-play ability," Parker said. "It got us jumpstarted."

Whatever part of the team wasn't ignited was put into gear when Greene County fumbled on a toss on its own 26-yard line.

The Tigers hurt themselves with two turnovers and numerous dropped passes, two that might have gone for touchdowns.

Wildcats lineman LaDarrien Redfield pounced on the fumble, and Canty scored from 3 yards out four plays later.

After an interception return for a score cut Laney's lead to six, the Wildcats responded with a seven-play, 54-yard drive that ended with Canty's third touchdown of the game.

Reach Travis Haney at (706) 823-3304 or travis.haney@augustachronicle.com