Ground game rallies Laney

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Before breaking his team's huddle after the game, Laney head coach Lemuel Lackey credited his players with finishing the drill.

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Laney's James Bing (right) uses a stiff arm to get past Westside's Deion Mims during the Wildcats' 25-14 win Friday night.  Michael Holahan/Staff
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Laney's James Bing (right) uses a stiff arm to get past Westside's Deion Mims during the Wildcats' 25-14 win Friday night.

The Wildcats scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for a 25-14 win at Westside.

"We know it's not over till the fourth quarter ends," Laney senior defensive lineman/right tackle Theodore McNeal said. "That's why we keep fighting till the end."

The Wildcats (6-1) remain in the thick of the Region 3-AA race with their latest victory. Laney overcame a 14-0 first-half deficit with a pair of touchdown runs each from running back Eugene Moore and quarterback Calvin Fuller.

Laney, in a four-receiver shotgun set most of the evening, lit up Westside's six-man defense front.

The Wildcats ran for 302 yards on 39 carries. Moore rushed 12 times for 209 yards, while Fuller added 110 yards on 16 carries.

"I thought we had an opportunity to be more a little more explosive than they were, because they're more a ball-control offense," Lackey said.

"We were just taking advantage of what they were giving us. We ran the ball well."

Moore finished off the Patriots with an 80-yard scamper with 5:53 remaining, staking Laney to an 11-point lead.

"I did the running, but my offensive line set the tone. They made some good blocking," Moore said. "That's who I give all the credit to."

Laney's defensive line played just as well. The Wildcats allowed just 99 rushing yards on 38 carries. Patriots running back Chris Hunter led his team with 83 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns.

Westside senior wide receiver/safety Sanders Commings returned from a broken left leg for his first home game of the season. He recorded a pair of interceptions and also caught six passes for 92 yards.

Westside scored twice off a pair of Laney miscues inside the red zone in the first half.

Early in the first quarter, Laney punter Jaleel Thompkins recovered a bad snap on the 7-yard-line. On the ensuing play, Hunter punched it in.

The Patriots added to their lead after Commings picked off Fuller on the Laney 10.

Five plays later, Hunter scored on a 1-yard run. Aaron Umansky added his second extra point. Westside led 14-0.

Laney responded with a seven-play, 81-yard drive.

With three receivers split wide, Moore took a handoff out of the shotgun and split through the middle to pull the Wildcats within 8.

The Patriots led 14-6 at halftime.

"I thought out guys battled hard," Westside coach Gerald Barnes said. "There were just a couple of things we didn't cover."

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.

LANEY 25, WESTSIDE 14

Laney 0 6 12 7 - 25

Westside 7 7 0 0 - 14

First Quarter

WE-Chris Hunter 7 run (Aaron Umansky kick), 8:38

Second Quarter

WE-Chris Hunter 1 run (Umansky kick), 10:15

LA-Eugene Moore 6 run (kick failed), 7:36

Third Quarter

LA-Calvin Fuller 8 run (pass failed), 8:39

LA-Fuller 4 run (pass failed), :00

Fourth Quarter

LA-Moore 80 run (Edward Palmore kick), 5:53

First Downs LA14 WE13

Rushes-Yards LA39-302 WE38-99

Passing Yards LA30 WE117

Comp.-Att.-Int. LA2-7-2 WE8-23-3

Fumbles-Lost LA1-0 WE1-1

Punts-Yards LA3-24 WE1-43

Penalties-Yards LA9-85 WE5-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Laney: Calvin Fuller 16-110, Eugene Moore 12-209, Leroy Jenkins 5-23, Troy Castleberry 3-2, Kwame Cunningham 1-2, Team 1-(-5), Jaleel Thompkins 1-(-37). Westside: Chris Hunter 26-83, Josh Edmunds 7-10, Kevin D'Aversa 3-6, Deion Mims 2-0.

PASSING- Laney: Calvin Fuller 2-7-2 30. Westside: Josh Edmunds 8-23-3 117.

RECEIVING-Laney: Leroy Jenkins 1-26, James Bing 1-4. Westside: Sanders Commings 6-92, Chris Hunter 1-15, Steven Timmons 1-12.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Laney's Calvin Fuller spun out of a tackle in the backfield, reversed field and scored on an 8-yard run on the Wildcats' opening drive of the second half, pulling Laney within two.


WHY LANEY WON: Offensive line. Against Westside's 6-man front, Laney opened enough holes for the Wildcats to gain 302 yards on 39 carries.


WHY WESTSIDE LOST: Running game. The Patriots ran the ball 38 times for 99 yards. That's not going to cut it against good teams.


STAR OF THE GAME: Eugene Moore. The junior running back ran 12 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns.


WHAT'S NEXT: Westside (3-5) at Josey, 7:30 p.m., Friday. Laney (6-1) plays host to Jefferson County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.


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