A change in starting quarterbacks brought about a change in the fortunes for the Laurens football team – at least when it came to playing its county rival.
Quinn Suber got his first start at quarterback and proceeded to rush for 200 yards and two long touchdowns, while Rodrick Talley rushed for 90 yards and two scores, as the Raiders pounded Clinton 46-16 at Wilder Stadium on Friday night.
The victory is the first for Laurens in the series since 2008, when the Raiders advanced to the Class AAAA upper-state championship game.
While duplicating that goal is a long way off, the Raiders (2-1) certainly will take satisfaction in ending a three-game losing streak in the series.
Suber scored his first touchdown on Laurens’ second series, taking a sweep to the right side before scampering down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown that put Laurens ahead 7-0 with 7 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first quarter.
His second touchdown was even bigger for Laurens.
One play after a 27-yard scoring run by Lavadrick Glenn brought the Red Devils to within five, 13-8, at the start of the second half, Suber went down the left sideline for a 69-yard touchdown run that put Laurens ahead for good.
Suber and Talley provided a strong one-two punch in the backfield, one that kept Clinton (1-2) guessing all night on defense.
“We felt like with Quinn back there, the thing we thought we could do is we have two backs in the backfield,” Laurens coach Greg Lawson said. “Now everybody can’t key on Talley.”
Glenn rushed for 154 yards for Clinton. The Red Devils lost two fumbles that Laurens turned into 12 points.
“They made the plays tonight. We didn’t,” Clinton coach Scott King said.
Laurens hosts Woodruff next week, and Clinton (1-2) heads to Class AAAA No. 1-ranked Byrnes.