It was the first home playoff game for the Laurens football team in four years.
It was a complete dud.
Laurens was held to 112 yards total offense by York, which got three rushing touchdowns from Ryan Moore and four passing touchdowns from Spencer Carroll, and the No. 10 seed in the Class AAAA Division II, playoffs blew away the seventh-seeded Raiders 56-0 on Friday night at a cold and silent K.C. Hanna Stadium.
Laurens wrapped the season at 8-4, losing its last two games, while York improved to 10-2.
“We talked about they’re the best 9-2 team we’d ever faced. After seeing them in person, watching them play, executing their offense and defense, there’s no doubt,” Laurens coach Greg Lawson said. “They got after it.”
York struggled on its first series, being forced into a punt, but scored for the first time when Moore, who rushed for 130 yards on 15 carries, took a handoff to the left side and rushed for a 54-yard touchdown. The Cougars added a second touchdown with 1 minute, 1 second left in the first when Moore again scored, this time on a 2-yard run.
From there, York simply put its game into overdrive. The Cougars, who had 381 yards total offense, scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter – an 11-yard rush by Moore and a 10-yard pass by Carroll – before picking up four touchdowns in the third quarter.
Laurens running back Rodrick Talley was held to 44 yards in his final high school game, while quarterback Dusty Palmer went 4-for-7 passing in the second half for 55 yards.