LAURENS — The struggles for the Newberry Academy Eagles continued Friday, as they fell to region foe Laurens Academy, 54-30.
The game started with a flurry of scoring, as both teams traded touchdowns. Newberry scored on a short pass from Tyrese Taylor to Landen York to start the game, and then scored on a short run by Daniel Bannister.
The Crusaders of Laurens answered both scores with touchdowns of their own, and with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, the score was 14-12 in favor of Laurens.
A turnover by the Eagles gave Laurens an opportunity that they seized, scoring quickly and raising their lead to 22-12.
Newberry tried to answer and drove deep into Crusader territory before turning the ball over on downs. The Eagles defense came up with turnovers on the next two possessions for Laurens, but the offense could not capitalize.
Laurens added two more scores in the second quarter, pulling away 38-12 at the half. The Crusaders scored on their first drive of the second half, making any comeback attempt more difficult.
The Eagles would score three more times, including their last two possession, but it was not enough.
Taylor finished with 249 yards passing for four touchdowns, and tacked on a team high 81 yards rushing. York had his best game of the year, reeling in 163 yards receiving for three touchdowns.
York also led the defense with 13 tackles. Bannister combined for over 100 yards rushing and receiving and scored twice.
Besides York, other defenders with strong performances included senior Michael Shaw with three fumble recoveries, Jimmy Franklin with several quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery, and Zachary May, who had the second most tackles.
The Eagles travel to Charleston on Friday to face Cathedral Academy.