Laurel falls to Rams, host Glendive Saturday

By: 
CHRIS MCCONNELL
Outlook staff writer
Outlook photo by Chris McConnell. Laurel lines up against Billings Central on Friday at Rocky Mountain College. Fifty mile per hour gusts took away the Locos passing strength and they struggled to advance the ball into Ram territory, falling 9-0. #3 Laurel hosts #6 Dawson County in the the first round of the State A playoffs at Laurel Sports Complex Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Locomotives couldn’t get their offense going on Friday against Billings Central at Rocky Mountain College, falling 9-0 during a brutal windstorm that saw gusts exceed 50 miles per hour.
Laurel only managed 22 yards of offense during the game where punts were getting blown out of bounds and passing downfield was nearly impossible. Although they had no turnovers for the first time this year, they struggled to get the ball into Ram territory and only got two first downs in the game; both on defensive penalties.
Coach Mike Ludwig admitted the wind affected their usual offensive strategy.
“We couldn’t throw the ball, which is one of our strengths,” he said.
The Locos passed 11 times for 11 yards and had 24 rushes totaling 11 yards, where the Rams had six pass attempts totaling 6 yards and 56 rushes for 236 yards.
The defense found success though, holding Central star running back Ben Voss to 78 yards rushing on 22 attempts, with 35 of those yards coming on the lone offensive score by either team.
“He’s always dangerous and good at keeping the play alive but our defensive did a good job of wrapping him up,” Ludwig said.
Central got a safety in the fourth quarter on a second-and-10 rushing attempt from the Laurel 1, to go up 9-0.
Ludwig said the defense is continuing to play well.
“I like the way they’re playing, they’ve only allowed two touchdowns in the last four games. The offense has to get better and the line needs better blocking to create more holes.
The Locos (7-2) two-loss season earned them the #3 seed in the Eastern A and they face #6 Dawson County on Saturday evening; a team they blanked 20-0 in Glendive on Sept. 29. The winner of that game will face the overall #1 seed in the state–Hamilton (8-1)–on Nov. 4 in the Bitterroot Valley.
“We need a good week of practice,” Ludwig said.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Laurel Sports Complex.

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