Laurel handed a hard loss against Dillon

Story by RYAN MINCH

 

A two-point conversion is all that stood between Laurel and what — according to the outsiders — may have been their biggest upset since Laurel won the 1999 State A Title.

Instead, it was another win for Dillon over the Locomotives in a game that the Locomotives dominated within the line of scrimmage.

“I’m very proud of the way our kids came out and showed the focus we needed to be successful,” said Laurel head coach Mike Ludwig. “We had a good play call there, and we just didn’t come up with the play.”

“The play” was a two-point conversion that would have given Laurel a 29-28 lead had they converted.

“It’s a play where we give Tyler (Thompson) an option to throw it or run it in, and I think he made the right decision. It just didn’t work out in our favor,” said Ludwig.

Following a quick score by the Beavers on their opening series, Laurel answered with a seven yard run from Michael Buster that tied the game at 6-6. From there Laurel imposed their will in the running game with Buster surpassing his season total with 28 carries and nearly 170 yards rushing.

“I’m not terribly surprised with how we ran the football,” said Ludwig. “I know we have the capability of running the ball that way every week.”

In all, the Locomotives out-matched the Beavers as they ran for 270 yards on 45 team attempts.

Laurel, who actually out-gained Dillon by nearly 200 yards, was whistled for a total on nine penalties for 80 yards.

“Personally, that’s another scoring drive for us,” Ludwig said of the flags.

Laurel was whistled for just three penalties in the first half, but had to overcome five holding calls in the fourth quarter.

“I couldn’t be happier with they way our guys played this week,” Ludwig said. “They came in with tremendous focus and played the way we needed them to.”

Laurel continues its season Friday with a homecoming game against Livingston.

“I’ve told the kids that we need to approach every week likes it’s the playoffs,” Ludwig added. “We can’t take anyone for granted on the field.”

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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