Laurel Locos improve to 5-1

Two games remain before State playoffs begin
Connor Waddingham
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham                        Laurel’s offense lines up on the goal line against the Billings Central Rams Oct. 5.

Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham
          
            Laurel’s offense lines up on the goal line against the Billings Central Rams Oct. 5.

The Laurel Locomotives hosted the Fergus Golden Eagles for their homecoming game this past weekend, on Oct.

11. The Eagles came into this game with a 4-1 (3-1) record. Laurel easily took care of the visiting team, only allowing one touchdown and scoring five them- selves. Eli Aby threw for two touchdowns and Ethan Renner ran in three rushing touchdowns. Renner now has six rushing touchdowns in the past two games after rushing for three in his previous game against Billings Central.

The Laurel offense has now scored at least five touchdowns in four of their six games this season. The Laurel defense has allowed just one touchdown or less in those same four games.

Oct. 11, Lewistown 6, Laurel 32

1 2 3 4 F FER 0 0 6 0 — 6 LAU 7 13 0 12 — 32

Fergus received the opening kick on this homecoming night in Laurel under the Friday night lights. This first drive took up nearly half of the first quarter. The Golden Eagles converted two third downs, including a 37-yard reception on third–and–11 that put them in at the five– yard line. Their next two plays were runs of 2 and –5 yards, followed by an incomplete pass. On fourth down, the Golden Eagles quarterback threw another incom- pletion as Laurel’s defense converted the goal-line stop.

A pair of seven–yard rushes by Laurel’s senior RB duo of Cameron Younger and Ethan Renner set the Locos up with a first and 10 at the 22-yard line. A few plays later, Renner broke free for a 13 yard run on third down and seven. Renner ran for another six yards, followed by 11 yards from Cameron Younger to put Laurel in plus territory. Eli Aby ran for 14 yards, and later handed the ball off to Ethan Renner, who scored

form 21 yards out. Laurel led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Golden Eagles started the second

quarter in a third–and–10 situation and converted on the first play of the quarter.

They later turned the ball over on downs. The very next play, Ethan Renner broke off for a 57-yard touchdown run. The point after try by Tyler Emineth was good for the second straight score and Laurel led 14-0 with roughly nine min- utes remaining in the half.

On the first offensive play for Fergus on their ensuing drive, Gabe Hernandez broke through the offensive line to hit the quarterback as he threw the ball, which popped the ball up into the air. James Ochs came down with the interception, leading to a touchdown by the Locos on the very next play. Eli Aby found fellow junior Jack Waddell for a 28-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone on first down, and after a missed PAT, the scoreboard read 20-0.

On the next drive, the Locomotives forced a fumble on third-and-two and it was recovered by senior Keagan Campbell. The Locos were later forced into a fourth–and–21 situation and punted, and forced Fergus to punt on their next drive. Ethan Renner ran for 23 yards on the

second–to–last play of the first half, and

a fumble by Danner Purkett ended the half. The Locos took a three-possession lead into half time.

Laurel started the second half with the ball and took over four minutes on their opening drive. Laurel gained at least

three yards on their first six

plays, but a couple plays later committed another fumble which was recovered by Fergus.

Fergus marched down the field

and scored in just over two minutes, cutting into Laurel’s lead, 20-6.

Laurel’s next drive had the

same result. A fumble on the second play of the drive resulted in a change of possession, but the Eagles couldn’t score on the following drive.

Ethan Renner opened the next

drive up with runs of eight, three, nine, ten (negated by offensive holding), and nine before James Ochs broke off for a 46 yard run. This run, followed

by a six yard Younger rush, set up Laurel at the five-yard line at

the end of the third quarter.

Jack Waddell seemed to convert on third and three on the

five-yard line, but the run was

called back due to an offensive block in the back. An incomplete pass put Laurel in a fourthand-nine situation at the 11 yard line and Eli Aby found Emmet Renner on a slant for an 11–yard touchdown that put the Locos back up by three possessions.

On the next Fergus drive,

sophomore Kyson Moran got an interception on third down and nine. On Laurel’s ensuring drive, Ethan Renner picked up his third touchdown of the game to put this game away. That was the last score of the game and the Locos wound up winning this game 32-6.

Against Billings Central earlier in the month, Ethan Renner had his career high in rushing yards in a game (190), and yards from scrimmage (206), and tied his career-high of three rushing touchdowns. In this game, he set new career bests in both rushing yards in a game (222), and all scrimmage yards (228), while also having another three rushing touchdowns. Renner is really blossoming into an offensive weapon in his senior season.

Beau Dantic came in and ran six times for 31 yards and Cameron Younger ran four times for 25 yards. James Ochs had two runs for 49 yards, which included one 46-yard rush.

Eli Aby was 11/14 passing the ball, with 116 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the game. Jack Waddell led the team in receiving yards with 58, and he also caught a touchdown. Emmet Renner also caught a touchdown on one of his three catches, with 23 yards on the game. Danner Purkett caught two balls and Ethan Renner, Keagan Campbell and Connor Bergman all had one catch each.

The Laurel Locos next oppo- nent will be the Sidney Eagles. The two teams played just once last season and Laurel barely won, 14-12. Laurel lost to Sidney 15-12 in 2017 and 21-7 in 2016. The Eagles are 3-3 coming into this matchup with the Locos. The game will be in Sidney on Oct. 18.

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