Laurel rolls over Frenchtown

Locomotives advance to Class A State semi-finals
By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, November 5, 2020
The Locomotive football team exits the tunnel before the start of their quarter–final playoff game against Frenchtown on Friday. Laurel won the game 35–13 to advance to the semi–finals against Hamilton this Saturday. Photos courtesy Kathleen Linger

The Locomotive football team exits the tunnel before the start of their quarter–final playoff game against Frenchtown on Friday. Laurel won the game 35–13 to advance to the semi–finals against Hamilton this Saturday. Photos courtesy Kathleen Linger

Laurel quarterback Eli Aby at the start of a passing play during Friday’s playoff game. The senior threw four TD passes on the day and caught one interception on defense during the Locos’ win.

Laurel quarterback Eli Aby at the start of a passing play during Friday’s playoff game. The senior threw four TD passes on the day and caught one interception on defense during the Locos’ win.

The Locos won their fifth game in a row against Frenchtown on Friday 35–13 to advance to the penultimate game of the Class A State playoffs this weekend in Hamilton.

Coach Mike Ludwig said, “It was nice to get a big win and move on to the semi–finals. We started slow but were able to get things going after they scored and recovered the ball on the ensuing kickoff. After Frenchtown’s first drive and score, our defense played well the rest of the game.”

The 7–2 Broncs struck first on a 9–yard TD pass and successful extra point to go up 7–0.

Then Laurel came back to tie the game with a 5–yard Beau Dantic rushing TD and Tyler Emineth extra point. They took the 14–7 lead on a 28–yard Jack Waddel reception from Eli Aby.

In the second quarter, Aby connected with Dantic for 50 yards and the score followed by a 7–yard completion to Waddel to take the 28–7 lead into the half.

The Locos scored once in the third on a 48–yard Waddel reception and held Frenchtown to one score in the 4th quarter to close out the Broncs 35–13 and advance to the State semi–finals.

“Eli had a nice game throwing the ball and Jack was outstanding at wide receiver,” Coach Ludwig said. “Shel played well at linebacker making numerous tackles and getting two interceptions.”

Eli Aby was 13–22 for 216 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Waddel had eight receptions for 131 yards and three TDs and Dantic carried the ball seven times for 23 yards, three TDs and one 50–yard reception for a score. Emineth was 5–5 on point–after tries.

On defense James Ochs had a sack, Shel Osborne two interceptions and Aby one interception.

Now the Locos head to the western side of the state to face the 9–0 and #1 seed Broncs at noon on Saturday.

“We have a tough challenge in our semi-final game against Hamilton. They are undefeated and have some very talented players. Both their O-line and D-line are big and physical and they have a great QB. It should be a good game and our players and coaches are looking forward to it,” Coach Ludwig said.

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