Locos upset Hamilton, face Central in State title game

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Eli Aby looks for a receiver during Laurel’s home win over Frenchtown two weeks ago while James Ochs (27) and Landen Baxter prepare to block. The Locos beat #1 ranked Hamilton on Saturday to advance to their second consecutive State Championship game against Central this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lockwood.

Eli Aby looks for a receiver during Laurel’s home win over Frenchtown two weeks ago while James Ochs (27) and Landen Baxter prepare to block. The Locos beat #1 ranked Hamilton on Saturday to advance to their second consecutive State Championship game against Central this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lockwood.

A gang of Loco defenders bring down a Frenchtown running back in the quarterfinal game two weeks ago. Laurel traveled to Hamilton on Saturday and upset the undefeated Broncs 28–21 to advance the the Class A State Championship game against Billings Central this Saturday. Photos courtesy Kathleen Linger

A gang of Loco defenders bring down a Frenchtown running back in the quarterfinal game two weeks ago. Laurel traveled to Hamilton on Saturday and upset the undefeated Broncs 28–21 to advance the the Class A State Championship game against Billings Central this Saturday. Photos courtesy Kathleen Linger

Laurel went on the road last weekend and picked up a huge win in the Class A State Semi– finals over #1 ranked and previously undefeated Hamilton, 28–21.

Laurel was the first to score in the opening quarter when Beau Dantic punched it in on a 2–yard run with 5:04 left. The defense held and they took the 7–0 lead into the 2nd.

With 8:39 left in the first half, Eli Aby scored on 4th and one and after Tyler Emineth kicked his second extra point, the Locos went up 14–0.

Hamilton got on the board with 7–yard pass on 4th and four with 3:12 left but Laurel marched 65 yards and scored on a 7–yard Aby to Emmet Renner pass with 18 seconds left to take the 21–7 lead into the half.

After a scoreless third quarter the Broncs struck first on a 2– yard run to pull within seven. After a Loco three and out Hamilton scored on a 24–yard pass to tie the game with 10:17 left.

On their next possession Laurel went 80 yards in two and a half minutes and scored on a 7– yard Aby run to retake the lead with 7:52 left in the game.

Hamilton had one last chance to score but turned the ball over on downs at the Laurel 48-yard line. The Locos got the ball back with 4:53 left and ran out the clock to get the upset win and advance to the Class A State Championship game for the second consecutive year.

Aby was 9–15 for 165 yards with one TD pass and one interception. He also had 10 rushes for 47 yards and two scores. Dantic had 34 yards rushing and a score and James Ochs had 12 rushes for 84 yards on the day and grabbed an interception. Renner had seven receptions for 142 yards and a score. Emineth was 4–4 on extra points

Now the Locos (7–1) face Billings Central (7–0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lockwood. The two teams squared off in Laurel on Sept. 25, a game which the Rams won 28–14.

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