Laurens scores early, often to spoil Easley senior night

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Laurens showed why the Raiders are the Region I-5A champions Friday night, spoiling Easley’s senior night with a 63-29 beating and putting a disappointing end to the Green Wave’s season.

The Raiders were led by Shrine Bowl linebacker Duane Martin, a Louisville verbal commit. Martin broke up two passes, had a pressure that led to an interception, picked off a pass after tipping it to himself and blocked an extra-point kick. That’s not to mention the impact he made on offense, scoring a touchdown from the A-back position.

“He’s an incredible player,” Easley coach Caleb King said of Martin. “There’s a reason why he has multiple Division I offers. He’s committed to Louisville and is playing in the Shrine Bowl, and there is a reason for it.”

Easley (3-7, 2-5) was hoping for better results as 17 seniors played their last game as a Green Wave, but Laurens scored on the first five series of the game to take control in the first half.

Easley reached Laurens territory three times and didn’t score in the first half, including on its

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