Special teams shined for the Raiders, keeping them in the game early on kickoff returns and punt returns. Dasion Mosley took the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Mosley followed that up with an 81-yard kickoff return down to the Cavaliers 6-yard line. That kickoff return set up a Troy Dendy 6-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter.
Midway through the third quarter, Will Tinsley returned a punt 56 yards for the Raiders, down to the Cavaliers 1-yard line. On the first play of the Raiders drive, Dendy fumbled the ball back to Dorman at the goal line.
Other than special teams, Dorman (3-2) dominated the Raiders on both sides of the ball. Dorman had 28 first downs and the Raiders had five. Dorman racked up 558 yards of offense to the Raiders 112 yards. Dorman rushed for 372 yards to the Raiders 39 yards. Dorman passed for 186 yards to the Raiders 73 yards.
“In the first half, we just couldn’t stop them,” said Raiders head coach Chris Liner. “They just lined up and ran over us. We couldn’t move the ball well enough to keep up with them scoring. We’ve got guys in position to make plays, we just don’t make them.”
In the second half, Laurens got one first down and gained 16 yards. During that same half, the Raider defense gave up 181 yards to mostly Cavalier reserves.
Raider special teams accounted for one touchdown and set up another touchdown. The only other successful drive for the Raiders ended with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Campbell to Deonte Smith in the second quarter.
Dorman scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and added three more in the second quarter to lead 35-20 at halftime. While shutting out the Raiders in the second half, Dorman added a touchdown in each of the last two quarters.
Charles Brewton led Dorman with 138 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Marcus Ratchford rushed for 133 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Batson rushed for 82 yards and threw for 162 yards. Jacoby Pinckney caught six passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
“Right now, I don’t know who we can beat,” said Liner. “Right now, we are not good enough to beat anybody. That’s tough to admit but it’s the truth. Every game on our schedule scares me and it shouldn’t be that way. There is enough talent on this team to move forward and win some games.”
Laurens falls to 1-4 overall and will open region play at home against Hillcrest on Friday night at 7:30pm.