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Laurel wins, but not enough

Laurel (35) vs. Shenango (6)
Written: Oct 25, 2008
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By JOHN D’ABRUZZO

jd’abruzzo@ncnewsonline.com

Jerry Holzhauser didn’t want to know.

The Laurel High football coach even had a gag order out last night for everyone around Spartan Stadium to keep the Neshannock-Union score to themselves. He especially asked that it not be announced over the loudspeaker.

“We didn’t want to know, really,” Holzhauser said. “We just wanted to play this game. It’s always a big game.”

And despite the fact Holzhauser’s Spartans went out and routed Shenango, 35-6, in WPIAL Class A Big Seven Conference action, Neshannock’s win at Union squashed Laurel’s playoff aspirations.

The Spartans (3-4 conference, 3-6 overall) needed assistance from Union last night and Western Beaver today to make the postseason. Those teams needed to knock off the Lancers and South Side Beaver, respectively, to put Laurel in the Class A playoffs.

Nevertheless, the Spartans played against Shenango (1-6, 3-6) like it was the first night of postseason play.

“That’s the outcome we wanted,” Laurel quarterback Tyler Forbes said. “We did it for the seniors. We just went out there, played our hearts out and left it all out on the field.”

Forbes, a junior, as well as senior running back Bobby Jones, were the catalysts of the Spartans’ offense.

Jones had a monster night, running for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries.

“Bobby ran the ball well and he ran well all year,” Forbes said. “He picked his seams and blew it up. He refused to go down.”

Jones had touchdown runs for 10, 5 and 2 yards.

“He did have a good game,” Holzhauser said. “There was some good blocking up front. Our fullback (Dillon Show) blocked for him and everybody up front did a nice job.”

Forbes was near perfect as he completed 5 of 8 attempts for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

“Tyler was right on the money tonight,” Holzhauser said. “He ran the ball well and he threw well. There were a couple passes right on the money that weren’t completions, so he did a real nice job.”

Laurel didn’t waste anytime getting on the board when Jones found the end zone twice in the first quarter to give the Spartans a 14-0 lead.

“The first quarter isn’t the end-all, be-all, but it sets the tone for the rest of the football game,” Wildcats’ coach Ryan Mayo said. “So when you come out and execute poor early, it kind of sets the tone for everything else.”

Forbes found Jake Dando in the second quarter and connected on a 19-yard touchdown to give Laurel a 21-0 advantage at the half. Dando had two receptions for 63 yards.

“That was big to get the jump on them,” Holzhauser said. “We did well on every series. We might have stalled on one series, but we moved the ball real well tonight.”

Jones got his third touchdown midway through the third quarter and Forbes scored on an 8-yard run at the start of the fourth to initiate the mercy rule.

“Our line blocked on every play and everyone played awesome,” Jones said. “We totally played as a team tonight.”

Shenango got its lone score with 10:11 left in the game when sophomore running back Anthony Kosciuszko scampered 70 yards down the Wildcats’ sideline. Kosciuszko finished the game with 78 yards on seven carries.

Laurel racked up 344 yards of total offense on 20 first downs. Shenango totaled 129 yards on four first downs.

“(The defense) came out ready to play,” Holzhauser said. “Coach (Patrick) O’Shea got them ready for that offense and they executed it for four quarters.”

While Laurel’s season is complete, the Wildcats will have one more week of action. Shenango, the lone Lawrence County team that opted to play a Week 10 crossover game, will travel to Cornell at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“We were hoping to play the role of the spoiler. It didn’t happen,” Mayo said. “We just haven’t been a very good football team this year for a number of different reasons, but that’s the bottom line.”

SHENANGO LAUREL

4 First downs 20

131 Yards Rushing 285

7 Yards Lost 36

124 Net Rushing 249

7 Passes Attempted 8

1 Passes Completed 5

0 Passes Intercepted 0

5 Yards Passing 95

129 Total Yards 344

3-1 Fumbles-Lost 4-1

5-30.4 Punts-Average 0-0

3-25 Penalties-Yards 7-55

SHENANGO 0 0 0 6 — 6

LAUREL 14 7 7 7 —35

Scoring plays

LAUREL — Bobby Jones, 10-yard run (Jonathan Johnson kick).

LAUREL — Jones, 5-yard run (Johnson kick).

LAUREL — Jake Dando, 19-yard pass from Tyler Forbes (Johnson kick).

LAUREL — Jones, 2-yard run (Johnson kick).

LAUREL — Forbes, 8-yard run (Johnson kick).

SHENANGO — Anthony Kosciuszko, 70-yard run (kick blocked).

GAME SCOREBOARD
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Laurel 14 7 7 7 0 35
Shenango 0 0 0 6 0 6
GAME OF THE WEEK ARCHIVE
One step short 12/3/16 Neshannock season comes to end 11/27/16 The (im)perfect season 11/19/16 WPIAL championship game 11/18/16 New Castle advances to WPIAL Class 4A title game 11/11/16 Neshannock routs Serra Catholic 11/4/16 Neshannock hosts Serra Catholic 11/4/16 Thriller 10/28/16 Union at Shenango 10/28/16 'Canes stumble; playoff berth on line in finale 10/21/16 New Castle hosts Ringgold on Senior Night 10/21/16 Wilmington falls in battle of unbeatens 10/15/16 Wilmington at Hickory 10/13/16 On the defensive 10/8/16 Neshannock hosts Riverside 10/7/16 New Castle struggles in home loss to Mars 9/30/16 New Castle hosts Mars 9/30/16 'Canes hope to even score against Mars 9/30/16 Stayin' alive 9/23/16 Union hosts Western Beaver 9/23/16 Ground assault 9/17/16 Wilmington hosts Sharpsville 9/16/16 Too many mistakes for Laurel 9/10/16 Riverside travels to Laurel 9/9/16 Neshannock routs North Catholic 9/3/16 Canes quipped 8/31/16 A good mix 8/27/16 Black Friday 11/14/15 Wilmington vs. Cambridge Springs 11/13/15 Defense steps up for Lancers 11/7/15 Neshannock vs. Bentworth 11/5/15 No doubt about it 10/31/15 Neshannock vs. Union 10/30/15 Crowning effort 10/24/15 Shenango vs. Riverside 10/23/15 Playoff hopes dashed 10/17/15 Laurel vs. Beaver 10/16/15 A costly brawl 10/10/15 New Castle vs. Central Valley 10/9/15 Inching closer 10/3/15 Union vs. Shenango 10/2/15 'They had us on our heels' 9/26/15 South Side Beaver at Union 9/25/15 Shootout 9/19/15 Neshannock at Riverside 9/18/15 Pivotal 9/13/15 Neshannock, Shenango clash Saturday 9/11/15 Under the weather 9/5/15 New Brighton at Laurel 9/4/15 Heartbreaker 11/15/14 Neshannock vs. Clairton 11/14/14 Weathering the storm 11/8/14 Neshannock vs. Jeannette 11/7/14 Fast and furious 11/1/14 Springdale at Shenango 10/31/14 Opportunity lost 10/25/14 Sharpsville at Wilmington 10/24/14 One for the books 10/18/14 Ellwood City at Laurel 10/17/14 Ground war 10/11/14 Ellwood City at Mohawk 10/10/14 Drenched with happiness 10/4/14 South Side Beaver at Shenango 10/3/14 The perfect storm 9/27/14 Moon at New Castle 9/26/14 Coming up short 9/20/14 West Middlesex at Wilmington 9/19/14 Back in the saddle 9/13/14 Neshannock at Riverside 9/12/14 Tough act to follow 9/6/14 New Brighton at Ellwood City 9/5/14 'We will get better' 8/30/14 West Allegheny vs. New Castle 8/29/14 End of the road 11/16/13 Neshannnock vs. North Catholic 11/15/13 'Sharks in a frenzy' 11/9/13 Lancers advance to WPIAL semifinals 11/9/13 Neshannock vs. Monessen 11/8/13 The best defense 11/2/13 Neshannock vs. Brentwood 11/1/13 'We battled to the end' 10/26/13 New Brighton at Mohawk 10/25/13 Costly blunders 10/19/13 Sto-Rox at Laurel 10/18/13 West Allegheny rallies in fourth to defeat 'Canes 10/12/13 West Allegheny at New Castle 10/11/13 Mohawk wins thriller behind McConahy, Barber 10/5/13 Ellwood City at Mohawk 10/4/13 Spartans ride big second half to win over Union 9/28/13 Laurel at Union 9/27/13 Burkes stars as Lancers escape upset bid 9/21/13 Shenango at Neshannock 9/20/13 So close ... 9/13/13 Neshannock at Sto-Rox 9/12/13 Run to glory 9/7/13 Laurel at Neshannock 9/6/13 Dando, Spartans roll over South Side Beaver 9/5/13 South Side Beaver vs. Laurel 8/30/13 Turnovers spell doom for Wilmington in D-10 title game 11/26/12 Wilmington vs. Hickory 11/24/12 Caught in a 'Bear' trap 11/17/12 Neshannock vs. Clairton in WPIAL Class A semifinals 11/15/12 Neshannock advances 11/10/12 Neshannock vs. Monessen 11/9/12 Neshannock vs. Monessen 11/9/12 Neshannock vs. Monessen 11/8/12 Neshannock advances 11/3/12 Neshannock vs. Jefferson-Morgan 11/2/12 Down and out 10/27/12 New Castle at Hopewell 10/26/12 Pugh paces Wilmington to win over Sharon 10/22/12 Wilmington vs. Sharon 10/19/12 Mohawk falls to Beaver 10/13/12 Beaver vs. Mohawk 10/12/12 ‘We tip our hats to them’ 10/8/12 Neshannock at Rochester 10/5/12 Big-play display for Union 9/29/12 Union vs. Laurel 9/28/12 Lancers rout Shenango for fourth win 9/24/12 Blend of old, new sparks Union win 9/22/12 Union hosts Western Beaver 9/21/12 ’Hounds rise up for win over Hickory 9/15/12 Wilmington vs. Hickory 9/14/12 Milestone victory 9/10/12 New Castle at Riverside 9/7/12 699 and counting 9/1/12 New Castle vs. Central Valley 8/31/12 Turnovers lead to season-ending loss for Wilmington 11/21/11 Wilmington vs. General McLane 11/17/11 End of the dream 11/12/11 Ellwood vs. Greensburg Central 11/11/11 Ellwood advances 11/5/11 Ellwood City vs. Freeport 11/4/11 Mixed reviews 10/29/11 New Castle vs. Blackhawk 10/28/11 Wilmington rolls to Region 3 title 10/22/11 Wilmington vs. Sharon 10/21/11 It's Polka time 10/15/11 Ellwood City vs. Laurel 10/14/11 Aliquippa cruises past Ellwood City 10/8/11 Aliquippa vs. Ellwood City 10/7/11 Wilmington holds on for thrilling win over Hickory 10/1/11 Wilmington vs. Hickory 9/30/11 Union pulls away for win over South Side Beaver 9/24/11 South Side Beaver at Union 9/23/11 Big plays spell doom for New Castle 9/17/11 Central Valley vs. New Castle 9/16/11 Defense delivers for Neshannock 9/10/11 Defense delivers for Neshannock 9/10/11 Neshannock vs. Serra Catholic 9/9/11 New Castle suffers disappointing loss in opener 9/3/11 New Castle vs. Butler 9/2/11 Sharon ends Wilmington’s dominance 11/22/10 ‘Underdog’ Greyhounds move on to a rematch with Sharon 11/15/10 Wilmington vs. North East 11/12/10 Tough lesson 11/6/10 WPIAL Playoffs: Ellwood vs. South Fayette 11/5/10 Wolverines earn playoff berth 10/30/10 Riverside at Ellwood City 10/29/10 'Hounds lose heartbreaker 10/23/10 Wilmington at Sharon 10/22/10 Wolverines outlast Spartans 10/16/10 Laurel at Ellwood City 10/15/10 'Canes fall to Parkway foe Hopewell 10/9/10 New Castle to battle Hopewell 10/8/10 Lancers fall to Western Beaver 10/2/10 Western Beaver at Neshannock 10/1/10 Wolverines fall to Beaver 9/25/10 Beaver at Ellwood City 9/24/10 Shenango runs past South Side 9/20/10 Greyhounds lay hammer down on Greenville 9/11/10 Wilmington vs. Greenville 9/10/10 New Castle comes through 9/4/10 New Castle vs. Butler 9/4/10 Memorable run ends for Wilmington football team 12/14/09 Wilmington vs. Greensburg Catholic 12/11/09 Wilmington survives close call against Forest Hills 12/4/09 Wilmington vs. Forest Hills 12/4/09 Wilmington blanks Sharon 11/28/09 Wilmington vs. Sharon 11/27/09 Laurel season ends with setback 11/21/09 Laurel vs. Clairton in WPIAL semifinals 11/20/09 West Allegheny ends New Castle’s season 11/14/09 New Castle vs. West Allegheny 11/13/09 New Castle holds off Greensburg Salem 11/7/09 New Castle at Greensburg Salem 11/6/09 Wilmington routs Slippery Rock 10/30/09 Slippery Rock at Wilmington 10/30/09 Shenango blanks Union 10/24/09 Shenango at Union 10/23/09 Spartans overwhelm Monaca 10/17/09 Monaca at Laurel 10/16/09 Mohawk outlasts Ellwood City 10/10/09 Mohawk at Ellwood City 10/9/09 Rochester turns back Laurel in battle of unbeatens 10/3/09 Laurel at Rochester 10/2/09 Laurel opportunistic against Neshannock 9/26/09 Neshannock at Laurel 9/25/09 New Castle ends streak against Blackhawk 9/19/09 New Castle hosts Blackhawk 9/18/09 New Castle passes test against Indiana 9/12/09 Indiana at New Castle 9/11/09 Ellwood comes up short against Freedom 9/5/09 Freedom at Ellwood 9/4/09 Wilmington wins PIAA title! 12/15/08 'Hounds headed for Hershey 12/6/08 Wilmington vs. Aliquippa 12/5/08 Wilmington holds off Martinsburg Central 11/29/08 Wilmington edges Slippery Rock for District 10 title 11/24/08 "Down and Out" 11/19/08 New Castle outlasts Indiana in quarterfinals 11/8/08 New Castle vs. Indiana 11/7/08 New Castle vs. Indiana 11/6/08 New Castle routs Franklin Regional 11/1/08 Franklin Regional at New Castle 11/1/08 Laurel wins, but not enough 10/25/08 Shenango at Laurel 10/25/08 New Castle routs Ambridge 10/18/08 Ambridge at New Castle 10/18/08 Rochester blanks Neshannock 10/11/08 Wilmington handles Sharon 10/4/08 South Side Beaver blanks Neshannock 9/27/08 Neshannock vs. South Side Beaver 9/27/08 Neshannock holds off Laurel 9/20/08 Rochester blanks 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