Landrum beats Eau Claire 45-18 to advance in 2A playoffsPublished 11:55pm Monday, November 11, 2013
Landrum made history Friday, Nov. 8 by winning its first ever 2A playoff game over Eau Claire 45-18.
Landrum Head Coach Russell Mahaffey told his players before the game the Cardinals had a chance to make history, as it has never won a 2A playoff game.
“Play each quarter to win,” Mahaffey told his players before the game. “If you win each quarter you win the football game. You got that? Give it everything you got for 48 minutes. You can make history here tonight because Landrum hasn’t won a 2A playoff game. “
He told his players to make this town proud.
The Cardinals took their coach’s words to heart and got an early break in the first quarter with a high snap from the opposing Shamrocks that forced a safety giving the Cardinals a 2-0.
Then in the second quarter, with the Cardinals ahead 5-0, Anthony Anderson picked off a Shamrock pass and ran it to the 49-yard line. A few plays later, Landrum quarterback Aaron Bryant connected with Jacob Lanning who took the ball in another 51 yards for the Cardinals first touchdown.
Bryant suffered a first quarter injury to his knee but finished the game with 164 rushing yards and five passing touchdowns.
Bryant connected with Lanning seven times for 120 yards and four of Landrum’s touchdowns on the night.
Landrum’s defense also dominated, with the Cardinals holding the Shamrocks to minus 21 rushing yards. Anderson had two interceptions on the night. Anderson also added a 90-yard touchdown reception.
Landrum’s Caleb Pruitt added a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Landrum travels to Batesburg-Leesville this Friday for the second round of the 2A playoffs.