2000 Football Recap
Lake Forest 21, Laurel 16
Freshman quarterback Andrew Hartstein had a huge night with 167 yards on 13-for-25 passing but it wasn't enough to help the Bulldogs to victory in the Henlopen South game. Hartstein hit Johnnie Cahall with a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second period and wide receiver Trey Downes with a 40-yard scoring strike in the third period. The pass to Downes brought the Bulldogs within 21-16 but neither team could score after that.
Smyrna 44, Laurel 0
Any Bulldog hopes for a Henlopen South title were completely dashed. Now 1-2 in the South and 1-6 overall, the Bulldogs virtually no offense in falling behind 25-0 at halftime. Running back Jermel Horsey had 47 yards rushing at halftime for the Bulldogs' only bright spot.
Laurel 18, Indian River 0
The Bulldogs kept alive hopes of salvaging their 2000 season with a Henlopen South title by beating the Indians. Laurel is 1-5 overall but 1-1 in the division and has proven very competitive in the South so far. The Bulldogs were led by Jamin Pugh's 63 yards rushing including a 1-yard touchdown run. Wide receiver Trey Downes collected a 21-yard TD toss from quarterback Andy Hartstein and running back Jermel Horsey scored a 1-yard plunge. Running back Mike Snead ran for 62 yards.
Woodbridge 34, Laurel 28
For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs suffered a heart-breaking loss to Woodbridge. The Bulldogs led this year's game 28-21 in the fourth quarter but succumbed to two Woodbridge touchdowns. Laurel built its lead behind senior running back Mike Snead, who scored all four touchdowns and finished with 151 yards rushing. Snead scored on runs of 43, 3, 16 and 39 yards to give the Bulldogs leads of 6-0, 14-6, 20-14 and 28-21. The Bulldogs also recovered four fumbles and the game's opening kickoff. The Bulldogs fell to 0-5 overall with the loss in their Henlopen South opener.
Hodgson 29, Laurel 22
For the second straight year, the Bulldogs have posted a winless nonconference campaign. In their final tuneup before opening their Henlopen South season against Woodbridge on Friday, Oct. 6, the Bulldogs stormed back from a 29-6 deficit with 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to make things interesting. Freshman quarterback Andy Hartstein threw two touchdown passes, one for 84 yards to Trey Downes and another for 11 yards to Mike Snead. Snead gained 48 yards on 4 carries.
Dover 18, Laurel 8
The Bulldogs remained winless with the loss to the Senators, the state's 7th-ranked team. The Bulldogs played Dover -- a school twice the size of Laurel -- tough for much of the game and may have pulled off an upset against the unbeaten Senators if not for a fumble on the goal-line in the first half. Mike Snead's one-yard plunge pulled the Bulldogs within 12-8 with 8:02 left in the game. Dover then scored a final touchdown to seal the game. Jimmy Hartstein recorded a safety for Laurel's other score. Jamin Pugh led the Bulldogs with 52 yards rushing.
Caravel 37, Laurel 14
The Bulldogs were no match for a Caravel team that starts three linemen weighing more than 300 pounds. In falling to 0-2, Laurel did get a boost in the fourth quarter from freshman quarterback Andy Hartstein, who threw a pair of touchdown passes and a two-point conversion pass to senior wide receiver Trey Downes. The TDs covered 65 and 75 yards. Laurel coach Mike Pugh said Hartstein may see more playing time as the season goes on.
Archmere 20, Laurel 6
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start in head coach Mike Pugh's debut but succumbed to a stifling Archmere defense in the second half. Laurel led the game 6-0 on a one-yard touchdown run by Jamin Pugh -- coach Pugh's son -- but its offense mustered little after that. The Bulldogs managed only 45 yards of total offense in the entire second half. Quarterback Kevin Hannan ran for a touchdown and threw for another to lead the Auks.
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