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Laurel Bulldogs
2002 Recap ...

Friday, Nov. 22, 2002
Laurel 35, Lake Forest 12

Photos: Laurel head coach Ed Manlove.

Under first-year head coach Ed Manlove, the Laurel High School football team capped its best season in 11 years and assured itself of a home game in the first round of the Division II state tournament.

Laurel head coach Ed ManloveFinishing the regular season at 9-1 and the Henlopen Conference Southern Division season at 5-1, the Bulldogs earned the Division II tourney's second seed and a semifinal home game against third-seeded Howard on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

Manlove, who took over the program just a week before the season began, has guided Laurel to its first trip to the Division II tournament since 1995.

Against Lake Forest, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown passes by quarterback Andy Hartstein. The first went for 9 yeards to end Jeff Downes and the second went to Mark Pugh for 6 yards.

After a Lake Forest touchdown made it 14-6, Laurel went ahead 21-6 on a 7-yard run by fullback Chris Horsey, who finished with 131 yards on 26 carries.

Lake Forest scored again to pull within 21-12, but the Bulldogs put the game away with a 7-yard touchdown run by DeVry Hill and a 20-yard pass from Hartstein to end Anton Ridley.

Hartstein threw for 18 touchdowns to lead the state this season. He enters the state tournament with 8 touchdowns in his last two games.

The Bulldogs had a big night on the ground as Jeremy Jones and DeVry Hill added 62 and 56 yards rushing, respectively.

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