The Laurel High football team remained in the playoff race with a key win Friday night.

The Spartans scored 20 second-quarter points to take control and pull away for a 40-15 WPIAL Midwestern Conference win over Mohawk.

Laurel (4-2 conference, 4-2 overall) is tied with Neshannock (4-2, 4-2) and New Brighton (4-2, 4-2) for second place. Beaver Falls (6-0, 6-0) clinched the conference crown.

The top teams in the conference in Class 2A advance to the WPIAL playoffs.

The Warriors dropped to 1-5, 1-5.

Laurel closes the regular season with a home game against Ellwood City Lincoln (0-6, 0-6) at 7 p.m. Friday. Mohawk entertains Freedom (3-3, 3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.

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