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Small-school football: Ephrata retains Battle of the Basin trophy

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EPHRATA — Jacob Laird doesn’t care what anybody else might think. The Ephrata lineman is extremely confident in his team’s prospects for having a prosperous 2013 season, and if somebody tries to tell him differently, he’ll be happy to engage him or her in a spirited debate.

“I expect us to be in the top four in the state,” Laird said after the Tigers’ 28-12 victory Friday over Quincy at Kiwanis Field. “Some people may laugh or smile when I say that, but I know we’re capable of doing it. We’ve got a lot of guys with experience and some new guys that are (capable of doing well).”

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