SEC teams look to rebound after tough Week 1
by By Shawn Stinson
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ROCKINGHAM — The Southeastern Conference football teams went a disappointing 3-3 in the opening weekend.
Richmond Senior, Scotland and Pinecrest pulled off season-opening victories. Hoke County was upset by Ashley, Purnell Swett lost a hard-fought contest to Pine Forest and Lumberton was blitzed by Douglas Byrd.
In a curious scheduling twist, five of SEC teams will be on the road tonight. The only squad playing at home will be the Fighting Scots.
Pinecrest at Douglas Byrd
Coaches: Chris Metzger, Pinecrest. Russell Stone, Douglas Byrd.
Records: Pinecrest 1-0. Douglas Byrd 1-0.
Last game: Pinecrest defeated Overhills 35-14. Douglas Byrd cruised past Lumberton 44-14.
Tidbits: Pinecrest’s rushing attack found its footing against Overhills in Week 1 despite the graduation of last season’s top runner, Dwayne Simpson. The Patriots ran for 331 yards and five touchdowns as Christian Ledbetter led the way with 97 yards and a score. Douglas Byrd, like Pinecrest, found plenty of running room in its opening contest as Alonzo Hurtado ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Elijah Bulger proved to be a dual threat for the Eagles, passing for 128 yards and rushing for another 58.
Jack Britt at Scotland
Coaches: Brian Rimpf, Jack Britt. Richard Bailey, Scotland.
Records: Jack Britt 1-0. Scotland 1-0.
Last game: Jack Britt rolled Southeast Raleigh 34-9. Scotland blasted South View 41-9.
Tidbits: Richmond fans remember the playoff game Jack Britt’s Mark McRae had against the Raiders in the third round last season, throwing for seven touchdowns. His replacement, Harrison Strother, got off to a good start, tossing for 117 yards and three scores. Eric Carter led the ground game for the Buccaneers, running for 108 yards and a touchdown. Jaylend Ratliffe opened the season staking his claim on grabbing SEC Player of the Year honors by himself this season with 221 total yards and four touchdowns. The Scots suffered a scare when Josh McPhatter injured his ankle in the first half. McPhatter’s injury was deemed to be a sprain and is not expected to play tonight.
Hoke County at Sun Valley
Coaches: Milton Butts, Hoke. Paul Hall, Sun Valley.
Records: Hoke 0-1. Sun Valley 0-1.
Last game: Ashley upended Hoke County 14-7. Charlotte Christian stopped Sun Valley 28-19.
Tidbits: Hoke County couldn’t keep possession of the football in its loss at Ashley. The Bucks lost five fumbles and had an interception. Geoffrey Thompson showed he is capable of replacing the production Detrez Newsome provided the previous three seasons with 71 rushing yards and Hoke’s lone touchdown. Albert Funderburk had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the season-opening loss for Sun Valley. Ryan Tapp had two passing scores, one to Courtland Stout and the other to Funderburk.
Purnell Swett at Red Springs
Coaches: Mark Heil, Purnell Swett. George Coltharp, Red Springs.
Records: Purnell Swett 0-1. Red Springs 0-1.
Last game: Pine Forest nipped Purnell Swett 14-6. White Oak took down Red Springs 45-33.
Tidbits: Purnell Swett struggled to put up points in its season opener, but part of that could be excused because of an injury to kicker Tristan Hunt earlier in the week. The Rams moved the ball inside field-goal range several times, but were forced to go for it on fourth down. The team’s only touchdown came on a 17-yard pass from Josh Brooks to Kaley Tyner. Red Springs was expected to be one of the top squads on the 2A level with quarterback Blake Greene, but lost in Week 1 at home to White Oak. Greene threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns.
Lumberton at Pine Forest
Coaches: Joe Salas, Lumberton. Bill Sochovka, Pine Forest.
Records: Lumberton 0-1. Pine Forest 1-0.
Last game: Douglas Byrd rolled past Lumberton 44-14. Pine Forest edged Purnell Swett 14-6.
Tidbits: Lumberton is still trying to get adjusted to the new “Air Raid” offense under Salas. Things started well for the Pirates as Will Everette hooked up with Bryan Carpenter on their second play from scrimmage for a 77-yard touchdown. Nothing else worked as Lumberton spun its wheels the remainder of the game. Myron Flemming accounted for both touchdowns in a win over Purnell Swett. Flemming hit Avery Redden for a 13-yard score and tacked on a 35-yard run for a touchdown to seal the victory.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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