Pinecrest, Scotland shoot to stay undefeated
SOUTHERN PINES — The Southeastern Conference football teams bounced back in Week 2 after a disappointing opening weekend, going 4-2.
Pinecrest and Richmond Senior earned road wins to remain undefeated, while Scotland rolled at home to stay perfect. Purnell Swett evened its record with a victory at county rival Red Springs. Hoke County and Lumberton lost road contests to fall to 0-2 on the season.
Pinecrest at Beddingfield
Coaches: Chris Metzger, Pinecrest. Tyrone Johnson, Beddingfield.
Records: Pinecrest 2-0. Beddingfield 1-1.
Last game: Pinecrest upended Douglas Byrd 45-28. Southern Nash edged Beddingfield 30-24.
Tidbits: Pinecrest used a bit of trickery to defeat Douglas Byrd last week. The Patriots used a lateral pass to score their first touchdown on the first play from scrimmage then recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and marched down the field for another score. Quarterback Christian Ledbetter rushed for three touchdowns and now has four on the season. Beddingfield is a 2A team and defeated 2A Greene Central in its season opener and fell to 3A Southern Nash last week.
Scotland at Marlboro County (S.C.)
Coaches: Richard Bailey, Scotland. Dean Boyd, Marlboro County.
Records: Scotland 2-0. Marlboro County 2-0.
Last game: Scotland cruised past Jack Britt 52-21. Marlboro County blasted Cheraw (S.C.) 50-7.
Tidbits: Scotland quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe continues to post big numbers. In last week’s win over Jack Britt, Ratliffe tossed for four touchdowns and has accounted for eight scores this season. Marlboro County has limited the opposition to 28 points in its two victories and is averaging 46.5 points a contest on offense.
Purnell Swett at Hoggard
Coaches: Mark Heil, Purnell Swett. Scott Braswell, Hoggard.
Records: Purnell Swett 1-1. Hoggard 2-0.
Last game: Purnell Swett stopped Red Springs 32-21. Hoggard slipped past Irmo (S.C.) 24-22.
Tidbits: Purnell Swett needed a late-game interception by Josh Jacobs, which he returned 24 yards for a touchdown, to knockoff its 2A in-county rival. After settling on Josh Brooks as the starting quarterback, Purnell Swett coach Mark Heil made a switch to backup Thristian Locklear, who led the Rams on consecutive scoring drives. Locklear is expected to start against Hoggard. The Vikings also made a quarterback change in their last contest. Braswell inserted Xavier Johnson into the game against Irmo after three scoreless drives with Austin Schoenleber under center. Defensive lineman Devyn Bond received MVP honors in the Irmo win after returning an interception for a touchdown.
Seventy-First at Hoke County
Coaches: Duran McLaurin, Seventy-First. Milton Butts, Hoke County.
Records: Seventy-First 2-0. Hoke County 0-2.
Last game: Seventy-First rallied for a 49-21 win over Terry Sanford. Sun Valley edged Hoke County 40-35.
Tidbits: After going winless in Bob Paroli’s final season, Seventy-First has turned things around this year. The Falcons are off to a 2-0 start and are scoring an average of 42.5 points a contest. Quarterback Jamel Joliffe has thrown for four touchdowns and rushed for another two. Running backs Paul Underwood and Marquez Lock have each rushed for two scores. Hoke County is off to a surprising 0-2 start. Backup quarterback Antonio Peterkin was inserted into the Sun Valley contest and threw for two touchdowns. Starting quarterback Geoffrey Thompson leads the team with 177 rushing yards and running back Jacob Rushing has 155 yards on the ground.
South View at Lumberton
Coaches: Randy Ledford, South View. Joe Salas, Lumberton.
Records: South View 1-1. Lumberton 0-2.
Last game: South View shutdown Gray’s Creek 12-3. Pine Forest downed Lumberton 44-28.
Tidbits: South View has only scored two touchdowns on the season, but is 1-1. The Tigers have been bottled up offensively with only Jeremy Cox finding any room to run. Cox leads the team with 201 rushing yards and one of the Tigers’ touchdowns. Trey McArn has South View’s other touchdown on the season. Lumberton is still trying to adjust to the “Air Raid” offense but made strides against Pine Forest. Running back Josh Sheridan broke free for two 70-plus yard runs for touchdowns and Will Everette passed for two scores.
— 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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