Pinecrest, Scotland roll to stay undefeated
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — It was more of the same for the Southeastern Conference football teams Friday night.
Pinecrest, Richmond Senior and Scotland rolled to wins to improve to 4-0 on the season. The rest of the league’s squads failed to register victories falling to a collective 1-11.
Even though Hoke County and Lumberton both dropped to 0-4, their opponents were forced to come from behind to pull out wins.
PINECREST 55, PARKLAND 0
SOUTHERN PINES — Seven players scored a touchdown as Pinecrest blanked Parkland 55-0 on Senior Night.
It was the Patriots’ first home game of the season.
Quarterback Christian Ledbetter scored on a keeper to open the scoring for Pinecrest (4-0), which would take a 43-0 lead at halftime.
“We had 10 different kids carry the football, three different quarterbacks contribute,” Pinecrest coach Chris Metzger said to The Pilot. “We had 30 offensive players and 29 defensive players contribute, so that was a good thing.”
SCOTLAND 53, SOUTHERN DURHAM 31
DURHAM — Scotland quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe posted big numbers again, although this time, it was in limited action.
Ratliffe rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown and was 3 for 5 for 34 yards passing with a score as Scotland blasted Southern Durham 53-31. The Fighting Scots led at halftime 43-10, scoring on all but one of their first-half possessions.
Special teams also shined for Scotland (4-0) as Robert McKoy returned a kick 85 yards for a touchdown and K.J. Leggett picked up a blocked punt and ran 30 yards in the end zone for a score.
“We pride ourselves on trying to be good at everything, not just being a great offensive team or defensive team,” Scotland coach Richard Bailey said to the Laurinburg Exchange.
SEVENTY-FIRST 30, LUMBERTON 29
FAYETTEVILLE — Lumberton trailed Seventy-First 22-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, before rallying to send the game into overtime.
The Pirates scored on their first possession of overtime to take a lead before the Eagles’ Eric McCoy found the end zone for a touchdown and the game-winning 2-point conversion as Seventy-First pulled out a 30-29 victory.
Lumberton’s Josh Sheridan scored on touchdown runs of 5, 6 and 13 in the loss. Robert Andrews added a 13-yard touchdown run for the Pirates (0-4).
“We fought back against adversity and again being young,” Lumberton coach Joe Salas said to the Fayetteville Observer. “We had some mistakes, but the guys kept fighting and kept battling.”
SOUTH VIEW 39, HOKE COUNTY 28
RAEFORD — South View scored the game’s final 21 points to post a come-from-behind 39-28 victory over Hoke County.
The Bucks jumped out to a 21-6 lead following a 5-yard run by Jamal Darden. The Tigers sliced into the deficit with a 66-yard scoring run by Jeremy Cox and a 35-yard touchdown catch by Tyrus Jackson from Xavier Robinson.
Hoke (0-4) stretched the lead back to 28-18 on Terron Page’s 14-yard run before South View stormed back for the win.
NEW HANOVER 35, PURNELL SWETT 20
PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett had no answer for New Hanover running back Ramone Simpson.
The senior rushed for 251 yards and all five of his team’s touchdowns in a 35-20 win over the Rams.
After being shutout in the first half, Purnell Swett (1-3) rallied to tie the contest at 14 in the third quarter as Thriston Lowry threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
The Wildcats took the lead for good on a 57-yard touchdown run by Simpson to open the fourth quarter.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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