Pats, Scots improve to 5-0
by By Shawn Stinson
SANFORD — And then there were two.
Pinecrest and Scotland are the final two Southeastern Conference schools to remain undefeated on the season after Butler upended Richmond Senior Friday night. The Patriots rolled past Southern Lee, while the Fighting Scots took down New Hanover.
Anson, a 3A member, pulled off the surprise of the weekend, upsetting Purnell Swett on the road. Hoke County and Lumberton are still looking for their first victories after falling to E.E. Smith and Hoggard, respectively.
PINECREST 56, SOUTHERN LEE 20
SANFORD — Pinecrest hit the ground running against Southern Lee and never looked back.
The Patriots rushed for nearly 350 yards and added another 135 in the air in a 56-20 win over the Cavaliers.
Josh McCoy paced the attack for Pinecrest (5-0) with 95 yards and a score. Christian Ledbetter was 5 for 11 for 135 yards passing with two touchdowns and ran for another score. Backup quarterback Bradley Black added two touchdowns on the ground.
Pinecrest will play just its second game at home this week when Durham Jordan visits Southern Pines.
SCOTLAND 42, NEW HANOVER 13
WILMINGTON — The race for the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year could be over as Jaylend Ratliffe continues to post eye-popping statistics.
Ratliffe ran for three touchdowns and threw for another two as the Scotland avenged last season’s loss to New Hanover 42-13.
Ratliffe finished the game with 108 yards on 22 carries and passed for another 136. Running back Tre Thomas accounted for the Fighting Scots’ other touchdown.
“We lost on our home field last year, so we wanted to come down here and win,” Scotland coach Richard Bailey said to The Laurinburg Exchange. “Ratliffe was in his second game last year and he is a much better quarterback now.”
Scotland will have an open date Friday before playing Goldsboro on Oct. 4 at Pate Stadium.
ANSON 35, PURNELL SWETT 25
PEMBROKE — One week after not having an answer to New Hanover running back Ramone Simpson, Purnell Swett couldn’t find one against Anson’s Allen Campbell either.
Campbell scored four touchdowns, including three in the first half to pace the Bearcats to a 35-25 upset of the Rams.
Anson coach Luke Hyatt utilized Campbell as a wide receiver and running back in the win. Campbell rushed for 131 yards and caught three passes for 49 yards.
“He hasn’t scored a touchdown all year and that’s been bugging him a bit,” Hyatt said to The Robesonian. “He’s a great kid that gives us his all for Bearcat football. He’s a big playmaker that just hasn’t found the end zone until tonight.”
HOGGARD 34, LUMBERTON 0
LUMBERTON — Hoggard used its rushing attack to run past Lumberton.
Keevin Thompson and Trevor Brown combined for 220 yards on the ground to lead the Vikings to a 34-0 victory over the Pirates.
Thompson ran for three touchdowns and rushed for 136 of his 138 yards in the first 24 minutes.
Lumberton quarterback Josh Sheridan left the game in the first half with an injury.
“That’s not the way we wanted it to go,” Lumberton coach Joe Salas said to The Robesonian. “Losing (Sheridan) so freaking early and having to go with our JV quarterback really hurt us. They ran some option stuff we weren’t expecting and we made adjustments late in the game.”
E.E. SMITH 40, HOKE COUNTY 14
FAYETTEVILLE — Hoke County scored the game’s first points late in the first half as Terron Page rushed 8 yards for a score on the road against E.E. Smith.
That advantage didn’t last long.
The Golden Bulls responded two plays later to tie the game and went on to roll to a 40-14 victory over the Bucks.
Harold Herbin passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Herbin scored the go-ahead touchdown just before halftime on a 1-yard plunge. Shawn Barnes caught four of Herbin’s passes for 145 yards.
“They have three big receivers and we just couldn’t cover them,” Hoke coach Milton Butts said to the Fayetteville Observer.
— 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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