SOUTHERN PINES — After Richmond Senior’s loss to Butler last week, only Pinecrest and Scotland remain undefeated in the Southeastern Conference.
The Patriots will look to move to 6-0 on the season when they welcome Durham Jordan to John Williams Stadium. The Fighting Scots will have tonight off before shooting for their sixth win next week at Pate Stadium against Goldsboro.
Purnell Swett will try to snap a three-game losing streak at North Brunswick. Lumberton guns for its first win in six games under coach Joe Salas tonight at New Hanover. The league’s other winless team, Hoke County, will have the night off before returning to action next week at Westover.
Jordan at Pinecrest
Coaches: LaDwaun Harrison, Jordan. Chris Metzger, Pinecrest.
Records: Jordan 1-4. Pinecrest 5-0.
Last game: Holly Springs rolled over Jordan 43-12. Pinecrest blasted Southern Lee 56-20.
Tidbits: This will be just the second home game for Pinecrest this season. The Patriots offense is averaging 45.6 points a game and the defense is surrendering 17.4 points. Chris Metzger and his team are trying to start the year 6-0 for the first time since the 2010 season. Jordan has lost three in a row and during this stretch have been outscored 113-20, an average of 30 points a game.
Purnell Swett at North Brunswick
Coaches: Mark Heil, Purnell Swett. Garry Bishop, North Brunswick.
Records: Purnell Swett 1-4. North Brunswick 5-0.
Last game: Anson upset Purnell Swett 35-25 on the road. North Brunswick stopped West Brunswick 28-14.
Tidbits: Purnell Swett’s lone win this season came against 2A school Red Springs and will try to pick up its second against another 2A school tonight. Thriston Lowry has settled into his role as the starting quarterback, tossing two touchdowns in the loss to Anson. Lowry threw for 228 yards and ran for another 57 and two scores. North Brunswick has been pretty balanced on offense this season, throwing for 12 touchdowns and running for another 11.
Lumberton at New Hanover
Coaches: Joe Salas, Lumberton. Kevin Motsinger, New Hanover.
Records: Lumberton 0-5. New Hanover 2-2.
Last game: Hoggard blanked Lumberton 34-0. Scotland ran past New Hanover 42-12.
Tidbits: Lumberton lost its starting quarterback Josh Sheridan to injury last week and will be forced to go with a junior varsity quarterback under center. New Hanover will try to bounce back after Scotland avenged last year’s home loss with a 30-point win. Ramone Simpson struggled to find running room against the Fighting Scots, but rushed for 251 yards and five scores against Purnell Swett the week before.
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