Pinecrest runs record to 6-0
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — At the halfway mark in the regular season, two Southeastern Conference teams remain undefeated, another has one loss and two are winless.
Pinecrest improved to 6-0 with a big 48-point victory, while Richmond rebounded from its lone defeat of the year to roll to a 29-point win of its own.
Purnell Swett ended its three-game slide with a hard-fought win at 2A North Brunswick. Lumberton will head into its open date at 0-6 and still searching for answers.
The other two schools — Scotland and Hoke County — are coming off open dates. The Fighting Scots are 5-0, while the Bucks are 0-5.
PINECREST 55, JORDAN 7
SOUTHERN PINES — For the first time since the 2010 season, Pinecrest will head into its Southeastern Conference opener unbeaten.
Pinecrest rolled to a 55-7 win over Jordan behind the play of quarterback Christian Ledbetter. The sophomore signal caller accounted for five touchdowns — three passing and two rushing — in the blowout victory.
The Patriots (6-0) limited the Falcons to 159 yards of total offense.
“Tonight was all about taking advantage of our opportunities,” Pinecrest coach Chris Metzger said to The Pilot. “Now, we have to focus on Lumberton, because at this point it is a whole new season.”
PURNELL SWETT 27, NORTH BRUNSWICK 6
LELAND — Purnell Swett used its defense to snap a three-game losing streak, downing North Brunswick 27-6.
The Rams (2-4) held the Scorpions in check and lost their chance at a shutout late in the fourth quarter.
“We’re a work in progress and we’re slowly seeing that, but our guys are fighting hard,” Purnell Swett coach Mark Heil said to The Robesonian. “I think if we would’ve started the last two (games) the way we started tonight, we’d be 4-2 right now.”
NEW HANOVER 26, LUMBERTON 14
WILMINGTON — Despite being forced to start its junior varsity quarterback, Austin Foley, Lumberton made a game of it at New Hanover.
The Pirates trailed by seven at halftime before surrendering two touchdown passes from Ward Coleman and falling 26-14.
Lumberton (0-6) scored on a 17-yard interception return by Damien Ness and a 68-yard pass from Foley to Robert Andrews.
“I’m super proud of our JV quarterback that played the entire game because of injuries, and he stepped up and played like a man,” Lumberton coach Joe Salas said to The Robesonian. “That kind of pressure, against that kind of team, he could have easily folded but he played within the system.”
— 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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