Scots run past Cougars; Bucks get first win
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — The majority of the Southeastern Conference football teams took last week off to prepare for the grueling five-week league slate.
Two teams, however, elected to hit the field before opening conference play Friday. Scotland was gunning for its second 6-0 start in three years, while Hoke County was looking for its first win of the season.
Lumberton, Pinecrest, Purnell Swett and Richmond Senior will all return to action this week following their open dates.
SCOTLAND 35, GOLDSBORO 14
LAURINBURG — It wasn’t pretty, but Scotland maintained its perfect record entering SEC play.
Jaylend Ratliffe rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and 11 carries and completed 4 of 6 passes for another 105 yards as Scotland rolled to a 35-14 win over Goldsboro.
Trejon Monley added a 34-yard punt return for a score for the Fighting Scots (6-0).
The team got some good news and bad news during the win over the Cougars. Running back Josh McPhatter return to the lineup after spraining his ankle in the season opener, but his replacement Tre Thomas suffered a knee injury in the second quarter.
“We did not play well at all,” Scotland coach Richard Bailey said. “We played well in the first quarter, but we didn’t play well and I didn’t coach well. Bottom line is we get beat by a lot of teams if we play like that against 4A teams.”
HOKE 56, WESTOVER 14
FAYETTEVILLE — It may have taken six games, but the Hoke County offense hit its stride.
Hoke had 438 yards of total offense and only had one turnover in a 56-14 victory over Westover. The Bucks had committed 13 turnovers in its first five contests.
Jacob Rushing and Jamal Darden each ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Geoff Thompson added 72 yards and a score.
The Hoke defense limited Westover to 174 yards of total offense in picking up its first win of the season.
— 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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