Pinecrest, Scotland stay undefeated heading into clash
by By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — It was business as usual for the top three teams in the Southeastern Conference on the opening Friday of league play.
But Hoke County put a scare into Richmond Senior, trailing 28-23 late in the fourth quarter and driving for the go-ahead score. The Raiders defense made a stop on fourth-and-3 at their 19 to slip away with a 35-23 win.
Pinecrest and Scotland picked easy wins to improve to 7-0 on the season. The two teams will square off in this week’s marquee matchup.
Pinecrest 52, Lumberton 28
LUMBERTON — For the fourth straight game, Pinecrest exceeded the 50-point mark in improving to 7-0 for the first time since 1982.
Pinecrest rolled past Lumberton 52-28 to pick up just its second win in the series against the Pirates.
Josh McCoy and Christian Ledbetter led the way for the Patriots. McCoy rushed for a game-high 226 yards on 22 carries and Ledbetter ran for two scores and threw for another two.
Lumberton accounted for two of its touchdowns on special teams as Gilbert Huggins had a pair of 99-yard kickoff returns for scores.
The Pirates are still winless in seven contests.
“Our O-line did another great job for us tonight,” Pinecrest coach Chris Metzger said to The Pilot. “Defense was solid and against we were able to get a lot of guys an opportunity to play, and that is a key piece for us.”
Scotland 48, Purnell Swett 6
PEMBROKE — Scotland’s first-team offense only needed 24 minutes to light up the scoreboard.
The Fighting Scots scored all of their points in the first half in a 48-6 road win over Purnell Swett.
Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe accounted for three touchdowns, two rushing and one passing. Ratliffe scored on runs of 42 and 29 yards. Backup running back Quadrin Williams rushed for three scores from 70, 37 and 18 yards.
Scotland is now 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC. Purnell Swett falls to 2-5 and 0-1.
The Rams scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“Our biggest problem was our offensive line couldn’t their front people because they just went right by us,” Purnell Swett coach Mark Heil said to the Laurinburg Exchange. “They’ve got great athletes. The quarterback is just a premier player and they’ve got really good skill people.”
— 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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