For the first time this season all six of the Southeastern Conference members pulled out victories Friday night.
Hoke County running back Detrez Newsome continues to stake his claim as the league’s player of the year by rushing for another three touchdowns against Cape Fear to keep the Bucks undefeated on the year. Richmond Senior remained unbeaten as well with its 39-14 road win against West Forsyth.
Scotland cruised past former league rival Anson to improve to 4-1, while Lumberton needed a late defensive stand to turn back Athens Drive to also go 4-1.
Pinecrest and Purnell Swett got back on the winning track. The Patriots routed Western Harnett to run their record to 3-2. The Rams snapped its two-game losing streak by blanking county rival South Robeson.
HOKE COUNTY 39, CAPE FEAR 14
FAYETTEVILLE — Detrez Newsome went over the 1,000-yard mark in just five games, rushing for 156 yards on 26 carries and three scores as Hoke County blitzed Cape Fear 39-14.
The Bucks improved to 5-0 on the season and will battle Westover 7:30 p.m. Friday at Raz Autry Stadium.
The biggest question for Hoke County as its SEC opener against Richmond looms is how good the team really is this season. The Bucks’ nonconference opponents are a combined 6-24 with both Seventy-First and Cape Fear winless in five contests.
LUMBERTON 20, ATHENS DRIVE 14
LUMBERTON — Jeremaine Williams intercepted a Jason West pass deep in Lumberton territory as time expired to clinch a 20-14 victory for the Pirates over Athens Drive.
Lumberton improved to 4-1 with the win, while Athens Drive fell to 3-2.
The Pirates got on the board first with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jez Deese to Allen Thompson. Daniel Robinson added an 80-yard touchdown run and Mac McGill closed out Lumberton’s scoring with a 25-yard fumble return in the third quarter.
“They’re resilient,” Lumberton coach Mike Brill said to The Robesonian about his team. “They’re a scrappy bunch … I got to give all the credit to them. If they keep doing what they’re doing, I don’t know what they might do this year.”
Lumberton has an open date this week before returning to action in its SEC opener 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Pinecrest.
SCOTLAND 56, ANSON 6
WADESBORO — Scotland limited Anson to 39 yards of offense in the first-half en route to a 56-6 nonconference victory.
The Fighting Scots opening the scoring on Josh McPhatter’s 40-yard touchdown run on the team’s second possession of the game and never looked back. McPhatter added another scoring dash in the third quarter. Jalen McLean had three touchdowns in the victory.
“You need program games like this,” Scotland coach Richard Bailey said to the Laurinburg Exchange. “Good teams beat who they’re supposed to beat and the way they’re supposed to beat them and we did exactly that against Anson.”
Scotland is now 4-1 heading into its open date. The Fighting Scots will return to the gridiron at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 to open their SEC schedule when Purnell Swett visits Pate Stadium.
PINECREST 36, WESTERN HARNETT 7
LILLINGTON — It didn’t take long for Pinecrest to get on the scoreboard in its contest with Western Harnett.
Nick Lacy took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to spark the Patriots to a 36-7 win over the Eagles. Lacy also contributed a 43-yard interception return for a score, it was one of three interceptions thrown by Western Harnett.
The Eagles ended the Patriots’ bid for a shutout when Amani Manning scored on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“I’m really excited for the defense and what they did,” Pinecrest coach Chris Metzger said to The Pilot. “That’s what we have to have.”
Pinecrest (3-2) will battle No. 7 New Hanover at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home before playing host to Lumberton in its SEC opener on Sept. 28.
PURNELL SWETT 34, SOUTH ROBESON 0
PEMBROKE — Andrew Hill rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns to help Purnell Swett end a two-game losing streak with a 34-0 win over South Robeson.
The Rams limited the Mustangs to 27 yards of offense in the contest’s first three quarters. South Robeson finished the game with 28 rushing yards.
“I thought that we got better tonight,” Purnell Swett coach Mark Heil said to The Robesonian. “We had just been so disastrous with mistakes over the last four weeks, but we didn’t self-destruct tonight.”
Purnell Swett improved to 2-3 with the victory and will travel to Scotland in the SEC opener for both schools at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com