DURHAM — The only thing that stopped Scotland in the first half Friday night was the clock. And the Scots probably would have scored again if they had tried when they got the ball back with just over a minute to go before the half.
It was that kind of night for the coach Richard bailey and his team as the Scots defeated Southern High School 53-31.
The Scots were already up 43-10 at the halftime break, scoring on every possession except for the last when they let the time run out to head to the locker room.
Scotland got on the board just two minutes into the game when quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe ran the ball into the endzone from three yards out. Ratliffe had run for 78 yards on the previous play, the second of the game.
Trejon Monley also added a 23-yard rushing touchdown in the first half.
Every facet of the team clicked in Durham Friday. Robert McKoy ran a kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and K.J. Leggett returned a block punt 30 yards after Brandon McMillian blocked the kick.
Scotland coach Richard Bailey said the team tries to be good in every area.
“We pride ourselves on trying to be good at everything, not just being a great offensive team or defensive team,” Bailey said.
Ratliffe carried the ball a total of nine times for 166 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 34 yards and a score.
The Scots had a boost on offense with the return of starting guard Cordell Campbell, who missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle. His return helped solidify Scotland’s run attack. Two of the guards who have had to step up to fill in for other guys had great games as well, Bailey said.
“We’re obviously disappointed not to have Dre (Rivers) but Timon McMillian did well. I thought Brian Bangs got in there in the second half and did some good things, so I was proud of him,” Bailey said.
Bailey elected to pull his starters after the break, putting a backup in at every position he could. Then Southern started to put up points. Bailey put the backups in for the last few possessions to ensure the victory, but said the game provided valuable experience to the backup players.
“I hate to put the starters back in but they made it three scores with seven minutes left because they were scoring at will against our backups,” Bailey said. “It was a team effort. The first half went about as well as it could possibly go. The backups let it get ugly in the second, but you want those guys to play. They deserve to play and I’m glad they could get in.”
Second-string quarterback Jaleel McLean ran the ball 13 times for 83 yards as he lead the Scots for the final two quarters.
“Jaleel’s a tough kid. He’s a very good football player, great kid and great personality, and he got good experience,” Bailey said.