LAURINBURG — It was another methodical win for the Scots Friday as they beat Goldsboro 35-14 behind four rushing touchdowns.
Despite the win, Scotland coach Richard Bailey said he was not pleased with the effort during the game.
“We did not play well at all. We played well in the first quarter, but we didn’t pay 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,” Bailey said.
Scotland was heavily favored against the Class 2A Goldsboro school. The Scots pounded the ball on the ground for three scores in the first quarter to put the game out of reach early, but were not able to keep up that pace for the rest of the game.
Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe had another good night on the ground and in the air. Ratliffe rushed 11 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns. His first score came from six yards out and the second from four.
He also completed 4-of-6 passes for 105 yards, highlighted by a 43-yard bomb to Trejon Monley.
Monley was dangerous on special teams all night as well. He returned a punt 34 yards for another score. Goldsboro was expecting it, as they elected to kick the ball out of bounds twice on the opening kick before finally kicking it in bounds in a bizarre start to the game. Monley returned the ball to Goldsboro’s 49-yard line once he finally got the ball in his hands.
Senior running back Josh McPhatter returned to the field for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain in the season opener. McPhatter started for Scotland and ran seven times for 47 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Scots, the game took on a somber tone in the second quarter after running back Tre Thomas, who has been carrying the bulk of the load while McPhatter was out, had to leave the game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Bailey said Thomas’ injury caused some players to play not to get hurt, which is often more dangerous.
“We started playing tentatively. We can’t play like that,” Bailey said.
“I’ll take the blame. I’m proud that we won the football game but I wanted to win because we played better and executed, and we didn’t,” Bailey said. “I’m never going to blame the kids. The kids are a reflection of the coaches and we didn’t have them prepared.”
Scotland is now 6-0 this season as they prepare to open conference play at Purnell Swett next Friday. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.