LAURINBURG — Sixty-one. That’s how many points Scotland scored in the first half as they demolished Pinecrest 75-28 to stay unbeaten Friday night.
A game between two undefeated teams turned into a rout early as the Scots scored 26 points in the first quarter and 35 in the second. Scotland dominated the Patriots in every aspect of the game, scoring on defense, offense and special teams. By the halftime break Scotland was up 61-0 and had 363 yards of offense compared to Pinecrest’s 13.
The Patriots had a much better second half after Scotland put in their second string defense, but it was not the game coach Chris Metzger and Pinecrest fans were hoping for. The patriots were 7-0 for the first time since 1982 and were seeking to knock off Scotland for the first time since 2009.
Instead, Scotland showed why they are the team to beat in Class 4A. As they have done in every game this season, Scotland scored on their opening drive, this time on a 7-yard rush from Jaylend Ratliffe. He added touchdown runs of 54 and 11 yards before the break. Trejon Monley got in on the action with a 16 yard touchdown catch and a 19 yard rush for a score.
Scotland’s defense wasn’t left out, as Robert McCoy accounted for three touchdowns. He returned a fumble to the endzone on Pinecrest’s second possession and had a 25-yard interception returned to the house. Linebacker Brandon McMillian blocked and returned a punt for another score after sacking quarterback Christian Ledbetter the previous play.
It was a dominate day for Scotland’s defense, which completely shut down the rushing attack of the Patriots. Josh McCoy, Pinecrest’s leading rusher, was held to five yards in the first half. He had over 200 last week against Lumberton.
Defensive coordinator Sean Burnett said the Scots went with a simple game plan, and the players turned in their best performance of the season.
“We went with a basic gameplan, with the offense coach Metzger runs and the quick hit and the option plays I’m not a big fan of blitzing that,” Burnett said. “We played a lot of assignment football. The coaches did an excellent job coaching this week and the kids did a great job executing.”
Scotland coach Richard Bailey said the defense was able to play a lot of man-to-man coverage.
“The defensive coaches did a wonderful job preparing. We felt like we could slow them down,” Bailey said. “The kids executed it and we were focused. We have athletes and once we got into space against their guys we have big advantages in speed.”
Ratliffe rushed eight times for 64 yards and three scores, while completing 7 of 11 passes for 105 yards and another touchdown. Senior running back Josh McPhatter ran 10 times for 72 yards
Scotland finished with 485 yards, while Pinecrest had 282. Scotland is now 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. They will be back at Pate Stadium next Friday to host Hoke County at 7:30 p.m.