LAURINBURG — Scotland is now the lone representative from the Southeastern Conference after the second round of the playoffs. Richmond and Pinecrest, the other two teams from the conference to make the postseason, were both eliminated from the Class 4AA playoff bracket Friday.
The Scots hosted the New Bern Bears for the third playoff game in as many years Friday, and came away with a 43-27 victory. Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe accounted for five total touchdowns — four rushing and one passing — as the Scots avenged last year’s season-ending defeat.
Their next opponent will be Knightdale, which is just outside of Raleigh. Knightdale played Hillside Friday and came away with a 16-15 victory.
The Knights scored a late touchdown to complete a comeback against Hillside. Hillside led 15-3 at one point in the second half, but personal fouls and pass interference calls helped Knightdale move down the field. Eventually quarterback Marquavious Johnson was able to scramble and take off for an 18-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds left to win.
His team will now travel to Laurinburg Friday to face Scotland. That game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Pate Stadium.
Turnovers down Raiders
The Richmond Raiders were on the road in Greensboro taking on Northwest Guilford Friday night, but turnovers doomed them to a 31-12 loss.
Luke Hoggard started the game at quarterback for Richmond, but was pulled in the second half to make way for senior Brent Flowers, who has been out with an injury. He led Richmond on two scoring drives after being subbed in, but it was too late to mount a comeback.
“I thought we had a great game plan against them,” Richmond coach Paul Hoggard told The Richmond County Daily Journal. “We had them in a lot of formations but we put the ball on the ground. I thought if we could execute we could get it into the fourth quarter and get the win.”
Richmond turned the ball over four times in the game, and ends the season with a record of 9-4 overall and 3-2 in the SEC.
Pinecrest dream season ends
At the same time, Pinecrest was seeing its best season in decades come to an end with a 17-10 loss to Wake Forest High School. Quarterback Christian Ledbetter took the Patriots all the way down to the 16-yard line late in the game, but ultimately threw an interception to seal the game.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, Pinecrest’s 11 wins is the most for the program in 43 years.
Pinecrest finishes the year 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. Their only other loss was a 75-28 defeat against Scotland in October.