Combine marks start of summer football

Dashaun Ferguson (left) and Zamir White will participate in Scotland’s first 7-on-7 scrimmage of the season at Pinecrest next Tuesday. This week is the final week of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association-mandated dead period before the Scots open summer practice on Monday.

LAURINBURG — Scotland High School hosted the final Shrine Bowl combine of the season on Saturday, marking the beginning of summer football practice for the Scots.

Scotland had six representatives try out for a spot on the North Carolina all-star squad — quarterback Dashaun Ferguson, offensive linemen Jquan Breeden and Timon McMillan, defensive lineman Mazani Stubbs, linebacker Jonathan Smith and defensive back Trevon Gibson.

In all, 81 players worked out at the combine with the hopes of earning one of the 44 roster spots on the North Carolina team. On Dec. 19, the state’s elite players will travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to compete against the all-stars from the Palmetto State.

Scotland also hosted physicals for its football players Saturday in preparation for the coming season.

This week is the final week of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s mandated dead period before the Scots open summer practice on Monday. Scotland will hold its first official summer practice at 10 a.m. after putting in a morning lifting session at 7:15 a.m.

The following day, the Scots will travel to Southern Pines at 9 a.m for 7-on-7 competitions at Pinecrest High before heading over to Dillon High in South Carolina at 6 p.m. for further 7-on-7 scrimmages.

Scotland are scheduled to have team competitions on June 17 and June 24 along with more 7-on-7 drills at Pinecrest and Dillon on June 23 before a week-long dead period begins June 28 and ends July 6.

Three more team competitions are set to take place on July 8, 15 and 29, and the Scots will make the short trek over to St. Andrews University for a two-day camp from July 24-25.

The first day of August signals the first official day of practice for the Scots, who will take the practice field seven times in an eight-day span leading up to the team’s kickoff cookout on Aug. 8.

Scotland will play in two scrimmages leading up to the regular-season opener — on Aug. 12, the Scots will head to Northern High in Durham at 5 p.m., then compete in the Jamboree on Aug 15.

Sixteen teams from across the region are slated to go head-to-head at the jamboree in a unique scrimmage format, as each game will consist of two halves and the full 100-yard field. Punts and kicks are allowed, though they will not be live.

Northern Durham will square off with Enloe at noon to begin the jamboree, and five other games are set to take place before Scotland battles Millbrook at 7:30 p.m.

The Scots jayvee squad will take the field first on Aug. 20 in a road game at South View, then Scotland opens its regular season with a home contest against the Tigers on Aug. 21.

Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.