Scots roll behind Ratliffe’s five TDs
by Corbin Ensminger Sports editor
WILMINGTON – Jaylend Ratliffe was responsible for five touchdowns on Friday as Scotland avenged their lost to New Hanover last season with a 42-13 victory. It was another easy win for the Scots as they rolled to a 5-0 record.
New Hanover might have defeated Scotland last season, but this year, things were different. New Hanover is a much younger team — and Ratliffe, a more experienced quarterback.
“We lost on our home field last year so we wanted to come down here and win,” Bailey said. “Ratliffe was in his second game last year, and he is a much better quarterback now. We had a good game plan I think and I felt good about what we tried to do.”
Ratliffe ran three touchdowns into the end zone himself, and threw for two more scores. After a penalty called back Scotland’s opening-drive touchdown, Ratliffe lead his team back down the field on the next possession, scoring on a four-yard run.
He added his second short-run in the second quarter to make it 21-0 before the break; and after halftime, Ratliffe connected with wide receiver Trejon Monley for another score. The signal-caller would hit tight end Dawson Shelley in stride in the end zone.
But it was his final touchdown that was most indicative of what the junior brings to the offense. The play called for Ratliffe to hand the ball off to running back Quadrin Williams — but Ratliffe turned the wrong way, was forced to improvise and scamperd into the corner of the end zone for Scotland’s final touchdown of the night.
“Even when he messes up he scores,” Bailey said. “He opened up the wrong way on one play and ended up running it in for score. We knew it was going to be a grind tonight with so many people in the box.”
Ratliffe rushed 22 times for 108 yards. Running back Tre Thomas also ran the ball into the end zone.
New Hanover was expected to pack the box with linebackers to limit Scotland’s running game, and succeeded. But Bailey said the offensive line played well enough to allow them to keep pounding the ball down the middle.
“Our offensive line did a good job for the most part,” Bailey said. “Ratliffe was Ratliffe, we made good plays when we needed to and our defense played lights out. Good team effort again.”
Monley, who blocked an extra point and almost hit Logan Hatcher for a touchdown pass on a flea flicker, said revenge wasn’t on his mind before the game, but it felt good to win.
“It was maybe in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t really thinking about it that much,” Monley said.
The Scots are off next week. They will host Goldsboro on Oct. 4.
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