Scots roll by Rams
Scotland opens conference play with 48-6 win over Rams
Corbin Ensminger Sports editor
PEMBROKE —Quadrin Williams needed little time to fill the starting running back role for the Scots Friday against Purnell Swett. The junior ran 18 yards for a touchdown on his first carry of the game, then added a 70-yard touchdown and a 37-yard score on the ground. All in the first half.
He was part of an offensive onslaught for Scotland Friday as the Scots put up 48 points on the Rams before halftime and cruised to a 48-6 win.
Williams made the star for Scotland while senior Josh McPhatter continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered in week one. Tre Thomas had been the main back since then, but he was knocked out for the season last week against Goldsboro.
Williams said he only felt a little pressure before the game, and credited his success to his blockers.
“I was just hoping my line would do a good job, and they did,” Williams said. “They made lots of holes for me to go through.”
Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe set the tone for the night immediately, as he ran he ball in from 59 yards out on the first play from scrimmage. He also had a 42-yard rushing score and a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Tyson in the first half before the second-string took over.
All together, Scotland rushed for 341 yards, 285 of which came in the first half. Swett managed just 68 total yards in the first half. Quarterback Thriston Lowry was forced to throw the ball often with his team so far behind. He completed 10 of 37 attempted passes, connecting with Josh Brooks from nine yards out for Swett’s only score with 20 seconds to play.
Swett coach Mark Heil said Scotland was just the better team.
“It’s their athletic speed. They have it everywhere. And we knew that. Our biggest proble was our offensive line couldn’t block their front people because they just went right by us,” Heil said. “They’ve got great athletes. The quarterback is just a premier player and they’ve got really good skill people.
Scotland coach Richard Bailey said he was proud of how well his players executed the gameplan.
“We took what they gave us which meant we had to throw the ball a little bit, but then when we did run it we got some big plays,” Bailey said. “We threw it to get them out of the box so we could run it. Williams did a great job and the offensive line played well.”
Ratliffe threw the ball more than he has in previous games. He completed 7-of-13 for 86 yards and one touchdown.
After the game, Bailey stressed to his team that the win was the first step towards their goal of a conference title.
“Our first goal is the conference championship and I really believe you’ve got to be undefeated to do that. This is the first step on that ladder and we can’t get ahead of ourselves,” Bailey said.
Scotland improves to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference and plays Pinecrest (7-0, 1-0) at home next Friday at 7:30 p.m. It is also the homecoming game.
Swett falls to 2-5 (0-1) and will travel to Richmond (6-1, 1-0) next Friday.
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