LUMBERTON — Scotland pounded the ball through Lumberton’s defense Thursday night, scoring five touchdowns on the ground as they won 42-0.
Quarterback Jaylnd Ratliffe rushed for three scores in the game, while Josh McPhatter and Trejon Monley added the other two. Monley also scored on a 40-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
The Scots were playing on Halloween night after the schools decided to move the game to avoid inclement weather that is expected in the area today. The change of schedule didn’t have an effect on coach Richard Bailey’s team, as they won easily against the winless Pirates.
Lumberton’s defense was able to prevent Scotland from getting as many explosive plays as they have had in previous games by playing their safties deep. However, Ratliffe did not have a problem moving the chains as he rushed nine times for 89 yards and the three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 10-, 2- and 9- yard runs. McPhatter broke the 100-yard mark with 15 runs for 109 yards. His score came on a 2-yard run on the opening drive.
Last Friday Scotland defeated Hoke County 38-24, but the game was marred by turnovers and unsportsmanlike penalties. Ratliffe threw one interception late against Lumberton, but the Scots did not give up free yards on unsportsmanlike fouls like they did against the Bucks, something that Bailey said he was happy to see.
“I’m proud of the way the team bounced back. I thought we played hard between the whistles. We played physical and had a lot of big hits tonight but we did it the right way and I’m very proud of the way our kids played tonight,” Bailey said.
Lumberton runs an air raid offense, meaning they like to pass the ball often. Quarterback Austen Foley completed 19 of 31 passes for 157 yards, but was unable to find the end zone. It was the first shutout posted by the Scots this season.
Now the Scots turn their attention to the Richmond Raiders, who come to Laurinburg next Friday in a game that will decide the Southeastern Conference.
Linebacker Brandon McMillian, who has been a defensive leader for Scotland, sat out Thursday as he was nursing a sore knee. However, he will likely return Friday, Bailey said, as his benching was more of a precaution than a necessity.
Next Friday’s game at Pate Stadium begins at 7:30 p.m.