LAURINBURG — The Scotland-Richmond varsity tilt next week won’t be the only game with a potential conference championship on the line.
The Scots junior varsity squad continued its undefeated season Thursday to set up a battle of unbeatens next week against the Raiders in Rockingham. Scotland routed Lumberton 38-0 at Pate Stadium and Richmond matched that win with a 27-7 victory against Pinecrest. Scotland is 9-0 and Richmond is 8-0 heading into their pivotal rivalry contest.
The Scots jumped out to a 32-0 halftime lead against the visiting Pirates and led 38-0 before inserting their backups in the fourth quarter.
Scotland’s Syheam McQueen scored the first touchdown of the game when he galloped for a 21-yard score. Khalil Smith set up the run with a long gain on the ground in what became a theme throughout the contest as the Scots’ offensive and defensive lines dominated the trenches.
“Our forte is the line of scrimmage,” said Scotland coach Michael Sellers.
Smith reached the end zone from 15 yards out later in the quarter to put the Scots up 16-0. Scotland converted every 2-point try after each touchdown except for its final score in the third quarter.
McQueen accounted for two more touchdowns in the second quarter — he threw a 21-yard score to Lawerence Jackson and reached the end zone on an 8-yard run.
In the second half, McQueen punctuated his performance with a 65-yard touchdown where he broke multiple tackles and tip-toed down the sideline before crossing the pylon.
Lumberton’s offense was as ineffective as its defense, crossing midfield two times and never threatening to breach the end zone.
Richmond trounced Scotland in the meeting last season in Laurinburg but the Scots are a much-improved team since a year ago.
“The Lumberton coach told me after the game that it’s going to be a very good game,” Sellers said. “He thinks that Richmond is faster than us but they’re not anywhere close to being as physical as us. So it’s going to be a game where we have to keep our turnovers down and we have to do what we do and not get caught up with what they do.”
The Scots head into unfriendly confines to play the Raiders, but Sellers said his players are ready for what should be a big-time atmosphere.
“We’ve responded on the road, we’re going to make sure we dot our I’s and cross out T’s and be prepared for the forte of Richmond County and that is the quick and vertical game,” he said.
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