LAURINBURG — The Scotland High School football team finished their first full week of practice Friday morning as they gear up for a busy week.
The Scots are scheduled to practice Monday and Tuesday before heading to Lumberton High School for the second annual Battle of the Carolinas Football Classic, which pits teams from North and South Carolina against each other, on Aug. 10. The Scots will then head to Northern Durham for a scrimmage on Aug. 11 and followed by picture day on Aug. 12.
Scotland taking on East Bladen at 6 p.m. will be the second game of the night at the Lumberton jamboree. Fairmont and Lakeview will kick things off at 5 p.m., followed by West Brunswick and Latta at 7 p.m.. The late games will feature Purnell Swett vs. Dillon at 8 p.m. and Lumberton vs. Marlboro at 9 p.m.
Before all of that, the Southeastern Conference football coaches and players will converge on Bayonet Golf Course at Puppy Creek on Sunday afternoon for media day.
After five straight conference championships Scotland appears to be the runaway favorite to win the conference yet again — thanks to junior running back Zamir White.
White was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 after compiling 2,145 yards and 41 touchdowns on 260 carries. White also had four receptions for 50 yards and two more scores. The Scots work horse averaged 8.3 yards per carry and eclipsed the 100-yard mark in 11 of the 12 games he suited up for. White rushed for a season-high 302 yards and six touchdowns in Scotland’s win over Independence last season.
The Scots topped last year’s media and coaches poll — earning all eight first-place media votes and five of the six SEC coaches votes. Pinecrest took second, Richmond found themselves in third and Lumberton landed in fourth. Hoke and Purnell rounded out the voting in fifth and sixth place.