LUMBERTON — The Fighting Scots suited up for the Battle of the Carolinas Football Classic on Wednesday evening at Lumberton High School.
The Scots took on 2A East Bladen in the second game of the five-game program and easily topped the Eagles, 35-0. The teams played two 15-minute quarters with a running clock and a five-minute halftime in between. The game started with the ball placed on the 30-yard line and East Bladen had the first offensive possession.
The Eagles moved the ball well until a slightly under-thrown pass by East Bladen’s quarterback was intercepted by Scotland’s Amir McNeil and taken down to the 10-yard line.
The Scots didn’t waste any time getting into the end zone as senior quarterback Sergio Gibson handed the ball off to junior running back Zamir White. White bobbed and weaved through tackles as he scampered into the end zone. The rush was impressive, but Scotland coaches told White to stop tip-toeing and just run the ball.
White would score one more rushing touchdown to put the Scots up 14-0 before he and the other offensive and defensive starters were pulled from the game, to avoid unnecessary pre-season injuries.
Gibson looked comfortable behind center for the Scots, calling out plays and throwing the ball to several different receivers including senior Barry White and junior Lawrence Jackson.
The Scots defense got off to a rocky start, allowing East Bladen to move the ball well during their first possession — until the McNeil interception.
Following the interception the defense tightened up and managed to keep East Bladen in the middle of the field.
The Scots were back in action Thursday morning as they traveled to Northern Durham for another scrimmage. The team will open their season next Friday, Aug. 19 at South View. Kick off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.