ROCKINGHAM — Scotland and Lumberton got an early start to the week because of the threat of rain, while the other four Southeastern Conference schools will hit the field tonight.
The Fighting Scots and the Pirates are teams heading in opposite directions. Scotland is now 10-0 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC, while Lumberton fell to 0-10 overall and 0-4 in the league following Thursday’s 42-0 loss.
Richmond Senior will try to keep pace with their rivals to the east and force the third consecutive season-ending battle for the conference title. Pinecrest, on the other hand, will move into a tie for second with Richmond with a victory tonight.
Hoke County heads to Purnell Swett with a chance to keep its faint playoff hopes alive with a win and a Pinecrest loss. The Rams, despite being winless in three conference games, can also keep their postseason bid intact by stopping the Bucks and have the Raiders win.
Hoke County at Purnell Swett
Coaches: Milton Butts, Hoke. Mark Heil, Purnell Swett.
Records: Hoke 2-7, 1-2. Purnell Swett 2-7, 0-3.
Last Game: Scotland needed to overcome turnovers and penalties to outlast Hoke 38-24. Pinecrest rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat Purnell Swett 51-34.
Tidbits: Jacob Rushing continues to lead the way for Hoke on ground. The sophomore has rushed for 563 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games. Senior Jamal Darden is adding 448 yards and five scores for the Bucks. In its three SEC games, Hoke is averaging 28.3 points a game. Purnell Swett found its scoring touch after being limited to six points in losses to Richmond and Scotland. The Rams exploded for a season-high 34 points against Pinecrest. Quarterback Thriston Lowry passed for four touchdowns in the defeat.
Scotland 42, Lumberton 0
LUMBERTON — Scotland recorded its first shutout of the season in a 42-0 win over Lumberton Thursday night.
The game was switched because of a storm system expected to move through the area today.
The Fighting Scots, ranked second in the state, improves to 10-0 on the year and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Pirates are still winless in their 10 games and are 0-4 in the SEC.
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