ROCKINGHAM — Opening week proved to be a good one for the majority of the schools in the Southeastern Conference.
The league’s teams were 5-1 record in Week 1 with Hoke, Lumberton, Pinecrest and Scotland posting home wins, while Richmond snagged a road victory. Purnell Swett was the only SEC team to fall.
Scotland 52, South View 0
Scotland started its season in a big way against South View.
Quadrin Williams sprinted 48 yards for a touchdown on the opening possession to spark the Fighting Scots to a 52-0 victory over the Tigers. Williams finished the contest with 105 rushing yards and two scores on six carries.
Scotland (1-0) scored 35 points in the opening quarter to pull away from South View.
“We play like that most nights,” Scotland coach Richard Bailey said to the Laurinburg Exchange. “I didn’t hear a lot of ‘Let’s win it for Jaylend (Ratliffe)’ type stuff but in their hearts, trust me, pre-game speeches and stuff kids were touched by this being a game without him. But I don’t think it was any different. We’re going to hit just as hard next Friday too.”
Pinecrest 23, Overhills 12
It wasn’t pretty but Pinecrest will take it.
Quarterback Christian Ledbetter accounted for three touchdowns as Pinecrest rallied for a 23-12 win over Overhills.
Ledbetter passed for two scores and ran for another in the victory. Ledbetter found Bradley Black for a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter. After a 44-yard scamper into the end zone in the third quarter, Ledbetter hooked up with Cam Brown for a 38-yard touchdown pass to close out the scoring for Pinecrest (1-0).
“We are excited to get a win, but this taught us a lot about what we need to do,” Pinecrest coach Chris Metzger said to the Pilot. “We left a lot of things out on the field.”
Lumberton 38, Douglas Byrd 0
The Mike Setzer era at Lumberton got off to a great beginning.
Lumberton racked up 392 yards of offense in a 38-0 victory over Douglas Byrd. It was the first shutout for Lumberton since blanking South View 14-0 in the opening round of the state 4A playoffs on Nov. 13, 2009.
Auston Foley passed for 113 yards and three touchdowns for the Pirates (1-0).
“They were excited just to get the monkey off their back,” Setzer said to The Robesonian. “We’re extremely proud of them obviously, extremely, extremely, proud.”
Hoke 34, Ashley 6
Jacob Rushing made sure new coach Tom Paris got a win his debut.
Rushing ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns on six carries to lead Hoke to a 34-6 win over Ashley.
Quarterback Antonio Peterkin was 11 of 14 for 127 yards and one score in Paris’ spread offense. Michael Aaron had five catches for 95 yards, including the touchdown from Peterkin.
Brandon Smith returned a kickoff 96 yards to account for the other touchdown for the Bucks (1-0).
Pine Forest 35, Purnell Swett 21
Myron Fleming scored three touchdowns and Deomontay Thornton had the go-ahead score as Pine Forest rallied for 35-21 victory over Purnell Swett.
Thristian Lowry threw for two scores and ran for another one for Purnell Swett (0-1) in the loss.
“I felt our team played as hard as any team that we’ve had in a long time,” Purnell Swett coach Mark Heil said to the Robesonian. “I thought Pine Forest was bigger than us and they had some good-looking athletes.”
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