Scotland County thumps Southern
Scotland County looked every bit the 4-A state title contender on Friday at Southern.
The Scots had a safety, a kickoff return touchdown and a blocked punt touchdown return all before halftime in building a 43-10 lead. The Spartans battled in the second half but came up on the losing end of a 53-31 final in the non-conference game.
Scotland quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe set up the game’s first score on the opening drive with a 52-yard run. He gave the Scots the lead one play later with a 3-yard plunge. On the next drive, he ran right up the middle for a 78-yard gain and one play later, Scotland had a two-touchdown lead with 6:42 to play in the first quarter.
Things quickly turned sour for Southern when the next drive, which began at the Spartans 4-yard line, resulted in a safety when the snap caused Southern’s punter to step out of the end zone.
Ratliffe made the score 23-0 on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Logan Hatcher as the first quarter came to an end. Ratliffe would end the night with 168 rushing yards on just nine carries in his lone half of action.
Southern drove for a field goal on its ensuing drive, only to allow a 90-yard touchdown return by Robert McKoy on the kickoff.
Scotland eventually built the lead to 43-3 before Southern’s Toney Bass finally found the end zone on a 5-yard run late in the second quarter.
Kendall Hinton ran for 112 yards on 10 carries while passing for 267. His favorite target on the night, Maurice Trowell caught eight passes for 127 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown.
Scotland Co. 53, Southern 31
SC—Jaylend Ratliffe 3 run (Ben Utter kick), 9:56
SC—Trejon Monley 15 run (Utter kick), 6:42
SC—Logan Hatcher 4 pass from Ratliffe (Utter kick), 0:00
S—Leonardo Orozco 32 field goal, 8:22
SC—Robert McKoy 90 kickoff return (Utter kick), 8:06
SC—Quadrin Williams 7 run (Utter kick), 6:05
SC—K.J. Leggett 27 blocked punt return (kick blocked), 4:38
S—Toney Bass 5 run (Orozco kick), 1:37
S—Bass 3 run (Orozco kick), 6:52
SC—Utter 26 field goal, 1:35
S—Maurice Trowell 56 pass from Kendall Hinton (Orozco kick), :35.7
SC—Williams 6-yard run (Kick good), 8:04
S—Hinton 37-yard run (Orozco kick), 7:08
RUSHING—S, Ratliffe 9-168, Williams 11-149, Jalen McLean 14-77, Tre Thomas 6-24, Monley 1-15, Ty McLaurin 1-10. SD, Hinton 10-112, Bass 13-80, William Cameron 8-52, Jordan Brown 1-0.
PASSING—S, Ratliffe 3-5-0-44, McLean 0-2-0-0. SD, Hinton 23-48-0-267, Gregory Washington 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING—S, Hatcher 2-22, McLaurin 1-22. SD, Trowell 8-127, Brown 3-42, Kerry Ivory 2-37.
Records—Scotland 4-0, Southern 1-2.