Scotland 48 New Hanover 28
Scotland County was too much to handle off the opening kick and used a big lead in the first half to preserve a 48-28 victory over New Hanover at Legion Stadium on Friday night.
Dashaun Ferguson connected on a pair of long touchdown passes in the early stages of the opening period and Zamir White scored from five yards out to give the Scots a 21-0 advantage after 12 minutes of action. Ferguson hit Willie Douglas for a 37-yard strike to put Scotland on the board and Alston Smith grabbed a 35-yard reception for the two-score lead.
Garrett Walston scored from seven yards out for the only Wildcats touchdown of the first half as Scotland County ran off 27 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. White found the end zone three more times in the second quarter and Ferguson threw his third touchdown pass, a 13-yard score to Douglas.
With Scotland in front 48-7, Wiz Vaughn scored a pair of touchdowns for New Hanover, while Javeon Hall capped the scoring late in the fourth quarter.
Burke Estes completed 19-of-30 pass attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown for the Wildcats, who fell to 2-2 overall. Walston had three catches and Vaughn made six receptions for 46 yards and two scores. Traquan Age also had 10 cares for 47 yards and four catches on the night.
New Hanover finishes their non-conference schedule at Purnell Swett on Friday, September 25.
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East Bladen 34 Laney 27
Trailing by seven late in the fourth quarter, Laney came up short on their final drive of the game as East Bladen grabbed a 34-27 win over the Bucs on Friday night.
The Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Trevon Greene scored from one yard out on the final play of the first half to provide some momentum for Laney. An East Bladen fumble early in the third quarter gave the Bucs an opportunity to get back in the ballgame and Greene made the most of it on a touchdown pass to Justin Billingslea to pull within seven with 5:30 left in the frame.
After taking over at midfield on the kickoff, a 49-yard drive on the ensuing possession put the Eagles in front 28-14 until Jamius Beckett scored on a 55-yard run as the seesaw battled continued into the fourth quarter. East Bladen responded with a big pass play to set up an insurance touchdown to make it 35-21 before Greene found the end zone from 11 yards out, while the Bucs defense stood strong to get the back for the Laney’s final drive.
The Bucs fell to 1-4 overall and open conference play at home against Topsail on Friday, September 22.