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September 2, 2013LAURINBURG - Scotland County (2-0) looked unstoppable as they routed Jack Britt (1-1) 52-21 Friday night.
With both teams coming into the contest ranked top five in the state it was expected to be an instant classic. The Scotland offense would soon prove to be too much on this night.
The offense for the Fighting Scots led by quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe, looked comfortable all night as they piled the points on Jack Britt. Scotland dominated this game from the opening kickoff scoring on every possession in the first half.
Ratliffe had his part on every touchdown early starting on the Scots first drive when he took the ball on the speed option to the edge and made a perfect pitch to Ty McLaurin for an easy eight yard touchdown.
Britt would be able to answer early responding with a 59 yard touchdown run from receiver Edmund Grant out of the wildcat.
It wouldn't take long for Scotland to take control for good. On their next possession they took a 14-7 lead with a Ratliffe touchdown run from 11 yards out on the read option. He scored untouched as he fooled the defense with his fake handoff. "Watching film I knew the ends would pinch a lot and I would have opportunity to run and get outside," said Ratliffe.
Scotland would quickly score again after a blocked punt set them up with great field position. They turned the big play quickly into points with a 30 yard screen pass for a touchdown. They now lead 21-7 early in the second quarter.
Britt still fighting would break another big run for a touchdown, this time from running back Eric Carter for 55 yards down the sideline. Even with the score Scotland still held the momentum with the offense firing on all cylinders and the defense playing well except for the two long runs.
Scotland once again scored quickly with Ratliffe delivering the ball all over the field. He completed his second passing touchdown to Tyrieke Smith for 29 yards giving Scotland a 28-14 lead headed into the half.
With Britt only down two scores at half seemed fortunate for how they had played. The offense struggled aside from the two huge plays and the defense hadn't come close to stopping Scotland's high powered offense. "We played really well on offense, offense played lights out from the get go. We have good skill guys and our athletes just made plays," said Scotland coach Richard Bailey.
Scotland received the ball first in the second half and scored quickly on another receiver screen pass. The screens worked throughout the night with tremendous blocking from everyone. The 15 yard touchdown pass gave Scotland a 35-14 lead early in the second half.
This score broke the camel's back for Britt, already in trouble throughout the night. Everything seemed to unravel completely after the opening drive of the second half.
Ratliffe would only stay in the game for a series longer; his final possession would be a huge play. Scotland had been running variations of screens all night when they finally had sucked the Britt defense close.
Ratliffe took the snap and pump faked the quick screen then heaving it downfield 59 yards for a touchdown.
Ratliffe's night was over with over 5:00 left in the third quarter. He had led his team to a 42-14 lead and was 12-14 passing for 191 yards and four passing touchdowns. He added 85 yards on the ground and a score. "A lot of people key in on me and I use the athletes surrounding me, I look like a superstar using them. Hitting them on a hot pass and letting them make plays," said Ratliffe.
Scotland would go on to win by a final of 52-21, their first punt didn't occur until midway through the fourth quarter with backups manning the field.
Carter for Britt had a solid night rushing finishing with 168 yards and a touchdown. Grant also had a strong night with 116 yards on the ground. Britt was able to move the ball some on the ground but never managed to get any passing game to work.
A player that really stood out was Scotland cornerback Trejon Monley, he is a very explosive athlete that excelled on defense and in the return game. He returned a punt over 70 yards for a touchdown that was later called back for a penalty. He did explode for a 60 yard touchdown pass on a screen pass where he showed excellent speed and vision. "He is probably one of the top 10 athletes in this state, without a doubt. Nobody knows much about him but he is a gifted football player," said Bailey.
Scotland County will travel to Marlboro SC next Friday continuing a very difficult non-conference schedule.
Jack Britt will return home next week to face Douglas Byrd (1-1).
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