Scotlandville High exploded for 35 second-quarter points Friday night as the Hornets found little resistance in a 61-0 win over Belaire.
The Hornets (3-0) got two second-quarter scoring runs from Dontraill Hilliard, and added Dondre Dobbins’ 97-yard interception return to lead 42-0 at the half.
Belaire (0-3) moved the ball early, but had problems with penalties and turnovers when it wasn’t being harassed by the Hornets’ defenders.
“Tonight, I was pleased with our offensive line,” Scotlandville coach Ken Hilton said. “I felt like we handled their front, and were able to move them unlike last week.
“We couldn’t really run it last week, but we challenged them this week and they stepped up.”
Hilliard led Scotlandville on the ground with 79 yards on five carries.
Kajandre Domino ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns as Scotlandville wasn’t forced to punt all game.
Belaire quarterback Jarvis York completed 5-of-13 passes for 78 yards, and struggled to keep drives going.
“They were more physical than us,” Belaire coach Jason Wilkins said.
“They were bigger and stronger and faster. They won the battle of the trenches, and that was pretty much the whole game.”
Belaire controlled the ball for more than eight minutes in the first quarter. But on its opening drive, a holding penalty negated a 39-yard pass play that would have brought a first down at the Scotlandville 18.
A Scotlandville personal foul gave Belaire a first at midfield on its next series, but the Bengals’ drive went nowhere. After picking up two first downs in the opening quarter, Belaire managed just two more the rest of the game.
“We didn’t have to punt tonight, and that was a plus,” Hilton said. “We’ve been on the road for three weeks, and after the game last week I just felt like we were flat. Hopefully, next week we’ll start better than that.”
Despite the slow start, Scotlandville made Belaire pay every time it had the ball. The Hornets scored touchdowns on five first-half possessions, and added a sixth on Dobbins’ interception return.
The Hornets forced a Belaire punt to open the game, and promptly drove 73 yards for their first score. Domino carried six times for 30 yards to spark the drive.
Kimani Smith finished off the drive with a 3-yard scoring run, and the Hornets led 7-0 with 5:05 left in the first quarter.
Following a short Belaire punt, Scotlandville began its second possession at midfield. This time Scotlandville used seven plays to cover 56 yards. Hilliard took an inside handoff 15 yards to paydirt.
On its first second-quarter series, Belaire lost a backward pass that was ruled a fumble. Starting at the BHS 27, Scotlandville scored in six plays, the last a 3-yard touchdown run by Domino.
The lead grew to 27-0 midway through the second on Hilliard’s 37-yard run before the
wheels began to come off for Belaire.
After a Belaire punt for minus 15 yards, Keith Dawson’s 13-yard touchdown run made it 35-0 with 3:27 left in the half.