LAURINBURG — After coming up short last year at the hands of Cape Fear, the Scotland football team completed the feat it was unable to do last year on Friday night.
The Scots punched their ticket to the NCHSAA 4A state championship game next Saturday against Harding University with a 47-46 win over Hoggard in overtime at home in the East regional final.
In overtime, No. 1-seeded Scotland (12-1) surrendered a touchdown pass on No. 2 seed Hoggard’s (12-1) first play from scrimmage. An extra point made it a seven-point game. The Scots answered on a 2-yard run by quarterback Warren Bell, and then kept the offense out for a winner-take-all two-point conversion.
Bell, much like he done all night against the Vikings’ defense, took the snap, went to the right side outside the tackle and found the end zone to take Scotland back to the state championship game since 2013. Bell rushed for six touchdowns in the win.
He had four in the first three quarters, to go along with another from running back Syheam McQueen to give the Scots a 32-7 lead with 11:20 left in the game, and then the Vikings responded.
Hoggard scored 25 points in over six minutes thanks to two onside kick recoveries, and a defense stop in the final quarter to eventually lead the contest to overtime.
Bell rushed for over 300 yards in the win to put himself over the 2,000-yard mark rushing, giving the Scots two running backs with over 2,000 yards, joining injured running back Zamir White.
The championship game next week will be played at Wake Forest University.