Scotland County has the nation’s top senior running back, especially in the clutch.
Georgia-bound Zamir White rumbled for 212 yards, including 147 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, in the Fighting Scots’ 40-27 win against West Mecklenburg Friday in a non-conference game at West.
White, who carried the ball 13 times in the second half, ripped off a 66-yard scoring run in the third quarter to give Scotland County a 26-13 lead, then closed the competitive phase with a 10-yard dagger early in the fourth for a 34-20 bulge. As the game wore on, the 6-1, 220-pounder wore down the Hawks’ defense to the point where Scotland County attempted a single pass after halftime.
White’s sidekick, Syheam McQueen, rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries and scored a pair of first-half touchdowns to pace the Scots to a 20-10 intermission advantage. The Scots controlled the pace by engaging their ground attack, which churned out 179 yards on 23 attempts. McQueen led the way with 67 yards and a couple of scores on nine carries while White added 65 yards on as many carries.
West Mecklenburg, which took its first loss of the season, climbed to within 14-10 in the second quarter on J’Mari Taylor’s 5-yard sweep around left end before Warren Bell connected with Jhamari Smith from 39 yards out to give the Scots a 10-point bulge.
Records: Scotland County is 2-1. West Mecklenburg is 4-1.
Three who mattered
Warren Bell: Scotland County quarterback ran for 45 yards on eight carries, and accounted for a touchdown with his only completion from scrimmage with a 39-yard strike to Jhamari Smith in the second quarter.
Tyler Barnes: West Mecklenburg receiver snagged five passes for 72 yards and a score.
Zamir White: Scotland County tailback ran for 212 yards on 22 carries with three scores in the second half to control the game’s tempo.
▪ West Mecklenburg forced a pair of Scotland County turnovers in the first half, resulting in Christian Alverez’ 42-yard field goal.
▪ Scotland County ran for 414 yards on 50 carries, an average of 8.2 yards an attempt.
▪ West Mecklenburg generated 403 yards of total offense, 245 after halftime.
What's next: Scotland County travels next Friday against Jack Britt. West Mecklenburg will visit Harding.