Pinecrest goes to 5-0, handles Cavs 56-20
Pinecrest moved to 5-0 on the season, sending Southern Lee (1-4) to its fourth straight defeat, 56-20, Friday night at Southern Lee.
The Cavaliers came out strong, looking for an upset win at home, but they were unable to convert on trips into the red zone on their first two possessions.
On its first possession of the game, Southern Lee was stopped on fourth and goal at the 6-yard line when quarterback Emond Caldwell threw incomplete.
On their second possession, the Cavaliers moved to the Pinecrest 16-yard line on a 40-yard pass from Caldwell to Damien Brown. A personal foul, one of three that Southern Lee was flagged for on the night, moved the Cavs back and led to a missed field goal.
After avoiding those two close calls to open the game, Pinecrest quarterback Christian Ledbetter led the Patriots on back-to-back touchdown drives. Ledbetter scored on a 6-yard touchdown run, then hit Anthony Whitfield on a 48-yard scoring pass to put Pinecrest up 14-0, and the Patriots never looked back.
Ledbetter added a 28-yard touchdown pass to Whitfield in the third quarter. He was 5-of-11 for 135 yards on the night. Four of his passes were to Whitfield, who had 132 receiving yards.
Pinecrest did most of their damage on the ground, however. The Patriots rushed for nearly 350 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per rush. Troy Roper had a 43-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter. Josh McCoy led both teams with 95 rushing yards, including a 7-yard tackle-breaking scoring run with 11 seconds to go in the first half.
Backup quarterback Bradley Black, who played much of the second half, rushed for two touchdowns, and backup running back Chris Collins added one to cap the scoring.
For Southern Lee, Caldwell led a pair of late scoring drives to finish 15 for 32 for 231 yards, but he struggled with accuracy for much of the night. He was intercepted twice, but he had three touchdown passes, to Kevin McLeod, Aaron Blockmon, and Donte Jennings. The 31-yard pass to McLeod and 59-yarder to Blockman both came late in the game, after the Cavaliers trailed 42-6.
Blockmon was held in check most of the night but finished with four catches for 95 yards.
Bright spots for Southern Lee included three forced turnovers, all on Pinecrest fumbles, and nearly 150 rushing yards, averaging 4.3 yards a carry. Monte McLean led the team with 90 yards on the ground
The defense had no answers for the Patriots’ attack, however, as Pinecrest put up a season-high point total, eclipsing the 55 it scored against Parkland last week. The Cavaliers have put up 103 points in the last four weeks, but lost all four games.
Pinecrest hosts Durham Jordan next week. Southern Lee travels to Fayetteville Douglas Byrd.