Dec 21, 2011
A perfect 15-0 record and a 42-16 drubbing of Porter Ridge in the 4A state championship game earned the Scotland High School football team some hardware, some respect and a whole lot of attention Tuesday.
The Fighting Scots were one of just 50 teams nationwide to be honored with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy as part of the seventh annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions.
Scotland County finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final CarolinaPreps.com poll and No. 32 in the MaxPreps Freeman rankings of more than 16,000 high school football teams.
The Army National Guard Ranking Trophy honors the nation’s top 50 teams in the final Freeman poll, a computer program that ranks teams based on quality wins, margin of victory and strength of schedule.
Led by quarterback Kwashaun Quick and defensive lineman Kris Tindall, who were each named to the NCPreps.com All-State team, the Scots outscored their opponents 653-187. Averaging a 31-point win on the year, Scotland County held its opponents to eight points or less eight times and recorded two shutouts while eclipsing 35 points in all but two games.
"Being recognized by the Army National Guard and MaxPreps is huge for us," Scotland County head coach Chip Williams said. "It substantiates all of the hard work, commitment and dedication the team has put into the program. It is also huge for our community, we get lots of support from them."
In their state championship game victory over Porter Ridge, the Scots rallied from a 13-7 halftime deficit, rolling off 35 second half points against the Pirates of Porter Ridge. Quick threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
It was the first state championship for the Scots and the first for Williams, who is in his fourth season at the school.
Scotland received the award Tuesday during a pep rally that featured the team, Williams and athletic director Tommy Britt.
SFC James English of the North Carolina Army National Guard and MaxPreps territorial manager David Dilda presented the trophy.
"It is our pleasure to support this program and honor these teams, players, coaches, schools and parents," LTC Williams Dones of the Army National Guard said. "They exhibit characteristics we hold dear in the National Guard, such as character, talent, and courage."