The Fighting Scots lost a conference game for the first time since 2010.

Devante Wedlock channeled Migos on Friday night against Scotland.

After saying last week that Seventy-First would be ready for the Scots, Wedlock backed up his verbal claims with a pair of touchdowns as the Falcons earned a 21-6 victory.

After the win, Wedlock repeated lyrics from a certain song by the trio of rappers that make up the music group Migos.

“Walk it like I talk it,” Wedlock said with a smile.

With his effort, the senior leader helped the Falcons (6-1, 3-0 Sandhills 4-A Conference) snap a six-game skid against Scotland (3-3, 2-1), which lost its first league game since 2010.

After a scoreless first half, Seventy-First’s defense turned four takeaways into 21 points, and Wedlock scored on runs of 3 and 15 yards.

“We had to turn it up a notch. In the second half, we had to turn it up and keep going,” said Wedlock, who rushed for 58 yards on 10 carries.

“The confidence comes from within the team with what we’ve got. We’ve got to build on what we have. We need wins, wins, wins.”

Head coach Duran McLaurin praised his players for overcoming two first-half turnovers and quickly shifted the spotlight to defensive coordinator Jermaine Harper.

“We did a good job tonight. All of those kids played well, but this guy right here deserves all of the credit,” said McLaurin, who put his arm around Harper in that moment.

“I tell everyone all of the time that he’s going to make a great head coach. He showed his prowess tonight. He deserves to do all the talking tonight. He’s the man.”

Harper obliged, but focused on the effort of his guys, led by Wedlock.

“They came out, executed and did everything we ask as coaches. I’m proud of them, man,” Harper said.

“Guys like Devante that were here last year and took some of the lumps against teams like Scotland, they’re the leaders of the team. They push the guys during practice and make big-time plays when we need it.”

After the Falcons fumbled on their first possession of the third quarter, cornerback Joseph Ferguson picked up the offense with an interception to shift the momentum back to the hosts. Wedlock scored on the next play from 3 yards out for the first points of the night.

A muffed punt for the Scots turned into a 6-yard touchdown run for Alex Williams, with Wedlock running in the two-point conversion to help Seventy-First carry a 14-0 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The final takeaway of the night turned into the final touchdown for the Falcons when Wedlock powered through several would-be tacklers for a 15-yard touchdown.

The Scots, who saw their 39-game winning streak in conference play come to an end, scored their lone touchdown on a 60-yard pass from Mandrell Johnson to Jhamari Smith for the final tally.

 

Staff writer Rodd Baxley can be reached at rbaxley@fayobserver.com or 910-418-3519.

 

SEVENTY-FIRST 21, SCOTLAND 6

SCOTLAND;0;0;0;6—6

SEVENTY-FIRST;0;0;14;7—21

SF — Devante Wedlock 3 run (kick failed)

SF — Alex Williams 6 run (Wedlock run)

SF — Wedlock 15 run (Raymond Grate kick)

S — Jhamari Smith 60 pass from Mandrell Johnson (run failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: S — McQueen 20-91, McKoy 13-54. SF — Wedlock 10-58, Davis 4-46.

Passing: S — Johnson 3-5-0, 75. SF — Davis 3-13-1, 76.

Receiving: S — Chavis 5-40, Smith 2-59. SF — Williams 2-58.

Records: Scotland 3-3, 2-1, Seventy-First 6-1, 3-0.