Wooten's Senior Season Cut Short

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County saw its title hopes disappear with Friday night's 21-17 loss to Matthews (N.C.) Butler. Two missed field goals attempted by Jay Wooten proved to be one of the many hiccups that led to Scotland County's demise.

"I missed [field goals] when we needed them," said Wooten. "It's a rough way to go out. I hate it. I hate for this team to lose, because everybody has put a lot of effort and work. I hate to lose one like that."

Wooten, 6-foot-3 170-pound kicker, converted both of his extra points and a 30-yard field goal, but failed to make field goals of 36 and 27 yards.

"[Both misses] were all on me," said Wooten. "I wasn't making good contact with the ball tonight. Really didn't kick the ball like I should. It hurt big time, [because] we needed it."

On a bright note, all four of Wooten's kickoffs went for touchbacks and out of four punts, two were fair catches and one rolled into the end zone for a touchback. On the night, Wooten unofficially averaged 40.75 yards per punt.

Wooten ends the season with 61 points by converting 40-of-44 extra points (91-completion percent) and 7-of-12 field goals (58-completion percent).

With his senior football season completed, Wooten's focus now is the situation at North Carolina, the school he verbally committed to in May.

Wooten hasn't officially been informed that Butch Davis is North Carolina's next head coach, but he said he's been kept up to date by media outlets and campus sources.

"Everything sounds good, everything sounds like he's a good man for the job so I'm excited about playing for him," said Wooten. "I don't know too much about him. From what I've read, he sounds like a heck of a coach and a great leader so I'm excited about playing for him."

Wooten never wavered in his commitment to North Carolina after the announced departure of John Bunting.

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