Re: "... said the latter while ... said the former"
Scones are different from biscuits. I would never have gravy on a scone. A scone has eggs and usually a bit of sugar, and often things in it - blueberries or cheese or some other flavor. I make a wonderful apple-cinnamon scone. I make a good ham and cheese scone too.
Biscuits are flour, butter, something to make it rise, and milk. They are fluffier than scones and are indeed lovely with gravy. In fact, I"m making biscuits and gravy for breakfast tomorrow. You still have time to get here.
Scone rhymes with bone in the US.
On the scone (gone)/scone (bone) debate, all the American speakers said the latter while two-thirds of British English-speakers said the former.
This says that all of the American speakers used the second (the latter) pronunciation that rhymes with "bone" and that 2/3 of the British speakers used the first (the former) pronunciation that rhymes with "gone." Note that probus says that the British say "scone" to rhyme with "bone" as well, so I don't know where the "rhymes with gone" speakers are.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.