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11/11/2017 6:39:00 AM
Football Playoffs Round One
(Top) Tyshawn Harris (#3) carried the ball 35 times for 257-yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 37-yards for another score Friday night as the Wolves defeated Graham. (Middle) Tyreke Hollis (#5) not only scored a touchdown, he had three interceptions in the second half for the Wolves and (Bottom) Terrell McClain (#7) had three touchdowns for the night.
(Top) Tyshawn Harris (#3) carried the
ball 35 times for 257-yards and a
touchdown and returned a punt 37-yards
for another score Friday night as the
Wolves defeated Graham. (Middle) Tyreke
Hollis (#5) not only scored a touchdown,
he had three interceptions in the second
half for the Wolves and (Bottom)
Terrell McClain (#7) had three
touchdowns for the night.

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Lincolnton 39, Graham 19

(Photos Courtesy of Kirk Herbertson)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Lincolnton 39, Graham 19 
Tyshawn Harris is a horse. Never mind that he only weighs 155 pounds; just ask the defenses that have tried to stop him this year. The Lincolnton Wolves rode Harris to another victory on Friday night in the first round of the playoffs. Harris carried the ball 35 times for 257-yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 37-yards for another score as the Wolves defeated Graham.

LHS built an early 18-0 lead on the Harris punt return, a 4-yard run by quarterback Terrell McClain and Harris's 6-yard TD run early in the second quarter.

A 73-yard pick-six interception return by Graham cut that lead, but the Wolves countered with a four-yard touchdown run by McClain. This time, Brian Sedano kicked the EP and the score was 25-6. Graham then scored on a 23-yard run and kicked the extra point to make the halftime score 25-13. They threatened again after the Wolves failed to make a fourth down play late in the half and a hurry-up offense by the Red Devils had them poised to score again but time ran out.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Graham closed the margin to 25-19 with 9:17 left in the game.

Tyreke Hollis then ran 4-yards to make it 32-19. McClain scored again with just 25 seconds left to produce the final score.

In addition to Harris's great night, McClain had three TDs and Hollis not only scored a touchdown--he had three interceptions in the second half for the Wolves.

Lincolnton, now 6-6 on the season, will travel to Tabor City to play South Columbus next Friday. The Stallions beat Wheatmore 14-0 on Friday. Tabor City is located on the North Carolina-South Carolina border south of Whiteville and north of Conway, SC. It's a three-and-a-half hour drive from Lincolnton. The Stallions only loss this year was to Whiteville, the Three Rivers Conference champ (also winners in the first round of the playoffs). They've averaged almost 50 points per game and scored over 50 in five of their 11 wins.

Planning on going? Take Highway 74 East out of Charlotte all the way to the Chadbourn exit (NC410), then continue on NC-410 south through Chadbourn and take a left on Sidney-Cherry Grove Road, then a right on Vinegar Hill Road, left on US701 and a right on Stallion Drive. It's a long, long way! A little simpler, although it may take a little longer, is to stay on US74 until just before Whiteville, take the US701 bypass south and go just about 30 miles to Stallion Drive. {That's the way I'd go.]

Reidsville 51, West Lincoln 0
Mt. Pleasant 35, East Lincoln 0

Fred T. Foard 16, Maiden 0 
That sound people heard around Propst Crossroads Friday night was not an earthquake. It was the fans of the Fred T. Foard Tigers celebrating a first-round playoff win over arch-rival Maiden.

They were cheering so loud at Plateau, you could probably hear them in Brookford. I'm not sure, but I think the last time the Tigers beat the Blue Devils on their home field was 2008, and before that it was the early 1980s.

The two teams traditionally play early in the season; they played the first game this year and Maiden won 37-14 as Keygan Mayfield scored four touchdowns and the Devils' defense forced five turnovers.

Foard had improved steadily all season, and it was their defense that stopped Mayfield and the Blue Devils Friday night in giving the Tigers a playoff win.

With Maiden averaging almost 40 points per game and Foard averaging almost 40 in their last three games going into the playoffs, many had thought it would be a high-scoring affair. The Tigers opened the game with a quick five-play drive that put them ahead 8-0 after a two-point conversion just over two minutes into the game.

On the second play from scrimmage, quarterback Jack Colosimo threw a pass to Daniel Lackey who was forced out of bounds on the Maiden 8-yard line and out of the game with a leg injury.

Tate Beaver scored on a one-yard plunge over right guard, then took a direct snap from center and ran for the two-point conversion to give Foard an 8-0 lead.

It appeared that on their first possession, the Blue Devils would also score. Lee Turner, playing in place of the injured Kentrell Williams, got Maiden down to the Foard one-yard line.

Foard defenders stopped Turner for no gain on first and second downs and then on third-and-goal from the one, Dallas Pena and Beaver tackled Maiden quarterback Keygan Mayfield for a 3-yard loss.

Casey Ly is almost automatic, so the Blue Devils went for a 22-yard field goal, but the attempt was blocked. Maiden never really threatened to score for the rest of the night.

The Tigers’ second touchdown was with just 41 seconds remaining in the game when--with his team just trying to run out the clock--Corey Siemer broke through the line and ran 15 yards to paydirt. Beaver again ran for the two-point conversion.

On the night, Beaver ran for 127 yards, that early TD, and two two-point conversions. But it was his--and teammates--defensive play that won the game. That early stop on the Blue Devils' first possession was the play of the night, and Foard, remembering their opening game loss, knew that to stop Maiden, they had to stop Mayfield. They keyed on him--and it worked. The Foard defense held Maiden to just 111 yards rushing--much of it on that first drive--and 42 passing while forcing three turnovers by the Blue Devils.

The victory makes Foard’s record 9-3 while the Blue Devils finished 11-1. Next week, Foard will travel to Mt. Pleasant--easy winners over East Lincoln on Friday.

Shelby 49, Newton-Conover 20 and
South Point 48, West Iredell 0 
The Golden Lions claim they are much better than the score of their first meeting with the undefeated Red Raiders might seem to indicate.  Shelby fell behind early, made lots of mistakes, and South Point is not the kind of team you can come back against.  The rematch next Friday in Belmont will likely draw an even bigger crowd than their first match on the last game of the regular season, won by the Raiders 35-15.  Shelby's only losses this season have been to two teams with a very similar name: South Point from Belmont, and South Pointe, the Rock Hill, SC, team that is also unbeaten after an easy first round win in the SC playoffs on Friday.

Hibriten 57, Bandys 6 

Swain County 42, Cherryville 14
Swain County will be at Bessemer City next Friday; the Yellow Jackets got a first round bye.

Kings  Mountain 48, Forestview 13
The Mountaineers have won eight straight after an overtime loss to Shelby--their only defeat this year--and they had no trouble in beating Forestview for the second time this season.

Running back Ricaylen Mack rushed for 214 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 12, 13 and nine yards as Kings Mountain built a 31-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Kaylon Wade completed touchdown passes of 58-yards to Christopher Brittain and 13-yards to Dontavious Hughes to give his team a 41-0 advantage before the Jaguars got on the board. After Forestview got its two TDs, Quay Brooks’ 29-yard touchdown run with 2:39 left ended the scoring.

Kings Mountain's kicker, Micah Randall hit field goals of 37 yards and 39 yards and all six extra point attempts. His first field goal was the first score of the night, but the Mounties had touchdowns on their next four possessions and the final outcome was evident long before the first half ended.

The Mountaineers will host Rockingham County next Friday. The Cougars beat Freedom 47-39 on Friday.

Crest 49, Monroe 20 
Crest plays at Jay M. Robinson (69-35 winners over Tuscola) next Friday.

Hunter Huss 34, W. Rowan 14
Huss hosts Weddington next Friday.

Stuart Cramer 21, Concord 20
Two second half safeties in 3-minutes on bad snaps on punts--one with just over a minute left in the game when all the Spiders had to do was run out the clock--meant the first ever playoff win for Cramer.  Cramer plays at unbeaten Charlotte Catholic (43-7 winners over West Caldwell) next Friday.

Weddington 55, Hickory 24 

Mount Tabor 34, Ashbrook 6 

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