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11/2/2018 5:59:00 AM
Final Regular Season Games
Updated and corrected at 3:45 PM

Wayne Howard
News Journalist

Rain has resulted in the postponement of several games until Monday night and one until Saturday evening.  Lincolnton at Maiden, Newton-Conover at East Lincoln, Bessemer City at Cherryville and Crest at Kings Mtn. will be played Monday evening at 7 PM.   The Bandys at North Lincoln game will be played Saturday night at 7 PM. 

The rain is expected to end by 5 PM (the Weather Channel says earlier) but it will be wet, so if you're going to a game, dress accordingly. 

The West Lincoln @ Lake Norman Charter game will be played Friday night. 
When the season began, some thought the Lincolnton at Maiden game would decide the South Fork 2A Conference championship.  Instead, the Wolves have struggled all season long and enter the game with a 2-8 record, next to last in the conference with a 1-5 record, and this will be their last game this year.

Maiden will no doubt be in the playoffs.  The Blue Devils are 7-3 overall, 3-3 in the conference.  Still, with a lot of injuries, the boys in blue have failed to live up to their expectations.  The season started as expected with four wins, but then after a loss to Bandys in a game in which they came from behind to make it close, the Devils were stymied by West Lincoln's defense.  Two weeks later, they lost 21-19 to North Lincoln. 

That game is among the ones postponed until Monday night at 7 PM. 
The game of the week has been postponed until 7 PM Saturday at North Lincoln High School. When the season began, almost nobody expected   North Lincoln would be hosting Bandys with the conference championship on the line.  Both teams are undefeated in the conference.  Both are playing under new head coaches:  Nick Bazzle at North and Tom Eanes at Bandys.  Both like to run the ball.  Quarterbacks Landon Beard (NLHS) and Lake Hojnacki (Bandys) have thrown only 50 passes each this season. [Beard has completed 20, Hojnacki 25.]

Ethan Howard of Bandys has run for 1560 yards on 193 carries[3,795 in his high school career, Bandys #2 all-time leading rusher] and 16 touchdowns.

Chris Spade — who played two varsity seasons at Bandys(2003, 2004) and now lives in Mooresville — finished with 4,064 career yards and tops the Trojans’ all-time rushing list.  Howard is up to career totals of 550 carries for 3,795 yards. He has 35 career rushing TDs and 20 games of 100 or more rushing yards, eight of those coming this season. He needs 270 more yards to top Spade's record.

For the Knights, Clayton Cribb has run for 1080 yards and 11 TDs and Jake Soorus isn't far behind with 837 yards.  He has also scored 11 touchdowns.

If the Knights can stop Howard or keep the ball away from the Bandys offense by eating up the clock when they have the ball, it could come down to a defensive battle. If it does, that would seem to favor North Lincoln. Daniel Carter has had 32 solo tackles this season and was in on a total of 80. Sam Brady has 27 solo tackles and was in on 68. Jacob Harmon has 26 solos and was in on 83. Travali Price has 21 solos and was in on 80, and Jacob Cline has 16 solo tackles and was in on 58.

For Bandys, Josh Williams and Colt Stamey are the defensive mainstays.

If the kicking game decides this one, the edge would seem to go to Bandys. Ben Joseph has hit 46 of his 48 extra point attempts and had two field goals; his longest was 33 yards. For North Lincoln, Ian Fiore has made 23 of his 25 attempts and had one field goal. Christian Delaney connected on 4 of his 6 extra point kicks and has two field goals, one of them a 40-yarder. Neither of Fiore's field goals was that long.

If you're going to the game, get there early.  A packed house is certain for this one. Unlike Friday, Saturday is expected to be sunny.  It will be cooler Saturday night--the overnight low will dip into the 30s and it may be in the 40s before the game ends.  If you aren't able to go, you can hear the game on both radio and the internet. 
The game will be broadcast on WLON Radio (1050AM, 107.5FM), on WNNC Radio (1230AM, 101.3FM) and also available on the internet via, and
East Lincoln will host Newton-Conover in the Mustangs final regular season game, also postponed because of the weather.  It will now be played at 7 PM Monday. Both East Lincoln and Newton-Conover have 4-6 records, 2-4 in the South Fork Conference. A win might get either team into the NCHSAA playoffs, but a loss will certainly mean the end of the season for the loser. WLON Radio (1050AM, 107.5FM) will now broadcast that game.  You can also hear the play-by-play on

West Lincoln will be trying for its first ever nine-win season when the Rebels travel to Huntersville to play Lake Norman Charter.  West is now 8-2 on the season, 4-2 in the conference.  They'll be favored to win this Friday (we talked with Coach Tom Sain and the game is going to be played Friday night), but whether they win or not, they'll be in the playoffs when the brackets are announced.  West Lincoln will be classified 2A for the playoffs, while the other South Fork Conference teams will be classified 2AA.

Cherryville will play Bessemer City for the second time this season in a game that has been postponed until Monday night at 7 PM. The Ironmen beat the Yellow Jackets 17-14 in the first game of the year, but that one didn't count in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference standings; this one does. Both teams have 6-4 records, but while the Ironmen are 3-3 in the conference, Bessemer City is 5-1. The game will be played at Rudisill Stadium in Cherryville. The game will be broadcast Monday evening on WCSL (1590AM, 92.3FM).  You can also hear it on

Gaston County's game of the week has to be Hunter Huss at Ashbrook. The Huskies enter the game undefeated with a 10-0 record while the Green Wave is 5-5. Huss needs a win in this one to maintain its claim to sole possession of the Big South 3A Conference title.

Crest and Kings Mountain play at Kings Mountain in a game now postponed until Monday night. Both of them are 8-2, both have 5-1 conference records compared to the Hunter Huss Huskies' 6-0. Whatever happens, both teams will no doubt be included in the NCHSAA playoffs.  That game will be televised on YouTube (ktc broadcasting), and it will be on the radio at WOHS (1390AM, 101.5FM) or you can listen on ktc

 The Thomas Jefferson Academy Gryphons will try to complete an undefeated regular season when they host Union Academy Friday night.

The Fred T. Foard Tigers will play at West Iredell. After losing their first four games of the season, the Tigers have lost only once since--to undefeated Hibriten. They are tied for second place in the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference with Patton, a team they beat when the two played in September. Patton hosts Hibriten this Friday, so a win for the Tigers would likely give them sole possession of second place in the conference, and they'll no doubt be in the playoffs next week.

North Gaston finishes its season at home against Burns. Both teams have had disappointing seasons. WCSL (1590AM, 92.3FM) will broadcast the Burns @ North Gaston game Friday night, then do the Bessemer City @ Cherryville game Monday night.

East Gaston is still looking for its first win; the Warriors host East Rutherford on Friday.

The biggest game of the week in Cleveland County is the South Point at Shelby matchup. The Golden Lions, 7-3 overall, and the Red Raiders, 8-2, are both 4-0 in the Southwestern 2A Conference and this game will decide that conference championship.  Both will no doubt be in the playoffs when the brackets are announced Saturday November 10th.  The game will be broadcast on WOHS Radio (1390AM, 101.5FM) and on WLON (1050AM, 107.5FM)and it will be televised on YouTube (ktc broadcasting shelby on YouTube) or you can listen to WOHS or WLON on on the internet.

St. Stephens at Hickory is the big game this week in Catawba County. The Indians are 3-7 and the Red Tornadoes 5-4 going into this final game of the season.

Stuart Cramer plays Forestview in another Gaston County contest.

Mtn. Island Charter at Highland Tech has been postponed, but we weren't able to determine if that will be Saturday night or Monday night.

In Thursday night JV action, North Lincoln wrapped up the conference JV championship with a 28-6 win over the Bandys JVs.  North finishes the JV season with a 9-1 record, 7-0 in the conference.

Grayson Barkley had two touchdowns and ran for six more points on extra point attempts as the West Lincoln JVs won 38-0 over the Lake Norman Charter JVs.  Trenton Goins also had two touchdowns--one of them on a 45-yard pick six. Hunter Leonhardt and Christian Neal also had a good game as the Rebels JVs finished their season with a 7-3 record.

Lincolnton's JVs lost to Maiden 24-20.  The JV Wolves finished with a 4-6 record. 

East Lincoln's JVs lost to the Maiden JVs by a 16-0 score.

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