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Bandys 30, North Lincoln 29
Saturday, Novemer 3, 2018

(Photos Courtesy Kirk Herbertson)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Many of the scheduled Friday night football games got moved to Monday, perhaps the biggest got moved to Saturday. 


Bandys 30, North Lincoln 29

How it happened

A few key plays were likely the most important ones in the North Lincoln loss to the Trojans. Near the end of the first half, the Knights stopped Bandys at the Trojans' 40-yard line, but on the punt, North was called for roughing the kicker. That kept Bandys' drive alive and as time expired in the half, Ben Joseph kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Trojans a 17-14 halftime lead.

After falling behind 24-14 in the third period, North recovered a fumble by Bandys quarterback Lake Hojnacki at the Trojans' 35-yard line. They got to the 16, but fumbled the ball back to Bandys and left the Trojans starting at their own 22. That missed opportunity didn't immediately cost the Knights the game.

Bandys had to punt again, and this time Terry Ferrell (who we understand will play lacrosse in college instead of football) returned a blocked punt 40 yards for a score to give the Knights a 29-24 lead after Christian Delaney's extra point kick.

Things were looking good for North when a block in the back penalty moved the ball to the Bandys 16-yard line, but Hojnacki scrambled for 38 yards and the Trojans eventually scored with 3:35 left in the game. They tried for two points on the conversion, but Ethan Howard was stopped short, leaving North a chance to win the game if they could score.

After the kickoff, a failed on-side attempt that was recovered by North Lincoln, a fumble on first down and a sack of quarterback Landon Beard on second left the Knights with a 3rd & 21 at their own 35-yard line. Beard was hit as he threw and Hunter Jones intercepted the pass. The Trojans then ran out the clock.

To win, we had said that North needed to stop Howard. He ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 1728 yards rushing this season, 3963 for his high school career, leaving him needing 102 yards to break Chris Spade's record and become the Trojans' all-time leading rusher. He'll likely get that in the first playoff game.

While they didn't totally stop Howard, the Knights did play an outstanding defensive game. They intercepted a pass, recovered a Bandys fumble that nearly set up a winning touchdown drive, and returned a blocked punt for a TD. Lake Hojnacki, the Bandys quarterback, got almost as many yards as Howard (he had 158).

For the Trojans, penalties--especially on kick returns--could have proved costly.

While North didn't win a conference title, they did post an 8-3 record and like Bandys will no doubt be in the playoffs when pairings are announced next Saturday. It's possible that they and the Trojans will meet again.

Jackie D.


The following is our report on the game posted as it was played Saturday night.  It's essentially a play-by-play report beginning with North's failed field goal attempt on their first possession.  

North Lincoln had the ball first and tried a 52-yard field goal, but Christian Delaney's kick fell short.  Then the Trojans scored quickly...the drive included a 30-yard run by Ethan Howard and another long run by Lake Hojnacki.  Howard ran 10 yards for the score and Ben Joseph's kick gave Bandys a 7-0 lead. Bandys stopped the Knights 3 and out on their next possession.  After a punt and a penalty, Bandys started their second possession on their own 28-yard line.  This time, the Knights stopped the Trojans 3 and out.  Jake Soorus called a fair catch on the punt and North Lincoln started this time on their own 31.  Landon Beard, who had missed three passes on the first North Lincoln possession, passed to Sam Brady for a first down.  Jake Soorus then ran 15 yards to the Bandys 38.  Beard then ran 24 yards to the Trojans 14-yard line, then ran to the Bandys 5-yard line.  Clayton Cribb got enough on the next play for a first and goal at the 4-yard line.  Daniel Carter then took a pitch-out from Beard and scampered into the end zone.  Delaney kicked the extra point to tie the score.  Bandys had another penalty on the kickoff and the Trojans started this time at their own 11-yard line.  From there, Howard ran for two yards on the first down play, then two more on the last play of the first quarter.  After one period, it was North Lincoln 7, Bandys 7.

Hojnacki ran for 3 yards on third down, but the Trojans caught a break when North got called for an illegal substitution (12 on the field) which gave Bandys a first down at their own 25-yard line.  Ethan Howard then ran for 16 yards to the 41-yard line.  Elijah Clarke was stopped for no gain on the next play, then a pass fell through his hands incomplete.  On 3rd & 10, Hojnacki completed an 11-yard pass to Clarke to give the Trojans another first down at the North 49-yard line.  Bandys then tried a trick play with a halfback pass intended for Colt Stamey, but Daniel Carter intercepted the pass at the 33-yard line.  Beard then hit Brady for a long gain to the Bandys 45-yard line.  After a four-yard gain on first down, Jake Soorus ran to the Bandys 15-yard line.  After no gain on first down, a pass to Brady gave North a 13-7 lead.  Delaney's kick was good and the PAT made the score 14-7.

With 6:22 left in the first half, North kicked off and Jacob Ellis returned the kick from his own one-yard line deep into North Lincoln territory inside the 20-yard line, but for the third time, Bandys got called for a penalty on a return (this time a penalty on the sideline for interfering with an official) and Bandys got moved back to their own 37-yard line.  Ethan Howard got no gain on first down, but then ran into North Lincoln territory.  A holding penalty was called against Bandys and a personal foul on North Lincoln, and the ball wound up at the North Lincoln 43.  Howard ran for two yards on first down; then Hojnacki kept the ball and ran for a TD.  Ben Joseph's kick was good and the score was tied at 14-all with 4:20 left in the first half.

A short kickoff was returned to their 38-yard line by the Knights.  Clayton Cribb ran for two yards on first down.  Ethan Howard then sacked Beard on second down at the North 29-yard line.  On third down, Beard was sacked again, and North had to punt.  The punt rolled out of bounds at the Bandys 41.  Hojnacki then fumbled on first down, but Bandys recovered for a one-yard loss.  Clarke then got stopped for a loss of another yard.  On third and 12, Hojnacki tossed a pass to Jacob Ellis, but the ball was dropped and Bandys had to punt.  Ben Joseph's kick was downed at the North 38-yard line, but the Knights got called for roughing the kicker and Bandys got another first down at the North Lincoln 45-yard line.  The Trojans were left with one timeout and 40 seconds to try to score again before halftime.  Howard ran to the North 33-yard line and ran out of bounds to stop the clock with 22 seconds left.  Hojnacki then overthrew Christian Sigmon but Bandys got called for an illegal formation to move the ball back to the 38-yard line.  Hojnacki then overthrew Isaiah Talbert but North got called for defensive holding.  A pass to Jacob Ellis moved the ball to the North Lincoln 16, but there were only nine seconds left until halftime.  Hojnacki threw another incomplete pass leaving just five seconds in the half.  Bandys called their final first half timeout, after which Joseph came on to try a field goal.  North then called a timeout, then another.  Joseph then hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give Bandys the halftime lead 17-14.

Since North got the first half kickoff, the Knights had to kick off to Bandys to start the second half.  Ellis's return was called back to the 15-yard line as the Trojans got called for a fourth infraction on a kick return.  Howard then ran for 15 yards to the 30-yard line.  Hojnacki then ran all the way to the North Lincoln 30.  North Lincoln then got called for unsportsmanlike conduct and that moved the ball to the North 15-yard line.  A false start moved the ball back to the 20.  Howard then ran for three yards.  Sam Brady stopped the second down run for no gain.  Howard then ran straight up the middle for a 17-yard touchdown.  Joseph's kick made it 24-14 with 9:56 left in the third quarter.

Bandys kickoff left North starting their first possession of the second half at their own 25.  Cribb ran for three yards.  Beard then ran for what would have been a touchdown, but North got called for a block in the back so the ball was moved back into North Lincoln territory.  Cribb then ran for a first down to the 47.  On the next play, he ran for two yards.  Terry Ferrell ran to the Bandys 45.  On third and 2, Colt Stamey stopped Beard just short of a first down, and on fourth down, the Knights decided to go for it.  Cribb then ran for the first down at the Bandys 42.  

Soorus then took a pitch-out and ran to the Bandys 35.  Daniel Carter ran to the 31 for another Knights first down.  Beard's pass on first down was overthrown to Sam Brady.  On second down, Soorus took another pitch-out and ran to the Bandys 9-yard line.  Bandys got called for a personal foul, so North had a first and goal at the Trojans' 5-yard line.  Cribb ran for two yards to the 3.  Beard then ran for the touchdown.  Soorus then ran for a two-point conversion to make the score Bandys 24, North Lincoln 22.

North's kickoff was returned to their 36-yard line by Ellis.  Then on first down, a fumble by Hojnacki was recovered at the Bandys 35.  Beard then tossed to Soorus again and he ran to the 22-yard line. Cribb then ran to the 16.  On the next play, a North fumble was recovered by the Trojans at their own 22.  From there, Howard ran to the 26.  Talbert then ran to the 40-yard line for a Trojan first down.  With just over two-and-a-half minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Howard ran for seven more yards to the 47, then for another three yards for another Bandys first down.  Hojnacki ran for two yards on the next play; then Clarke ran for three more, but a holding call against the Trojans moved the ball back to the Bandys 44.  Hojnacki then tried to pass to Christian Sigmon.  The pass was nearly intercepted but fell incomplete.  On third and long, Hojnacki tried another pass that also fell incomplete as Ferrell played close defense. 

This time Joseph's punt was blocked--and Terry Ferrell ran it in for a 40-yard TD.  Soorus ran for what would have been a two-point conversion, but a personal foul penalty negated that score and moved the ball back to the 17 for the extra point try.  This time, Delaney kicked and hit the 35-yard EP kick to make it 29-24.

Clarke fielded the kickoff at his team's 4-yard line and returned it to the 18.  Howard powered his way to the 28-yard line for a first down.  Howard then ran to the 32.  Hojnacki then ran to the 36 on the last play of the quarter.  The Knights led 29-24 going into the final period.

Howard got two yards on the next play, but on 4th & 1, Hojnacki ran for four yards to the Bandys 42 for another first down.  A false start on the next play made it 1st & 15 at the Bandys 37.  Howard got three yards on the next play.  Hojnacki's pass for Talbert was overthrown and on 3rd and 12, Hojnacki was sacked for the first time, making it 4th & 13 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.  The punt rolled dead at the North Lincoln 31-yard line.

A penalty on first down moved the ball back, then a pass to Brady was missed, and on second down, Beard hit Soorus who got close to the first down.  Beard then ran for the first down, then lost four yards on the next play.  Beard then passed to Brady but the pass was poorly thrown and Brady had to knock it down to avoid an interception.  On third down, a reverse to Brady was stopped by Howard who tackled him for a one-yard loss and the Knights had to punt with 6:53 left in the game.

Delaney's punt was fielded at the Bandys 20 and returned to their 31, but Bandys got called for a late hit on a block after the play was over and that moved the ball back to the Trojans' 16-yard line.  On first down, a false start moved the ball back to the 11-yard line.  Hojnacki then ran to the Bandys 49.  Howard then ran for eight yards, then for another nine yards for yet another first down.  Clarke got two yards on the next play; then Hojnacki ran for 11 more yards to the North 22-yard line.  From there, Howard got the ball and four more yards.  Hojnacki ran for one yard.  Talbert then ran to the North Lincoln 6-yard line.  On first & goal, Howard ran for the TD.  Leading 30-29 Bandys went for two points on the extra point try.  Hojnacki gave the ball to Howard, but the big fullback got stopped short, leaving it a one point game with 3:35 left in the game.

Joseph's kickoff was an on-side attempt but North Lincoln recovered the ball and had it at their own 46 with three & a half minutes left.  A fumble on first down was recovered by North.  Beard got sacked by Howard on second down at the North 35.  On 3rd & 21, Beard got hit as he threw and Bandys Hunter Jones intercepted the pass.  [Correction: we were told Monday that the pass was intercepted by Chase Clanton #3 instead of Jones #4.  There were three Bandys defenders close enough to have intercepted the pass.  We apparently got the wrong one.]

With time running out, only two minutes and twelve seconds left, Bandys got eight yards from Howard on the first down play.  North called a timeout.  Hojnacki ran for the first down as the clock dropped to 1:51 left and North called another timeout.  Hojnacki then ran for a yard and North called its final timeout.  Howard then ran for one yard, but the clock dropped to less than a minute left.  Bandys called a timeout with 37 seconds left.  On third & 8, Clarke ran for five yards--and ran out the clock.  The final score: Bandys 30, North Lincoln 29.  Both teams will most certainly be in the NCHSAA playoffs beginning Nov. 16th. 


West Lincoln 65, Lake Norman Charter 7

Seth Willis rushed for three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Nathan Beam; Canon Bridges ran for two scores; Brendon Ikard and Hunter Leonhardt each scored a TD; and Zander Pendergrass returned a punt for one. It was about as one-sided as a game can be as the Rebels posted the final regular season win in their first-ever nine win season. Now come the playoffs.

West Lincoln will be the the 2A playoffs while the other teams in the South Fork Conference will be in the 2AA bracket when the pairings are announced next Saturday (Nov. 10th). They're likely to start the playoffs with a home game on November 16th.

Shelby 41, South Point 25

When the Golden Lions stumbled early in the season, losing three of their first four games, some people were ready to write them off--but this was Shelby, the team that wins state championships. After an embarassing loss to Crest, they beat Kings Mtn. in a close game, and they haven't lost since.

Friday night was a bit like the season. Before Shelby scored, South Point had posted two touchdowns, one in the first quarter by Jamani Leeper and one in the second by Ray Grier, and led 12-0. The the sleeping Lions awoke and began to roar. Isaiah Bess hit Daley Diavonni with a 55-yard touchdown pass and the extra point kick made it 12-7. After South Point punted following the Shelby kickoff, Bess ran for a 14-yard touchdown and Shelby led at halftime 13-12.

Shelby kicked off to South Point to start the second half. When the Raiders punted, it didn't take long for Bess to toss another TD pass, this one ot Timothy Ruff, and Shelby led 20-12. The Red Raiders scored on their next possession but failed on a two-point conversion and the Lions still led 20-18. Then, late in the third period, Bess tossed a 14-yard TD pass to Donye Fuller and the extra point kick made it 27-18.

South Point cut that lead to 27-25 with seven minutes to go in the game, but Fabian Pettis returned the kickoff after that score 90 yards, and with the extra point kick, it was 34-25. South Point could get no closer than the Shelby 41-yard line and turned the ball over on downs; then Bess put an exclamation mark on the game with a 14-yard pass to Fuller with a minute left. The extra point kick made it 41-25.

Both of these teams will be in the playoffs when the brackets are announced next weekend. It's possible they'll meet again. With the win, Shelby claimed the Southwestern 2A Conference title. South Point finished second with the loss to Shelby their only one in conference play. Both teams finished the regular season with 8-3 overall marks.

Hunter Huss 46, Ashbrook 0

Hunter Huss finished the regular season with an unblemished 11-0 record as the Huskies downed crosstown rival Ashbrook Friday night. Zo Wallace tossed three touchdown passes, but the big difference in the game was the Huss defense which stymied Ashbrook with four fumble recoveries and an interception to halt any Green Wave scoring drive. Huss won the Big South 3A Conference title with a 7-0 record in the league. Crest plays at Kings Mtn. as those two teams, both with 5-1 conference records, play for second place Monday night.

Stuart Cramer 45, Forestview 7

The Storm finished the regular season with a 7-4 overall mark, 4-3 in the Big South 3A Conference, with an easy win over the Jaguars.

Burns 28, North Gaston 7

The Bulldogs' Kujuan Pryor rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the injury-plagued Wildcats. Burns finishes the regular season with a 4-7 record including an early season win over Shelby. They're still hoping for a playoff spot as a low seed.

East Rutherford 48, East Gaston 7

The Cavaliers are likely headed to the playoffs, they actually finished with the best overall record in the Southwestern Conference, 9-2, but their losses were to Shelby and South Point which left them with a 3-2 conference record. Friday night, they scored 48 points in the first half as they downed the Warriors, who failed to win a game this season.

St. Stephens 28, Hickory 21

The Indians may have finished with a losing record (4-7) but they have to feel good about beating the Red Tornadoes in the final game of the season.

Xavian King ran for a touchdown with 2:20 to play to secure the win. Leading by seven at the start of the final period, Hickory hoped to add to their lead with a 46-yard field goal attempt, but a bad snap turned the ball over on downs and the Indians then marched 65 yards for a score when Zane McPherson hit Zach Lee with a six-yard pass to paydirt.

When Hickory punted on their next possession, the Indians started at their own 20-yard line. King ran for 35 yards to get them into Hickory territory, then scored on a one-yard plunge to give St. Stephens its first lead of the night.

Hickory tried to rally but an interception stopped the Red Tornadoes and gave the Indians the victory.

King's late game heroics matched his performance last season when he also scored the winning touchdown late in the game with Hickory.

Fred T. Foard 41, West Iredell 14

The Tigers secured second place in the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference with the win, which came while Patton, which also entered Friday's games with only one conference loss, was losing to unbeaten Hibriten 44-0.

Now awaiting their position in the playoff brackets, the Tigers turned things around after losing their first four games of the season. Their only loss since was to undefeated Hibriten.

Foard wasted no time Friday night, jumping out to a 26-7 first quarter lead and cruising the rest of the way.

Thomas Jefferson Academy 42, Union Academy 14

The Gryphons finished with a perfect 11-0 record on the regular season and the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference title. They'll be a high seed in the playoffs beginning November 16th.

Community School of Davidson 24, Pine Lake Prep 20
The CSD team finishes 6-5 and will be in the 1A playoffs.  The season ends for PLP.

The decision to play the Bandys @ North Lincoln game Saturday night was apparently a good one.  The sunny day Saturday dried things out a bit and the weather was great for the game.  The stands were packed.

Several games were postponed until Monday night because of Friday's heavy rain.  The rain ended before the games that were played began, but fields were still very wet and so were the stands.  Monday's forecast calls for more rain--and the likelihood increases as the evening progresses, but there's a good chance it won't be significant until after the games are played.  


Lincolnton @ Maiden
Newton-Conover @ East Lincoln
Bessemer City @ Cherryville
Crest @ Kings Mountain
Mountain Island Charter @ Highland Tech

All of those games are scheduled for 7 PM.


The changes in schedule have prompted some changes in radio and internet play-by-play of games.  

The Bandys @ North Lincoln game Saturday night was broadcast on WLON and WNNC radio stations and was also available on the internet via, and and

WLON (1050AM, 107.5FM) will also broadcast the Monday night Newton-Conover @ East Lincoln game, and you can also hear it online at

The Bessemer City @ Cherryville game Monday night will be broadcast  on WCSL (1590AM, 92.3FM).  You can also hear it on

WOHS (1390AM, 101.5FM) will broadcast the Monday night Crest @ Kings Mountain game or you can listen on or view it online on YouTube.

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