Photos 1-30 Courtesy Kirk Herbertson (South Point at Lincolnton Football, Cheerleaders and LHS Marching Wolves pre-game and halftime performances)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
North Lincoln 57, East Rutherford 21
Seth Whitley caught a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jack Carter, filling in for Landon Beard who turned an ankle in practice, and North Lincoln jumped out to a lead on their first possession.
Carter then turned an option play from the Knights' 33-yard line into another TD. The extra point kick made it 14-0.
T.J. Watkins finally got the Cavaliers in gear--returning the ensuing kickoff inside the North Lincoln 20. A third down pass to a wide open Calvin Jones was dropped, and the Cavs drive stalled, turning the ball back over to the Knights at their 25 yard line.
The first quarter ended after North Lincoln punted & on the first play of the second quarter, Jones made up for the dropped pass by catching one for a touchdown. The kick made the score 14-7.
The Knights answered with another TD pass--39 yards to Sam Brady. The extra point kick made it 21-7. Another TD pass made it 28-7, then with time running out in the first half, Jake Soorus caught a 33-yard pass for a TD, then took a direct snap on the extra point attempt and passed to Seth Whitley for two points and the score was 36-7.
On the Knights' first possession of the second half, a 48-yd gain by Sam Brady set up a shuffle pass from Carter to Jake Soorus that with the EP kick made the score 43-7. The Cavs scored on another TD catch by Jones, but so did the Knights as Carter ran 59 yards to score; then with the subs playing for North Lincoln, Kristjan Snyder scored and North led 57-13. Another Cavs score on a run by JuJu Whitesides cut the lead to 57-21 and that was the final score.
East Lincoln 41, East Rowan 20
East Lincoln took an early lead on Lucas Mcconnell's 3 yd run. The PAT kick was no good. Then Justin Barnett tossed a 30 yd touchdown pass to Jeremiah Jones; this time Jaxon Sellers' PAT kick was good to make it 13-0. East Rowan scored on a pass play near the end of the first quarter to make it 13-7. Neither team scored in the second qtr. In the third quarter, another Barnett TD pass and a two-point conversion on a pass made it 21-7. The teams traded interceptions, then East Lincoln went on a rampage. Askari Johnson, Paulie Menegay, Lucas McConnell, and Mikivi Phinx all scored TDs and Austin Smith caught a Barnett pass for one and ran for another as East Lincoln won its opening game of 2019.
South Point 14, Lincolnton 0
The Red Raiders led at the half 7-0 thanks to a 30-yd run by Naseem Jones. Javus Davis scored another TD for South Point with just under five minutes left in the third quarter to make it 14-0. Nobody scored in the fourth period and the final score was 14-0.
South Caldwell 14, Maiden 13
Ethan Rhodes 50 yd pass to Dylan Abernethy gave the Blue Devils a 7-0 first quarter lead, but South Caldwell answered in the secon period and with a two-point conversion took an 8-7 halftime lead. Neither team scored in the third period. In the fourth, South Caldwell scored but failed to make an attempted two-point conversion. Isaiah Thomas scored for the Blue Devils with six minutes left, but an attempted two-point conversion was no good and South Caldwell won 14-13.
Bandys 27, Fred T. Foard 7
The visiting Tigers got the first score to lead 7-0. Bandys switched quarterbacks and scored to tie the score. Just before halftime, the Trojans returned a punt for what would have been a touchdown, but a block in the back penalty negated it, and at haltime, the game was tied 7-all. The Trojans scored in the third quarter to take a 14-7 lead and added another on the first play of the fourth to lead 21-7, then scored once more to make the final score 27-7.
Kings Mountain 35, Monroe 20
The Mountaineers were stunned in the first quarter as the Redhawks jumped to a 20-0 lead. In the second qtr, the Mounties came to life to take a 21-20 lead, then scored again in the third quarter to lead 28-20 and added another TD in the fourth period to win 35-20.
St. Stephens 21, Bunker Hill 13
St. Stephens tossed two TD passes to lead the half 14-6. After the Indians took a 21-6 lead, the Bears scored just before the end of the 3rd quarter to make it 21-13.
Chase 40, Cherryville 0
Polk County 24, North Gaston 0
Burns 54, Asheville 22
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 40-15 first half lead, then pushed that to a 54-14 advantage before Asheville scored to cut the final margin to 54-22.
Clover 58, Forestview 7
Clover surged to a 44-7 halftime lead as the Blue Eagles flew to an easy win.
Crest 47, T.C. Roberson 0
The Chargers cruised to a 33-0 lead at the half and won by a final score of 47-20.
Shelby 58, A.C. Reynolds 21
The Golden Lions never trailed, building a 31-21 halftime lead expanding that to 52-21 going into the final period, then scored again to make it 58-21. Jahari Mitchell caught five TD passes and his receptions covered 261 yards. The 5 TD's is a new school record for receiving TD's in a game.