Lincolnton 40, Lake Norman Charter 37 "It ain't over until it's over!"
LHS won its Homecoming game, but it wasn't as easy as one might have expected. The Lake Norman Charter Knights were looking for their first conference win of the year--and they came close to pulling off the upset.
An 80-yard return of a recovered Lincolnton fumble gave LNC a 7-0 lead. Then they scored on a pass to make it 14-0. Tiaje Ross then ran 60 yards for the Wolves' first TD; Diego Ramiro's kick made it 14-7. Amontre Finger then scored on a two-yard run; the EP kick was blocked and the score was 14-13 early in the second period. The Knights then scored with just over six minutes left until halftime and added a two-point conversion to make it 22-13 at the half.
During halftime, Alexis Adams was crowned the 2019 Homecoming Queen.
With nine minutes left in the third quarter, Amontre' Finger tossed an 80-yard pass to Dejarris Gash for another LHS TD and the kick made the score 22-20; but a pick six interception return and a two-point conversion gave the Knights a 30-20 lead going into the final period.
With five minutes left in the game, EJ Manjarres tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Deandra Smith and Ramiro's EP kick made it 30-27. The Wolves then recovered the ball on an on-side kick at the LNC 35-yard line. Manjarres completed another 15-yard touchdown pass and with three minutes left in the game, Lincolnton took the lead 34-30. Lake Norman Charter then scored and kicked an extra point to take a 37-34 lead with less than a minute left in the game.
Anyone who thought it was over was wrong-- EJ Manjarres tossed a 40-yard pass to Deandra Smith for a TD and with seconds left, Lincolnton won 40-37.
Next Friday, the Wolves play at North Lincoln, then finish their season hosting Maiden on Nov. 8th.
Maiden 28, East Lincoln 26 It was an exciting game that came down to the final play as the Blue Devils topped the Mustangs.
Maiden took the lead 7-0 when Amarion Craig returned the opening kickoff 89 yards. East tied the score after a long run by Justin Barnett set up a 6-yard run by Cole Barber; Pearson Cunningham then kicked the extra point. Barnett scored for the Mustangs with 3:46 left until halftime; Cunningham's try for the EP was no good and the score was 13-7.
In the third period, Dylan Abernethy tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Brennan James to tie the score. The extra point try was no good and it was 13-all with a minute left in the 3rd quarter. Justin Barnett then hit Mikivi Phinx with a 5-yard TD pass and Cunningham's kick made it 20-13. The Blue Devils cut the lead as with six minutes left in the game, Ethan Rhodes 15-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Morgan made it 20-19, but the EP try was no good.
In the fourth quarter, Cole Barber ran for a 5-yard TD; the EP try was no good and the Mustangs led 26-19. With less than a minute left in the game, Ethan Rhodes threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Carson Hansley for a TD to cut the lead to 26-25. The Blue Devils decided to go for two on the extra point try. The Blue Devils succeeded with an on-side kick as Dylan Abernethy recovered the ball. Ethan Rhodes then tossed a long pass to Abernethy to get Maiden to East Lincoln's 14-yard line. With 2.5 seconds left, Maiden's Adrian Campos kicked a game-winning field goal to give the Blue Devils a 28-26 victory.
East plays at home against West Lincoln next Friday, then at Newton-Conover on Nov. 8th. Maiden hosts the Red Devils next Friday, then plays at Lincolnton in the final regular season game.
West Lincoln 27, Bandys 17 West Lincoln finally beat Bandys--for the first time in 27 years.
Bandys scored first but missed the EP; then a short Rebels punt gave the Trojans the ball on the West Lincoln 5-yard line after the return. From there, Jesse Pope kicked a field goal to make it 9-0. The Rebels then marched 66 yards and Xander Pendergrass scored their first TD of the night; the EP kick made it 9-7. The Rebels scored a TD to take the lead, but Bandys returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to lead 17-13. Canon Bridges then scored for the Rebels, but a two-point EP try was no good and it was 19-17 at the half.
At the end of the third period, Canon Bridges scored again on a 5-yard run and a 2-point conversion made it 27-17. Nobody scored in the 4th period as West held on for a win over the Trojans. Before this game, the Rebels had lost 18 in a row to Bandys. While they didn't play each other every year, it had been 27 years since West beat Bandys.
West Lincoln plays at East Lincoln next Friday, then hosts Lake Norman Charter on Nov. 8th. Bandys hosts Lake Norman Charter next week, North Lincoln on Nov. 8th.
North Lincoln 43, Newton-Conover 7 Most had expected a close game--but the Knights were just too good for the Devils.
Two blocked punts and an interception that prevented what might have been a touchdown by the visitors were key parts of a defensive show that gave the Knights a 30-0 halftime lead. North Lincoln was also impressive on offense in what many had thought would be a close game.
North won the coin toss and decided to kick off to start the game and get the kickoff to start the second half. The Red Devils ran for two first downs; then QB Justice Craig hit Keagan Covington to get N-C into North Lincoln territory. Brandon Johnson then carried for 12 yards to the North 25-yd line. Allen Wilfong ran to the North 5-yard line, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. Craig then tossed a pass to Josh Nichols that would have put the Red Devils on the 10-yard line, but a penalty again brought it back. On third down, Craig's next pass was intercepted by Sam Brady at the Knights' one-yard line. He returned it to the 24. The Red Devils had run eight minutes off the clock, but had no points to show for it.
On North's first play from scrimmage, Ty Williams caught a screen pass for a first down. Jake Soorus then carried for another North first down. Ty Williams then ran 49 yards for the first TD of the game; Ian Fiore's kick made it 7-0.
On Newton-Conover's second possession, a three-and-out turned into a blocked punt by Jacob Cline and QB Landon Beard ran 31 yards on the next play; Fiore's kick made it 14-0 and that was the score at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Jake Soorus ran 59 yards for another Knights TD; Fiore's kick made it 21-0. A long run by Soorus got the Knights to the N-C 42; from there, Beard hit Seth Whitley with a touchdown pass and Fiore's kick made it 28-0. Brady then blocked a punt resulting in a safety and the Knights led 30-0 with two minutes to go in the first half.
After the Knights received the second half kickoff, Williams ran 40 yds to the N-C 25-yard line. Three more runs by Williams included yet another TD; the EP kick try was blocked, but the Knights led 36-0. Williams ran several times on the next North Lincoln possession including 10 yards for another touchdown and Fiore's kick made it 43-0.
With the Knights playing their subs, the Red Devils finally scored on a one-yard run by Allan Shade and Addison Hayes kicked the EP to make it 43-7.
Crest 43, North Gaston 0 The game was moved up to Thursday night. Jalin Graham ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the Chargers dominated the game as expected. The win made the Chargers record for the season 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Big South 3A Conference. Crest has next week off before hosting Kings Mountain (3-1 in the conference) on November 8th. The Wildcats play at Ashbrook next Friday and at Burns Nov. 8th.
Burns 49, East Gaston 0 The Bulldogs scored 35 points in the first period and led 42-0 at the half. Early in the second half, a missed field goal by the Warriors was returned for another Burns TD and a 49-0 lead. The Bulldogs host R-S Central next Friday; the Warriors will host Community School of Davidson.
South Point 29, R-S Central 22 The win leaves the Red Raiders 3-1 in the Southwestern 2A Conference (Shelby leads the league with a 4-0 conference record, 7-1 overall; Burns with a 4-1 league mark, 7-2 overall is in 2nd place). Next week, South Point plays at Chase; Burns will host R-S Central; Shelby will host East Rutherford. South Point and Shelby play the final regular season game on Nov. 8th.
Hunter Huss 20, Forestview 7 The win keeps the Huskies tied with Kings Mountain for second place in the Big South 3A Conference (both are 3-1 in the league) behind Crest (5-0). Huss will host Stuart Cramer next Friday, then Ashbrook on Nov. 8th.
Ashbrook 36 Stuart Cramer 35 The Green Wave hosts North Gaston next Friday, will be at Huss on Nov. 8th.
Thomas Jefferson Academy 40, Bessemer City 0 The Gryphons improved to 9-0, obviously leading the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference with a 6-0 record. They face their toughest test next week when they host the Mountain Island Charter Raptors (5-1 in the conference, 7-2 overall). Their final regular season game will be at Union Academy Nov. 8th. They are ranked #2 in the state among 1A teams, second only to traditional powerhouse Tarboro.
Mountain Island Charter 56, Pine Lake Prep 0 After next week's showdown at Thomas Jefferson, the Raptors host Highland Tech on Nov. 8th.
Highland Tech 36, Christ the King 6
Bunker Hill 17, West Iredell 13 After losing their first three games and four of their first five, the Bears have won four in a row and advanced to second place in the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference behind only Hibriten. They play at Patton next Friday, then host West Caldwell on Nov. 8th.
Alexander Central 30, St. Stephens 16 The Indians took a lead 16-14 early in the final period, but the Cougars scored twice to take the win.
Hickory 40, South Caldwell 30 The Red Tornadoes host Alexander Central next week, then play at St. Stephens on Nov. 8th.
Friday night's games left North Lincoln alone at the top of the standings in the South Fork Conference with a 5-0 conference record. Newton-Conover is in second place with a 4-1 record. East Lincoln, West Lincoln and Maiden are all 3-2. We expect all five of those teams may make the NCHSAA playoffs.
The remaining schedule has: North Lincoln hosting Lincolnton next Friday, then at Bandys Nov. 8th; West Lincoln at East Lincoln next Friday, then hosting Lake Norman Charter on Nov. 8th. After the West Lincoln game, East Lincoln will play at Newton-Conover Nov. 8th; the Red Devils play at Maiden next week.
Here they are--the scores of all the area games from Friday night. Unlike the newspapers, we won't make you wait to find out who won.
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