East Lincoln 14, Lincolnton 8
In a rivalry game, some say 'throw out the records!' Lincolnton was 0-2 after losing to South Point in a blowout and to North Lincoln last week in a 28-18 game that was actually much closer than the final score. East Lincoln had demolished Hibriten and won by two touchdowns over Forestview. It was their first home game and they were anxious to show off the Mizzell and Clark show.
East Lincoln got a 14-0 lead after Lincolnton turned the ball over deep in its own territory twice. A bad snap on what was intended to be a punt resulted in a 16-yard loss and gave the Mustangs the ball at the Lincolnton 12-yard line. Orlandis Howell-Johnson scampered 11 yards for the first Mustang score and Liam Sutton's EP kick made it 7-0. In the second period, Marcel Johnson recovered a fumble at the LHS 20-yard line. Tyjai Johnson scored on an 18-yard run and after Sutton's kick, East Lincoln led 14-0.
The Wolves got as close as the Mustangs' five-yard line, but didn't manage a first half score.
Andre Bost finally got his team on the scoreboard with a 30-yard touchdown run with five minutes left in the third period. Bost also ran for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 14-8.
The LHS defense stiffened forcing two East Lincoln punts and the Mustangs missed on two field goal attempts of 40 and 27 yards.
East Lincoln lost wide receiver Markell Clark, who aggravated an existing injury. Jeremiah Jones filled in admirably, but then quarterback Tyler Mizell went to the sideline.
With time running out, East started deep in their own territory, but a couple of pass completions appeared to give them a chance. An interception by Landon Glezen with 19 seconds remaining sealed the deal.
Both teams have next Friday off. East Lincoln (3-0) will have time for its injured players to heal. For the Wolves, now 0-3, it's an opportunity to regroup. They can feel good even after another loss, because it's obvious, they're getting better. Both begin conference play on the 17th--East at Hickory and Lincolnton at home against Bunker Hill.
North Lincoln 54, Northwest Cabarrus 40
How can you win a game in which you give up 40 points? Score 54! That's what North Lincoln did Friday night against Northwest Cabarrus. The Knights and Trojans both appeared to take the night off on defense, but fans who attended North's first home game of the season got their money's worth in touchdowns.
North took a 20-13 lead in the first period, added another score for a 33-21 halftime lead, and led 33-21 going into the final period. Then...WOW! IN a scoring frenzy, the Knights never trailed. Their biggest lead was 20 points (47-27), but while they gave up plenty to the Trojans, they led by two TDs the rest of the way.
Senior quarterback Kyle Kovalchuk threw only five passes, completing one of them to Reed King for seven yards and two of his tosses were intercepted. It was the ground game that prevailed for the Knights. Kovalchuk ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns, but the star for the night was junior Brennen Rogers, who carried the ball 22 times for 200 yards and four TDs.
Liam Sutton had 18 points. The senior kicker connected on six of his eight EP tries and ran for 86 yards and two TDs.
The Knights, now 2-1 for the season, have next Friday off before traveling to Statesville on Sept. 17th.
Kings Mtn. 19, Burns 14
The Burns Bulldogs were 2-0 and expected to beat their county rivals from Kings Mtn. and that's what it appeared would happen when the 'team from the north' took a 70 lead on their first possession when Ben Mauney completed a 13-yard TD pass to Kahari Surratt and Ansley Camacho made his EP kick.
On their second possession, Mauney had a long run to the Mounties 40, but the Bulldogs had to punt. After a couple of exchanges of the ball, the Mountaineers started at their own 22 and engineered a scoring drive that ended with only seconds left in the first half wehn Robert Kendrick scored on an 8-yard run. Jaden Ellis' EP kick tied the score at halftime.
In the third period, Kings Mountain took the lead for good on a 75-yard drive that included two big fourth down plays. Facing fourth-and-long at their own 43, quarterback Lamont Littlejohn tossed a 25-yard pass to wideout Sel Randolph for a first down. Kings Mountain didn't move the ball from there on three plays and faced another fourth down, but on another pass attempt, the Bulldogs were called for interference. Finally, A.J. Richardson's one-yard plunge gave Kings Mountain the lead 13-7 after the EP kick was missed.
Early in the fourth quarter, Burns was driving when D’Andre Hoyle intercepted a pass at his own 30-yard line. The Mounties then drove deep into Bulldogs territory, but Jakari Geter intercepted a Kings Mtn. pass at the Burns 13. With three minutes left, Burns decided to punt and the Mountaineers got the ball back at their own 33. Littlejohn then hit Hoyle for a catch-and-run 67-yard TD. A two-point conversion try was no good and the score was 19-7. Burns scored on a seven-yard pass and kicked the extra point to cut it to 19-14, but that's the way it ended. Kings Mountain (2-1) is off next Friday, while Burns (2-1) travels to Watauga.
Chase 36, North Gaston 26
North Gaston looked very good and very bad at times during their Friday night loss at Chase. At one point in the first half, the Wildcats had a first and goal at the Chase five-yard line. Three plays later, after a holding penalty, a mishandled snap and two big losses, they faced a fourth and goal at the 28. An incomplete pass ended the threat.
They looked a lot better in the second half, overcoming a 22-7 halftime deficit and after trailing 28-7 midway through the third period.
JJ Gordon ran for two of the Wildcats touchdowns; the others were special teams scores. After the Trojans took a 14-0 first quarter lead, Tayshaun Grant returned a punt 59 yards for a score. That made it 14-7, but then North gave up two more scores by the home team to fall behind 28-7. Jayvian Knox then returned the Trojans' kickoff 73 yards and the EP kick made it 28-14. Near the end of the third period, the Wildcats gave up a 58-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion and it was 36-14. Gordon then scored the first North TD from scrimmage. The EP try was no good and it was 36-20. The Wildcats still had a chance--but they needed two TDs and two 2-point EP tries. They got one of those TDs when Gordon scored again, but the two-point attempt was no good and with a 36-26 lead and only four minutes left, North needed a miracle--or two--to have a chance. They managed one. The Wildcats recovered an onside kick following Gordon's second TD. They then marched down the field to the Chase five-yard line, but after a great catch, the Wildcat receiver was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Chase took over on downs when North failed to score and ran out the final seconds on the clock. North Gaston quarterback Kandan Zollo had 198 yards passing, 118 of those on passes to Brian Coley.
North will try again for its first win after three losses when the Wildcats host Forestview on Sept. 17th.
Hickory Ridge 27, South Point 7
Hickory 37, Draughn 13
The Red Tornadoes gave Joe Glass his first win as their coach. Hickory has next week off before hosting East Lincoln on the 17th.
Stuart Cramer 28, East Gaston 21
Thomas Jefferson 51, Community School of Davidson 15
South Caldwell 20, Hickory Hawks (homeschooled team) 12
Forestview 13, Freedom 7
Winston-Salem Carver 26, Highland Tech 21
Maiden @ St. Stephens--canceled due to COVID
Crest @ Shelby--canceled due to COVID
Pine Lake Prep 20, Bessemer City 8
Hibriten @ West Caldwell (7:30 PM)
NEXT FRIDAY (Sept. 10th)
games that have been rescheduled or added to the schedule--
North Iredell @ Bunker Hill
West Lincoln @ Ashbrook
Cherryville @ Chase
Burns @ Watauga
Hibriten @ Shelby
Cherokee @ East Gaston
Christ the King @ Bessemer City
[Most teams including Lincolnton, East Lincoln, North Lincoln, Maiden, Bandys, Burns, Crest, Kings Mtn., North Gaston, Hunter Huss & South Point have next week off.]
Va. Tech 17, UNC Tar Heels 10 FINAL
Charlotte 31, Duke 28 FINAL
Appalachian State 33, East Caroina 19 (Thursday)