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11/12/2021 6:55:00 PM
NCHSAA Football Playoffs

Wayne Howard


Maiden 47, West Lincoln 0 
Maiden advances to the third round with a one-sided win.  The unbeaten Blue Devils, now 12-0, will hope for revenge next Friday when they host Salisbury.  The Hornets eliminated them from the playoffs in the Spring.  

The Blue Devils took the opening kickoff and drove for a score with 8:45 left in the first quarter.  A 25-yd TD pass from Ethan Rhodes to Chris Culliver was followed by a Culliver run for the two-point conversion and it was 8-0. A 33-yd pass to Alec Hall made it 14-0. Another TD pass, this time for 77 yards,  to Culliver made it 20-0; the EP try was no good.  Rhodes scored on a quarterback sneak on a 3rd and goal from the one-yd line and Carson Foard kicked the EP to make it 27-0 midway through the 2nd period.  With less than a minute left in the first half, Ben Gibbs ran it in from the West one-yd line and Foard's kick made it 34-0. Maiden was so dominant on defense that the Rebels got no closer than the 46-yd line in the first half and the Blue Devils scored on every possession.  

In the 3rd period, a 47-yd pass to Hall gave Maiden a 1st down at the WL 2-yd line; Jalen Robinson then ran for a score; a two-point try was no good and it was 40-0. One more TD on a 3-yd run made it 46-0 and Foard's kick made it 47-0 with eight minutes left in the game. West Lincoln's season came to an end, but the Rebels finished with just three losses, two of them to the Blue Devils.  

Statesville 42, East Lincoln 3
Statesville took the opening kickoff and made a first down getting into East Lincoln territory.  They then fumbled; East recovered and drove to the Greyhounds' 3-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.  After that, it was Statesville the rest of the way as the Greyhounds improved to 11-0.  East Lincoln's season ends with a record of 8-4.  Statesville will host Hibriten in the third round next Friday.

Hendersonville 38, Burns 13
The Bearcats eliminated the Bulldogs.  Burns finishes with a record of 8-4.

Kings Mtn 27, West Charlotte 17
The Mountaineers are now 10-2; their only losses to two other Cleveland County teams--Shelby and Crest.  They'll travel to Greensboro to play the Dudley Panthers in the third round next Friday.

Forestview 20, Parkwood 17
The Jaguars got their 7th win against five losses.  The victory puts them in a rematch at South Point next Friday.  The Red Raiders won the regular season meeting with the Jaguars 20-17 in overtime at Forestview.

Salisbury 49, Bunker Hill 0
The Hornets stung the Bears early and often.  They'll play at Maiden next Friday.

South Point 27, Pisgah 24
In the most exciting game of the night, the Raiders won a see-saw battle that saw the lead change with every possession in the second half.  Now 9-3 on the season, they'll host Forestview next Friday.

Shelby 42, Polk County 20
The Golden Lions dominated.  13 of Polk County's points came after the subs took over for Shelby, having already scored 42 points.  Next Friday, Shelby, whose only loss was to South Carolina powerhouse South Pointe (Rock Hill), will host East Gaston.  They beat the Warriors 62-28 in October.  

East Gaston 41, Forest Hills 21
The Warriors improved to 8-4 with another upset win.  They'll play at Shelby next Friday.

North Davidson 31, Hickory 28
Joe Glass's team was down 19-0 going into the fourth quarter, but fought back to take a 20-19 lead.  They ended up losing, but finished with a 7-5 record, their first winning season since 2012.  North Davidson will visit Crest next Friday.

North Rowan 34, Thomas Jefferson 28 FINAL in overtime
Thomas Jefferson scored, then North Rowan tied it.  That scenario repeated itself all night long.  In the end, the game was decided in OT.  North Rowan scored to take a 34-28 lead, but missed their EP try, opening the door for the Gryphons, but TJ didn't score and their season came to an end.  

Crest 28, West Rowan 15
It was close most of the way, but later in the game, the Chargers showed who was better, taking a 21-9 lead four minutes into the final quarter.  After the lead was cut to 21-15, they scored another TD for the 28-15 final score.  Next week, Crest will host North Davidson in the third round.  

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