THURSDAY SEPT. 1st JV SCORES: North Lincoln 42, Northwest Cabarrus 6 Lincolnton 6, East Lincoln 0 Treylen Bost scored the winning TD. West Lincoln 44, Fred T. Foard 0 Lucas Blackburn got things started with a 29-yard touchdown run; Keagan Bostic ran for the two-point conversion and it was 8-0. Another 49-yard TD run by Blackburn and another two-point EP try by Bostic made it 16-0 Then Bostic ran 58 yards for a TD and also scored the 2-pt extra points and West led 24-0 at the end of the first quarter. Another TD run by Bostic, this time for 80 yards and a Lucas Blackburn EP kick made it 31-0 at the half. Grae Ponder had a 53-yd TD run in the third period and Gus Avery scored on an 18-yd run in the fourth; when Blackburn kicked the EP after that one, the final score became West Lincoln 44, Foard 0. [Thanks to AD David Avery for the info!] St. Stephens 12, Maiden 0 Newton-Conover 34, Hickory 28 Chase 48, North Gaston 14 East Gaston 14, Stuart Cramer 12 South Point 52, R-S Central 0 Forestview 26, Freedom 12 West Mecklenburg 22, Ashbrook 21 Shelby 30, Crest 28 Central Cabarrus 26, Hunter Huss 14 North Iredell 36, Bunker Hill 14
FRIDAY SEPT. 2nd VARSITY SCORES:
East Lincoln 27, Lincolnton 0 Lincolnton took the opening kickoff, but East intercepted a pass and on their first possession, Christopher Daly ran 44 yards for a touchdown and Helmut Rojas' EP kick made it 7-0. In the second quarter, the Mustangs scored on a five-yd TD pass; they went for two on the EP try but didn't make it and the score was 13-0 and that was the score at halftime. With two minutes left in the third period, Tyler Mizell tossed a TD pass to Markell Clark and the EP kick made it ELHS 20, LHS 0. With six minutes left in the game, the Mustangs returned a punt for another TD and the EP kick by Rojas made it 27-0 the final score. A showdown for tops in the Western Foothills Conference is coming on Sept. 16th when East hosts Hickory. LHS also has next week off; they'll play at Bunker Hill in two weeks.
West Lincoln 54, Fred T. Foard 7 Mason Avery scored the first TD on a 70-yd run and Jaylin Winnex the second running 19 yards and Joel Sellers missed the first kick but made the EP on the second for a 13-0 lead. In the second quarter, Winnex scored on an 18-yd run and Avery on a one-yarder and Sellers kicked the EPs for a 27-0 lead. Foard scored to cut the lead to 27-7, but a pick six by Chi Chi Phansook made it 34-7 at the half. In the third period, Avery ran 38 yds for another score and Sellers' kick made it 41-7. Lucas Howell got the last two Rebels TDs on runs of one and three yards. Sellers kicked the EP after the first but a two-point try after the second was no good and with all the starters on the sideline for the Rebels, nobody scored in the fourth period played quickly with a constantly running clock because of the big lead. The final was West Lincoln 54, Fred T. Foard 7. The Rebels got to display the Battle of Hog Hill trophy again after the game. West ran for 426 yards and completed one pass for another 12 for a total of 438 yards; 201 of those rushing yards were by Mason Avery, who scored three TDs. Jaylin Winnex had 66 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Lucas Howell rushed for 52 yards and two TDs. Drew Ponder ran for 56 yards; Gideon Allen for 39. On defense, Curtis Goins had 8 tackles, 3 assists and an interception; Nathan Rye had six tackles, an assist, and forced two fumbles; Terry Hice had 6 tackles; Mason Avery had five and an assist and forced a fumble; Chi Chi Phansook had three tackles, one of them a tackle for loss, and that pick-six interception. Patrick Goins had three tackles including a sack, and an assist; Shawn Blackburn had three tackles; so did Ben Sain and John Carpenter. Jaylin Winnex had two tackles and three assists; JJ Phansook, Parker Warlick, and JJ Ponder each had two tackles; Camden Sain had a tackle and an assist; Zander Harrison, Blaze Dedmon, and Conner Lowery each had a tackle. Drew Ponder had a tackle and an interception; Caleb Sain had three assists, Landon Fitzpatrick had two; and Levi Huss had an interception.
West will host Bandys in the Rebels' first conference game Sept. 16th. Foard will play at home that night against North Iredell.
Northwest Cabarrus 14, North Lincoln 0 The NFHS video had no audio and the quality was miserable [I pay $10.99 a month for this???], but we can tell you that NW Cabarrus won by a 14-0 score. The Knights have next week off; the following week, they'll host Statesville in the first game on their new artificial turf field. North is now 0-3. Statesville won their opening game but has lost the last two including 35-14 Friday night to Lake Norman.
Maiden 29, St. Stephens 19 St. Stephens scored first to take a 7-0 lead. Maiden scored a TD and then kicked a field goal to lead 9-7. Both teams scored another time and it was Maiden 16, St. Stephens 13. Two more TDs for the Blue Devils and one for the Indians made it 29-19 at halftime. Maiden was driving again just before halftime but ran out of clock. Neither team scored in the second half. Ben Gibbs led the Blue Devils with 179 yards rushing and two TDs; Wesley Thompson completed 13 of his 21 passes, one of them for a touchdown to Chris Culliver. The Blue Devils' next game (Sept. 16th) will be at home vs East Burke.
Cherryville 21, Blacksburg (SC) 20 Blacksburg scored first to take a 7-0 lead, then led 17-0 at the half. Cherryville scored to cut that to 17-7. A Blacksburg FG was more than matched by the Ironmen, who had two more TDs to win 21-20. Cherryville will host unbeaten Chase next Friday. The Trojans have averaged over 50 points in their first three games.
Kings Mountain 27, Burns 0 Kings Mtn. kicked off to Burns. The Bulldogs went three and out. The Mounties scored on their first possession as Lamont Littlejohn threw a 12 Yd TD pass to Thomas Fair and with Jaden Ellis' EP kick, it was 7-0. That was still the score at the end of the first period. The Mountaineers were driving again but early in the second period, Burns' Lamont Wilson intercepted a pass at the Bulldogs' five-yard line. The half ended KM 7, Burns 0. In the 3rd period, Caleb Holland ran 13 yds for a Mounties TD and Ellis' kick made it 14-0; then A.J. Richardson returned a Burns fumble 10 yds for another score and Ellis' kick made it 21-0 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Richardson ran for another TD, this time the EP kick was no good and the score was 27-0 and that was the final score. Kings Mountain will have next week off. Burns will host 3-0 Watauga.
Chase 65, North Gaston 14 North Gaston actually took the lead after giving up a TD on Chase's opening drive, but that 8-7 lead didn't last. Chase scored 21 in the first period and 23 in the second and had a 44-8 lead at halftime. They poured it on in the second half and the final was 65-14. North Gaston wlll play at Forestview on Sept. 16th.
Stuart Cramer 27, East Gaston 21 East Gaston will host Cherokee on Sept. 16th. Cramer will host South Point.
Crest 54, Shelby 49 [THE GAME OF THE NIGHT!] Shelby scored first for a 7-0 lead, then scored on their next possession to lead 14-0; then Daylin Lee tossed a 43-yd TD pass to Jaylen Tate and the Golden Lions were up 21-0 a the end of the first quarter. A safety made it 23-0 and it looked like Shelby would win easily, but with four minutes left in the first half, Crest scored on a 25-yd pass to cut the lead to 23-6. An interception of a Lee pass led to another Chargers TD pass that made it 23-12 at the half. A 5-yd third quarter TD run by the Lions' Breeze Sharpe on Shelby's first possession of the second half made it 29-12. When Crest got the ball, they scored--again on a pass--to cut it to 29-18. Having tried for two after their first two TDs, this time they kicked, but it was also no good. Lee completed a pass for another TD by Shelby and the EP kick made it 36-12 with five minutes to go in the 3rd qtr. Crest then caught fire and scored two more TDs in the third period, the first on a run by QB Ny'tavius Huskey and the second on a pass to Javarius Green--to cut the lead to 36-34 going into the final period. Another TD pass early in the fourth allowed the Chargers to take the lead 40-36. Then Huskey ran for a two-point conversion and Crest led 42-36. Shelby scored on a TD pass by Lee and kicked the EP for a 43-42 lead, then recovered a Chargers' fumble setting up another score on a pass to Eli Falls; the two-pt try was no good and it was 49-42 midway thru the final period. With four minutes left, Crest scored on a TD pass. They decided to go for the win--but the two-point attempt was no good and Shelby still led 49-48. But that wasn't the final! With 44 seconds left, after being penalized for intentional gronding,Crest Huskey threw a 95-yard catch and run touchdown pass to Green,who shed a Shelby defender after making the catch and then outran others to give Crest the lead 54-49. With 31 seconds left, the Golden Lions returned the kickoff to the Crest 36-yd line. They got to the 18 with six seconds left, but a pass was intercepted at the goal line and would have been returned for a TD, but the player who intercepted fell down at the Shelby 18. It didn't matter, the Chargers had won. Shelby is now 0-3 for the first time in our memory. QB Daylin Lee threw five touchdown passes, two each to JaKeith Hamilton and Izay Bridges. Eli Falls also had a touchdown reception, and Bricen Kee and Tristan Tate had rushing TDs. For the Chargers, Huskey connected with Green for four touchdown passes including the one that won the game. He also tossed TD passes to Finn Allen, Ty’Jai Johnson and Malachi Addison and ran for one. Shelby is now 0-3 for the first time since 2012. They'll visit Hibriten next week. After being stunned by Burns the previous week, Crest appears to have come back to life. The Chargers are now 2-1. They host Ashbrook on Sept. 16th.
Bunker Hill 27, North Iredell 20 The Bears' Redek Robinson completed 16 of his 24 passes for 340 yards including touchdown throws to Xavier McCleave, Devin Brice and Ayden Killian. The Bears, now 3-0, will have next week off and host Lincolnton on the 16th.
Hickory 35, Newton-Conover 28 Hickory scored twice on TD passes in the first quarter. Newton-Conover then drove for a TD and it was Hickory 15, Newton-Conover 7. Hickory scored two more times, the second on a one-yard plunge. A blown kick turned into a pass for a two-point conversion and it was Hickory 29, Newton-Conover 7. The Red Devils score again just before halftime to cut the lead to 29-14. A third quarter TD and two-point EP conversion cut the lead to 29-22, but in the fourth period, Hickory scored to make it 35-22. With six minutes left in the game, Newton-Conover scored again to make it 35-28 and that was the final. Newton-Conover will host West Caldwell on the 16th.
South Point 42, R-S Central 14 South Point scored four TDs in the first period and led 35-0 at halftime. They kept scoring and led 42-0 in the third period. R-S Central got two 4th period TDs to make the final 42-14. The Red Raiders play at Stuart Cramer on Sept. 16th.
Forestview 13, Freedom 7
Central Cabarrus 32, Hunter Huss 27 West Mecklenburg 14, Ashbrook 9
Pine Lake Prep 21, Bessemer City 0
Highland Tech at Winston-Salem Carver
Bandys-open date Mountain Island Charter-open date
Cherryville will host Chase next week; Bandys will play at South Caldwell; Burns will host unbeaten Watauga; Shelby will try for its first win of the season at Hibriten; Highland Tech play at Draughn; Bessemer City will play at Christ the King Catholic school in Huntersville, and Mtn. Island Charter plays at Union Academy. Most other teams in the area have next week off.
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