Lincolnton vs. West Lincoln
Oct. 26, Von Ray Harris Field, Lincolnton Memorial Stadium
Score: Lincolnton 37, West Lincoln 14.
Series: Lincolnton’s sixth in a row, now leads the series 33-6.
Player of the game: Quinlyn Harris, 5-9, 140-pound sophomore RB/DB. Harris intercepted three West Lincoln passes, returning two of them for touchdowns, a 33-yard return and a 103-yard return that may be a school record. In addition, Harris caught two passes for 36 yards on offense.
Harris on his big night: “I felt real good. I had real good blocking, and that led me into the end zone. …. It was a team thing, and that is all I needed for the win. … Coach told me all week they (West Lincoln) were going to pass, so I was ready for it.”
Game-changer: With LHS ahead 24-0 early in the fourth quarter, West Lincoln tried a bit of trickery that backfired. Fullback Daniel Davila ended up throwing a pass into the end zone on the play, and Harris, playing zone coverage, intercepted three yards deep. He headed to his right out of the end zone, found a seam down the sideline and rambled 103 yards for the score, making it 30-0 Lincolnton.
Offensive leaders: West Lincoln, Daniel Davila, 21 carries for 107 yards; Clay Alguire, 13 carries for 98 yards; Tracey Messer, 51-yard kickoff return. Lincolnton, Jordan Easter, 16 carries for 85 yards, Justin Whitesides, 12 carries for 62 yards, D.J. Cunningham, 4 receptions for 74 yards.
Records: West Lincoln 5-6 overall, 3-4 SPC. Lincolnton 6-5 overall, 5-2 SPC.
Streaks: The win was Lincolnton’s fourth in a row and five of its last six.
Senior night: Lincolnton’s senior class was honored on the final night of the regular season. One senior who had a memorable game was kicker Braden Willis, 4-for-5 in extra points and successful on a 35-yard field goal just before halftime that sent the Wolves into the break with a 10-0 lead.
Lincolnton coach Scott Cloninger: “We are playing real good football right now, and we have some momentum going into the playoffs. The kids could have quit when we were getting beat badly and were 1-4. But they have hung in there and worked hard. It is starting to pay off.”
West Lincoln coach Tom Sain: “Lincolnton played really hard on defense. They bottled us up inside, and we could only run at times outside. We have to go back and look to see what they did to stop us. We have another week of practice looking ahead to the playoffs. We just have to work hard to try to get better and get ready.”