West Lincoln 52, Cherryville 20
The first half of Thursday night's Cherryville at West Lincoln game was almost even. The two teams were tied at 14-all until an 8-yard run by Nakathon Phansook gave the Rebels a 20-14 halftime lead.
After West made it 28-14 with a 23-yard TD run by junior Brendan Ikard in the third quarter, Cherryville was threatening with the ball at West Lincoln's 10-yard line. That's when quarterback Jacob Harden's fourth down pass was picked off at the goal line by junior Nathan Hull, whose record-setting 100-yard pick six was the first of two big defensive TDs for the Rebels. The other was a 25-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by Xander Pendergrass in the fourth period.
Cherryville was its own worst enemy--hurt by both mistakes and penalties. One of the penalties in the first half was a personal foul on a play that had resulted in a loss. After the penalty, West scored a touchdown. The pass that Hull intercepted was underthrown.
For the night, Ikard carried the ball 13 times for 119 yards and a touchdown; Phansook had 97 yards rushing on 15 carries. West Lincoln amassed 346 yards rushing.
Cherryville was led by Justin Lemons who had 110 yards on 28 carries. Junior Matt Cain caught two touchdown passes for the Ironmen.
Next week, the Rebels (2-0) play at Fred T. Foard (2-1) in the "Battle of Hog Hill." The two schools are just 12 miles apart and while they are now in different conferences, they've played each other since West Lincoln's first season back in 1962. Last year, the Rebels won 24-0.
Cherryville will host Draughn. The Wildcats (from Valdese) are 0-2 and will likely be 0-3; they play at Brevard Friday night.
Shelby 48, Burns 7
Any thoughts that the Burns at Shelby game might be close were quickly dispelled Thursday night. The Golden Lions, the defending state 2A champs who are expected by many to win the title again this year (something they've done every year since 2013), finally displayed the offensive firepower most had expected.
Malik Surratt completed 14-of-21 passes for 249 yards and five touchdowns in what quickly became a one-sided contest. Xavier Brooks had three touchdown runs.
Burns did manage to cut the lead to 14-7 in the first quarter, but an interception led to a Shelby score and it was 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. Chase Kendrick had another great night. The kicker has become automatic on PATs and had two 27-yard field goals to give Shelby a 34-7 halftime lead. The second half was more of the same as the Golden Lions cruised to the win.
Shelby (3-0) will host Crest (1-1) in another big Cleveland County rivalry game next Friday. The Bulldogs (0-2) will play at home against East Rutherford.
Stuart Cramer 51, East Gaston 13
Stuart Cramer had four turnovers or it might have been worse. The Storm had 424 yards of total offense in an easy win over the East Gaston Warriors Thursday night.
The Storm (2-1) will have next week off while East Gaston (1-2) will come to Lincolnton to play the Wolves.
Bessemer City 35, Chase 0
Jarkevious Love ran for three touchdowns, one of them a 70-yard scamper, as the Yellowjackets improved to 3-0. Bessemer City will have next week off before hosting North Lincoln on September 15th.
South Davidson 41, Highland Tech 14
FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE:
- Lincolnton at North Gaston
- East Lincoln at Ashbrook
- Maiden at Bunker Hill
- Newton-Conover at Hickory
- South Point at Forestview
- Hunter Huss at Clover, SC
- Mountain Island Charter at Graham, NC
- T.C. Roberson at Kings Mountain
- Chatham Central at Thomas Jefferson Academy
- North Raleigh Christian Academy at Southlake Christian Academy
- Lake Norman Charter vs Community School of Davidson
- St. Stephens-open
In JV football, Lincolnton beat North Gaston 25-0 Thursday night to improve to 2-0. The Wolves JVs downed the South Point JVs last week 12-7. Tiaje Ross, Amontre Finger, Jancovien Peterson, and EJ Manjarres scored TDs in Thursday's win.
West Lincoln's JVs are 1-0 after a 48-7 win over Cherryville's JVs on Wednesday.
North Lincoln's JVs will play their first game at NLHS Thursday (Sep. 7th) against the Alexander Central JVs.
East Lincoln's JVs lost to Charlotte Country Day's JV team last week 22-6 after beating the Forestview JVs the week before 46-13. Their next game is at East Lincoln on Sep. 14th vs the East Gaston JVs.
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