East Lincoln went first in the second OT: an incomplete pass in the end zone on first down, a Chase Jones run for 3-yards on second down, and then on third down, Mikivi Phinx caught a TD pass and Shanklin's kick gave the Mustangs the lead for the first time all night 43-36.
Maiden scored on first down on its second OT try as Logan Hentschel caught a TD pass. Maiden went for 2-points to win the game; Keygan Mayfield scored the 2-point conversion on a run with the decision that he had crossed the goal line not announced for 10-seconds after the play was over.
FINAL SCORE: Maiden 44, East Lincoln 43 and the Blue Devils remain unbeaten through nine games. The Mustangs host West Lincoln next Friday while Maiden plays for the top spot in the league at home against Newton-Conover.
Maiden head coach Will Byrne said he made up his mind after the first OT to go for the win. After an East Lincoln offside penalty put the ball at the one-and-a-half yard line, Mayfield's score gave the Blue Devils their ninth victory without a loss.
Both the Blue Devils and Newton-Conover are 5-0 in the league. The Mustangs can now hope for a Red Devils victory next week that could still give them a share of the South Fork 2A Conference title if they could win their final two regular season games over West and Newton-Conover.
East Lincoln’s Chandler Jones deserves player of the week honors. He scored four touchdowns. ran for 146-yards and had a 2-point conversion catch.
Newton-Conover 49, North Lincoln 6
Matt Beam's Red Devils appear to have hit their stride. Their easy win over North on Friday night came without the help of star running back Tyler Stinson.
Sophomore Allen Wilfong, making his first start filling in for Stinson, scored on the second play from scrimmage just 19 seconds into the game on a 42-yard run.
Wilfong scored again on a 6-yard run with just under five minutes left in the first period to make it Newton-Conover 15, North Lincoln 0 after a 2-point conversion. Then with 10:57 left in the first half, a 66-yard TD pass from Shamar Baker to Jaheim Mullen, followed at 8:27 left in the second quarter by a 23-yard TD run by Kyjuan McClain, and at 3:26 remaining in the half, an 18-yard TD pass from Baker to McClain and Newton-Conover led 35-0 at the half.
North finally scored with 4:43 remaining in the game on a 31-yard pass from Reed McRorie to Sam Brady.
Next week, the Red Devils, whose only loss was by 1-point to undefeated Hibriten in a game they led until near the end, will at last have their much talked-about showdown at Maiden's Tom Brown Field. The Knights will host Lincolnton, still hoping for their first win of the season over another Lincoln County team.
Ivy Eller was crowned the Newton-Conover Homecoming Queen at halftime.
Lincolnton 53, Lake Norman Charter 14
The Homecoming victory by the Wolves was their third in a row and kept their hopes of making the playoffs alive--depending on what happens the next two weeks and how many teams are included in the playoffs. The Wolves have made the playoffs for 18 years in a row.
Tyshawn Harris rushed for 195-yards, ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another as the Wolves defeated Lake Norman Charter.
Quarterback Terrell McClain completed 12-of-his-17 passes for 223-yards and three touchdowns.
In addition to the 31-yard strike to Harris, he threw scoring passes of 47-yards to Tyreke Hollis and 57-yards to Skylar Evans.
The Wolves travel to North Lincoln next week before closing the regular season at home November 3rd against Maiden. They're hoping to continue playing the next week--but that remains to be seen. Lake Norman Charter plays at Bandys next week, still looking for their first conference victory of the year.
[See separate article on LHS Homecoming.]
Bandys 35, West Lincoln 23
The Trojans seem to have the Rebels number. West Lincoln hasn't beaten Bandys in the lifetime of many of the players on both teams. This time, they came close.
Quarterback JaTay Culliver kept the ball on a read-option play and raced 16-yards for a Bandys touchdown with 6:51 left in the first quarter, then scored again sprinting 85-yards for his second rushing TD in the second period and hit Mason Lineberger with a 30-yard TD pass to close the first half giving the Trojans a 21-0 halftime lead.
Nakathon Phansook powered up the middle for 4-yards to put the Rebels on the board with 4:50 left in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 21-8 after a 2-point conversion. The Rebels then recovered the onside kick and Seth Willis kept it on the option for a 10-yard TD run to make it Bandys 21, West Lincoln 16. But Bandys answered with a 12-yard TD run from Elijah Clarke, and Culliver then scored on a 25-yard run, giving the Trojans a 35-16 lead. Willis hit Nathan Beam with a 17-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 35-23 but that came with less than a minute-and-a-half left in the game.
The Rebels play at East Lincoln next Friday while the Trojans will host Lake Norman Charter.
Cherryville 33, Highland Tech 25
Cherryville won its Homecoming game over Highland Tech at Rudisill Stadium for its first Southern Piedmont 1A Conference victory of the season.
A 46-yard pass from Jacob Harden to Quay Fleurine with 9:43 to go in the first quarter was followed by a 77-yard punt return by Fleurine to give the Ironmen a 13-0 lead.
After the Rams cut the lead to 13-6, Cherryville took a 19-6 halftime lead on Chapel Moss’ 1-yard TD run.
Moss ran for 175-yards and three touchdowns in the win. Jacob Harden had 63-yards passing and one touchdown. The victory improves Cherryville's record to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in Southern Piedmont 1A Conference play. The Ironmen will play at home next Friday against Pine Lake Prep while Highland Tech will host Union Academy from Monroe.
Emma Page was crowned Cherryville Homecoming Queen during halftime at Friday's game.
South Point 62, R-S Central 0
Last year, the Red Raiders won the state 3A title. This year, they're a 2A team. When the playoffs happen, they'll likely be in the 2AA bracket--and most expect them to win a title again. That final game of the season hosting Shelby still looms--but regardless of who wins that one and the Southwestern 2A Conference title, both those teams are likely to be in the playoffs and both have shots at state championships--because Shelby will likely be in the 2A (single A) playoffs.
The Raiders ran their record to 9-0 Friday night with an easy win. Next week, they play at Chase. Then comes the 'game of the year' on November 3rd against Shelby.
Shelby 51, East Gaston 6
O-K, so this isn't last year's Shelby team that never trailed in winning a fourth straight state title. They've lost once--to undefeated South Carolina powerhouse South Pointe from Rock Hill. But they're still unbeaten in their conference and likely to stay that way pending that big game against South Point in Belmont on November 3rd.
East Rutherford may give the Golden Lions a tougher test than East Gaston, but the game at Shelby next week should be just a warmup for the one the following Friday. East Gaston will play at R-S Central next Friday.
Crest 49, North Gaston 13
North Gaston kept it close early but the Chargers just had too much talent to be denied.
After Jalin Graham scored on a 12-yard run to tie the game at 7-all, the Wildcats led briefly 13-7 when Donterrio Chambers caught a 69-yard pass from Isaiah McNeil. The PAT failed. Crest answered to take the lead again near the end of the first period and North Gaston couldn't manage any more points the rest of the night. The Wildcats play at Ashbrook next Friday while the Chargers travel to Burns.
Stuart Cramer 43, Ashbrook 15
Ashbrook led much of this game, but Cramer poured it on late for the win. Next week, North Gaston at Ashbrook, Stuart Cramer at Hunter Huss.
Kings Mountain 15, Burns 0
The Mountaineers were tested by the Bulldogs. Only a safety on a blocked punt with 1:28 left in the second period prevented a scoreless tie in the first half. The Mountaineers added two second half TDs to win. The Mounties will host Forestview next Friday before taking on the Crest Chargers in the final regular season game. Kings Mountain is now 5-0 in the Big South 3A Conference, while Crest and Huss are tied for second with 4-1 records. Since Huss won in overtime over Crest last week, the Huskies would be the champs if the Chargers beat Kings Mountain and if Huss wins its final two regular season games--both at home--against Stuart Cramer next week and Ashbrook in the regular season finale.
Thomas Jefferson 26, Bessemer City 14
The dream season may have ended for the Yellow Jackets as TJA scored a decisive victory. Bessemer City led twice in the first half, but Thomas Jefferson held a 16-14 halftime lead and stopped Bessemer cold in the second half. The Gryphons can't do too much celebrating. They will put their 9-0 (5-0 conference) mark on the line next Friday hosting the Mountain Island Charter team in Mooresboro. The Yellow Jackets, now 8-1, 4-1 will play at Community School of Davidson.
Mountain Island Charter 48, Pine Lake Prep 18
The Raptors ran their record to 7-2, 4-1 in the conference, as they beat Pine Lake Prep. Their biggest game of the season is next week at Thomas Jefferson Academy. Pine Lake Prep plays at Cherryville.
Hunter Huss 41, Forestview 6
Hickory 27, South Caldwell 23
Alexander Central 59, St. Stephens 21
West Iredell 36, Bunker Hill 28
Fred T. Foard 28, Draughn 13
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