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11/9/2017 3:58:00 AM
Playoffs Begin
Brendon Ikard was named the First Federal Player of the Week for last week. He is seen here with Coach Tom Sain and Demery Brewer of First Federal Savings Bank.
Brendon Ikard was named the First
Federal Player of the Week for last
week. He is seen here with Coach
Tom Sain and Demery Brewer of
First Federal Savings Bank.
Ikard with his teammates.(Photos Courtesy Tim Johnson)
Ikard with his teammates.

(Photos Courtesy Tim Johnson)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

We had expected last week to be the end of the season for Tom Sain's West Lincoln Rebels--and we thought Lincolnton might need a win over Maiden to make the NCHSAA playoffs.  That would have been true had they been classified 2AA; but the Rebels and Wolves will play this week in the 2A playoffs. 

The Rebels lost six of their last eight games--but finished the regular season with a win over Lake Norman Charter.  This Friday, the 4-7 Rebels will travel to Reidsville to play the 11-0 Rams.

Lincolnton came close before losing to the undefeated Blue Devils.  The Wolves will play at Graham.  LHS is seeded lower than the Red Devils even though Lincolnton won five of its 11 games while Graham finished 3-8 and many are wondering how they even made the playoffs.

For anyone who doesn't know, Graham is located just east of Burlington.  Fans who plan to go should expect about a two-and-a-quarter hour drive (minimum).  Take I-40 east to NC54 Harden Street in Graham Exit 148, go west on NC54 three-tenths of a mile, then turn right on Elm Street (NC49) and go 1.5 miles to Trollinger Road.  Turn right onto Trollinger Road and look for the school on the right.

For West Lincoln fans wanting to make the trip to Reidsville, the drive time is similar.  Reidsville is located north of Greensboro.  Take I-40 east to Exit 210, then north on I-73 to US158, then turn right onto US158, go about 18 miles and turn right onto Benton Lane and left onto Cypress Drive and where it intersects with Park Drive, turn right and the school will be on your left.

East Lincoln plays at Mt. Pleasant in the 2AA playoffs.  It takes a little less than an hour to get there.  You can take Highway 73 or go NC16 to I-485, then NC49 (recommended).  In either case turn onto Walker Road just west of Mt. Pleasant.

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Cherryville will be in the 1AA playoffs at Swain County (Bryson City). That's about a two-hour forty-five minute drive. It's off US74 (Exit 67).

Maiden fans will get to enjoy their team's game without leaving town. The Blue Devils will play at home against Fred T. Foard in a battle of two long-time rivals. Maiden is unbeaten, 11-0 and champs of the South Fork Conference, while the 8-3 Tigers finished third behind unbeaten Hibriten and Patton in the Northwestern 2A Conference. Some Catawba County fans were disappointed with the conference alignment that began this year. It put Foard and Bunker Hill in that conference while Maiden, Newton-Conover and Bandys were all placed in the South Fork Conference with the four Lincoln County teams and Lake Norman Charter. Maiden beat Foard 37-14 in the opening game of the season, but the Tigers have improved greatly since then.

Some Shelby fans are already looking forward to next Friday (November 17th). If the Golden Lions beat Newton-Conover this Friday, they'll travel to Belmont for a rematch with the South Point Red Raiders if the undefeated South Point team wins over 5-6 West Iredell as expected. Shelby will have the home field advantage, but Wes Beam's Red Devils are not to be taken lightly.

Kings Mountain beat Forestview 63-7 on October 27th. They'll host the Jaguars again this Friday in the 3A playoffs. The Mountaineers' only loss this season was in overtime to Shelby.

Mountain Island Charter and Thomas Jefferson Academy both have this week off. They got first round byes in the 1A playoffs and will begin playoff games next Friday (November 17th). Bessemer City got a bye in the 1AA playoffs and will host the winner of the Cherryville-Swain County game next week.

Games This Friday Include:

1AA Playoffs
  • Cherrryville at Swain County
2A Playoffs
  • Lincolnton at Graham
  • West Lincoln at Reidsville
2AA Playoffs
  • East Lincoln at Mt. Pleasant
  • Fred T. Foard at Maiden
  • Newton-Conover at Shelby
  • West Iredell at South Point
  • Bandys at Hibriten
3A Playoffs
  • Forestview at Kings Mountain
  • Monroe at Crest
  • West Rowan at Hunter Huss
  • Concord at Stuart Cramer
  • Hickory at Weddington
3AA Playoffs
  • Ashbrook at Mount Tabor

First Federal Player Of The Week
Brendon Ikard of West Lincoln was named the First Federal Player of the Week for his performance in the Rebels' win over Lake Norman Charter.  Ikard was one of two Rebels who ran for two TDs (the other was Nakathon Phansook, who won the award earlier in the season).  Ikard ran for 150-yards in the victory.  


You can hear this Friday's Lincolnton at Graham game starting with the Lincoln County preview show with Tim Johnson and Ken Link at 6:30 PM on WLON Radio (1050AM) and on

The Fred T. Foard at Maiden game will be on WNNC (1230AM, 101.3FM).

The Newton-Conover at Shelby game will   be on  

The Cherryville at Swain County game will be on WCSL (1590AM) and on

WOHS (1390AM, 101.5FM) will have the Monroe at Crest game.  It will also be on

The Forestview at Kings Mtn. game will be on

The Lincoln Herald will update scores on all the games involving area teams throughout the evening and we'll have final scores as soon as the games are completed.

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