10/12/2018 8:52:00 AM Friday Night Football All games are expected to be played as scheduled
Landon Beard (center) was named the First Federal Savings Bank Player of the Week. The choice is made by Ken Link and Tim Johnson, who broadcast the Lincoln County Game of the Week on WLON Radio. With Beard are Knights Coach Nick Bazzle (left) and Demery Brewer of First Federal.
(Photos Courtesy Tim Johnson)
NLHS Knights (3-0 in the South Fork Conference)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
There are three very important games involving Lincoln County teams this Friday. West Lincoln will play at Lincolnton. For a change, the Rebels are heavily favored, and having lost to North Lincoln two weeks ago, they need to win the rest of their games to take a South Fork 2A Conference championship. Lincolnton will try to turn things around playing its Homecoming game. (The Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 4 PM through downtown Lincolnton.)
North Lincoln is one of two teams with unblemished conference records. The Knights play at Maiden this week. Preseason and even early into it, the Blue Devils were considered by many as likely conference champs. They've suffered losses to Bandys and West Lincoln, but they're still a formidable opponent, and this is not only a home game for them--it's Homecoming. The field is very, very wet--and there had been some thought to postponing the game, but there's not only the game but a Homecoming dance planned, and moving it to Monday creates a problem because it may also rain Monday night; so the decision was made to proceed with the game Friday night.
To beat the Blue Devils, North Lincoln will have to do what it has done best this season--control the ball and play great defense. Landon Beard, the Knights QB, was named the First Federal Savings Bank Player of the Week for his performance against East Lincoln last Friday. Beard completed only three of his five passes last Friday, but one of those was a 26-yarder to Seth Moody that set up a field goal by Ian Fiore, helping to halt a comeback by the Mustangs that had cut the lead from 21-0 down to 21-10 before that kick. Beard doesn't throw a lot--only ten times total in the previous two games, but he manages the power attack well. The Knights gang tackle and their defense coupled with their ball control offense has helped them to their current position in a tie for tops in the league.
Bandys is also undefeated in conference play; the Trojans only loss was to Hickory (by a single point, 28-27). East Lincoln, like West, has only one conference loss, and could still win the conference title--but they'll need to upset Bandys to keep that hope alive. North Lincoln's strong defense held quarterback Chase Jones to a 5 for 19 passing performance last week, but that got the Mustangs 172 yards and one of those passes was to Tavin Johnson for a TD. The big question this week is whether the Mustangs defense can stop Ethan Howard and the Bandys power attack.
Other games scheduled for Friday night include Cherryville hosting Union Academy from Monroe, and the Game of the Week in the Big South 3A Conference with undefeated Hunter Huss hosting the Crest Chargers, who also haven't lost in the conference.
Now here's the complete schedule for this Friday:
West Lincoln @ Lincolnton (Homecoming) North Lincoln @ Maiden (Homecoming) East Lincoln @ Bandys Union Academy @ Cherryville Crest @ Hunter Huss South Point @ East Rutherford Stuart Cramer @ North Gaston East Gaston @ Chase Forestview @ Burns Ashbrook @ Kings Mountain Pine Lake Prep @ Bessemer City Highland Tech @ Thomas Jefferson Academy Community School of Davidson @ Mountain Island Charter East Burke @ Bunker Hill St. Stephens @ Watauga Hickory @ West Caldwell
The Lincoln County Schools Junior Varsity games from Thursday were all postponed until Monday night. That schedule has:
Lincolnton JVs @ West Lincoln JVs Bandys JVs @ East Lincoln JVs Maiden JVs @ North Lincoln JVs
On the radio and on the internet:
WLON (1050AM, 107.5FM) WEST LINCOLN @ LINCOLNTON WCSL (1590AM, 92.3FM)UNION ACADEMY @ CHERRYVILLE WOHS (1390AM, 101.5FM)CREST @ HUNTER HUSS WNNC (1230AM, 101.3FM) NORTH LINCOLN @ MAIDEN
YOU-TUBE VIDEO (KTC Broadcasting) Ashbrook @ Kings Mountain Shelby @ RS Central Forestview @ Burns
The WLON, WCSL, and WOHS games will also be available online at ktcbroadcasting.com. The WNNC game will also be available online.
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