Lincolnton at West Lincoln Photos 1-69 Courtesy Keri Yount
Bandys at East Lincoln Photos 70-86 Courtesy Kirk Herbertson
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Rebels Romp West Lincoln 54, Lincolnton 14 Xander Pendergrass ran 50 yards on the Rebels first possession, then also ran for the two-point EP conversion to give West an 8-0 lead. Lincolnton drove to a first and goal, but missed a field goal attempt on its first possession. Canon Bridges then ran for another West Lincoln TD and another two-point conversion to make it 16-0 at the end of the 1st quarter Rebels QB Mason Huitt then ran six yards for another TD and yet another 2-point conversion made it 24-0. With only 11 seconds left until halftime, a pick six interception and a Bridges run for the two extra points made it 32-0 at halftime. Lincolnton succeeded in getting an on-side kick recovery to start the second half. EJ Manjarres replaced Reid at QB and tossed a TD pass to Deandra Smith to make it 32-7. Pendergrass then ran 18 yards for another TD and the 2-point conversion made it 40-7. Bridges then ran for his second TD of the night and the 2-point conversion by Huitt made it 48-7. Another TD in the 4th quarter made it 54-7. Manjarres then recovered his own fumble for a second Wolves TD and the kick made it 54-14.
Knights' Defense Crunches Maiden North Lincoln 42, Maiden 0 If last week's resounding win over East Lincoln was a statement, the North Lincoln drubbing of the Blue Devils was the exclamation point--setting up a showdown with Newton-Conover next Friday for what is likely to be the championship game of the South Fork Conference. Jake Soorus ran 18 yards for the first TD of the night; Ian Fiore's kick made it 7-0; then Sam Brady covered a 4th down Maiden fumble as the ball sailed over the punter's head for another TD and Soorus ran for the 2-point conversion to make it 15-0. Tyler Craig Rathbone then recovered a Maiden fumble on the kickoff as the first quarter came to an end. Landon Beard scored on a 1-yard run and Fiore kicked the EP; then Brock Rankin intercepted a Blue Devil pass as the North defense continued to stymie Maiden, Brady ran for another TD; then Daniel Carter intercepted a Maiden pass setting up a Ty Williams TD run and with five minutes left in the first half, the Knights led 35-0. Sam Brady then ran 70 yards for another Knights TD on the first play of the second half and the kick made it 42-0. Nobody scored after that--but the Knights didn't need any more.
Homecoming Win East Lincoln 23, Bandys 0 Playing their Homecoming game, the Mustangs had no trouble with the Trojans. They built a 10-0 halftime lead, then added two more TDs--one on a 91-yard run by QB Justin Barnett, the other a 10-yard run by Cole Barber. Next week, the Mustangs, whose only loss this season was to North Lincoln last week, play at Maiden. Gabrielle Leach (better known as Gabby, a star player on the East Lincoln Volleyball team) was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime. See our article Leach Crowned 2019 East Lincoln Homecoming Queen
Union Academy 35, Cherryville 7
Kings Mountain 56, Ashbrook 0 Luke Bishop, Rashaard Brooks & Ethan Reid all ran for TDs and Reid tossed a touchdown pass to Orlando Odums as the Mountaineers jumped to a 28-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Reid hit Kobe Paysour with two TD passes and Austin Browning's foot got a workout kicking extra points as the Mounties advanced to a 42-0 halftime lead. A pair of TDs by Albert Hope and two more EP kicks by Browning provided the final score, 56-0. Next week, the Mountaineers will have an open date before hosting Forestview on November 1st. They'll play at Crest on November 8th in the final regular season game--likely to decide the Big South championship.
Chargers Take Top Spot in Big South 3A Conference Crest 36, Hunter Huss 29 It was expected to be a close game, and it ended that way; but early on it appeared the Chargers would have their way with the Huskies. Crest led 13-0 at the half and was ahead 29-14 in the final period when Huss--the team that manhandled Kings Mountain the previous week--finally showed up. Huss tied the score at 29-all. The Chargers then scored to make it 36-29. Huss got the ball for a final chance with only 33 seconds left in the game. They got as close as the Crest 16-yard line, but that's where it ended. Crest is now 4-0 in the conference, 7-2 overall. The loss drops Huss to 2-1, 5-2 overall. Next week, the Chargers play at North Gaston while the Huskies are at Forestview. While the Jaguars are also 2-1 in the league and still have a shot at the conference championship, the final game of the season appears likely to decide the title--that's when Crest will host Kings Mountain.
Cats Beat Dogs Shelby 26, Burns 13 The Golden Lions beat the Bulldogs to maintain their top spot in the Southwest 2A Conference and likely #1 seed in the state playoffs. A fumble by Burns set up a 4-yard run by Donye Fuller, followed by a 91-yard pass from Isaiah Bess to Diavonni Daley to give Shelby an early 13-0 lead. Burns answered as Cam'Ron Sweezy scored on a 1-yard plunge to cut the lead to 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. In the third quarter, Omar Phillips ran for two TDs to give Shelby a 26-7 lead. Sweezy got another TD for the Bulldogs near the end of the period to make it 26-13 and that became the final score. Next week, Shelby has an open date while Burns plays at East Gaston.
Red Devils Pitchfork LNC Newton-Conover 50, Lake Norman Charter 7 Allen Wilfong scored three TDs as the Devils cruised to an easy win. Next Friday, they'll host North Lincoln in a game likely to decide the South Fork Conference championship.
South Point 35, East Rutherford 0
Stuart Cramer 21, North Gaston 9
Chase 61, East Gaston 19
Thomas Jefferson Academy 53, Highland Tech 6
Forestview 47, Catawba Ridge 30
Mountain Island Charter 44, Community School of Davidson 7