TUESDAY SEPT. 28
Maiden 43, East Burke 6
FRIDAY OCT. 1st
Lincolnton 27, Bandys 7
After losing their first four games but showing steady improvement, the Lincolnton Wolves have now won two in a row. Their defense was again excellent, but like last week, the offense came from a slow start to take over later in the game. The first quarter was scoreless but the visiting Trojans were threatening to score as the 2nd qtr began. The defense held up, and on 4th down, Bandys tried a 29-yd FG but it was no good and the game remained scoreless. Bandys finally scored with 1:02 left in the first half, then got an onsides kick. They got into the LHS Red Zone but an interception by Anthony Odum in the end zone stopped the drive.
With 9:43 left in the 3rd period, DeAndre Smith went 55 yards for a TD and the EP kick tied the game at 7-all. After the Wolves took a 14-7 lead on a 70-yd TD pass from Andre Bost to Anthony Odum, Bernard Wingate scored on a 5-yd run o make it 21-7. He scored again on a 29-yd run with 7:35 left in the game to make it 27-7.
The win moves Lincolnton into third place in the Catawba Valley Conference with a 2-1 conference record. Bunker Hill is on top after beating West Lincoln; the Bears are 3-0 in the league. Maiden is 2-0 with a game scheduled for Saturday night. Newton-Conover is 1-1 with a game set for noon Saturday.
Next Friday LHS will play at West Caldwell while Bandys will visit Maiden.
Bunker Hill 15, West Lincoln 7
Football fans can count on West Lincoln for a close game. The Rebels are now 4-2 after two consecutive losses, but they've led in every game they've played and none of them has been decided until the fourth quarter. Friday night, they had to take on an unbeaten opponent for the second week in a row. Bunker Hill was playing without their regular starting QB, Jason Elder.
The two teams held each other scoreless until the Bears kicked a 31-yd field goal just before the half. West scored on a Jordan Truesdale to Trent Goins 25-yd TD pass but Bunker Hill answered with a score, the EP try was no good and the score was 9-7 with two minutes left in the 3rd period. West drove to the Bears 4-yd line, but a penalty moved them back to the 9; they then got back to the 3 but failed to score. The Bears then drove for a score with two minutes 29 seconds left left for a 15-7 lead and that became the final score.
Mason Avery ran for 122 yards in the loss. Jordan Truesdale completed 5 of his 14 passes for 70 yds including two to Goins, one of them for the Rebels' TD and the other on the drive to set up that score. Defensively, Curti Goins had seven tackles and two assists, Xandor Headrick had six tackles and three assists, Zach Daigler had six tackles and two assists, and Mason Avery had seven tackles. Nathan Kester had three tackles including two tackles for loss and four assists.
West Lincoln will play at Newton-Conover next Friday. Bunker Hill will travel to East Burke.
North Lincoln 50, North Iredell 0
North Iredell hadn't won a football game since September 2018, but then they won two in a row before taking on North Lincoln in their Homecoming Friday night. The Knights spoiled the occasion
Quarterback Kyle Kovalchuk scored the first TD with just under five minutes left in the first quarter. Two minutes later, he tossed a 32-yard TD pass to Tyler Donahue, then ran for another touchdown early in the second quarter.
On a 4th & 13 at the North Iredell 35, Kovalchuk hit Timmy Schafer for a 35-yd touchdown pass. Brennan Rogers ran for another TD and Kovalchuk scored again on a 47-yard run just before halftime and the Knights were ahead 38-0 at the break.
Donahue scored on a two-yard run late in the third quarter and Gavin Freeman recovered a fumble in the end zone for the final North Lincoln TD with a minute and a half left in the game.
The Knights made good on two-point tries after their first two touchdowns. After the third, Liam Sutton's EP kick was blocked, but he was good on the next four.
The win moves North into second plce in the Western Foothills Conference behind 3-0 Statesville. The Knights are 2-1. North Lincoln will host St. Stephens on Friday. North Iredell will play at Hickory.
East Lincoln 45, West Iredell 0
It was all Mustangs as they built a 38-0 first quarter lead and dominated the first half leading 45-0 at halftime. They didn't score in the second half---but they didn't need to score. After losing their first two games in the Western Foothills Conference, the Mustangs finally got a league win. East, now 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the league, will host Fred T. Foard next Friday. West Iredell will play at Statesville.
Patton 22, Cherryville 14
Cooper Sloan scored both Cherryville touchdowns, one in the second and one in the third quarter, but the Ironmen lost their fifth in a row after an opening game win. They'll play at Highland Tech on Friday.
Statesville 56, Fred T. Foard 0
The Greyhounds were off to the races and the Tigers had no answer. This week, Statesville will host West Iredell while Foard will play at East Lincoln.
Crest 27, South Point 26
The Chargers overcame a 14-0 first quarter deficit and only took the lead with four minutes left in the game, but the final score gave them their fourth win of the season.
The Red Raiders scored on their first possession when Cam Medlock tossed a 32-yd TD pass to Jackson Blee and Charlie Birtwistle's extra point kick made it 7-0. Then Ayson "Aj" Riley scored on a two-yard run and with the EP kick, it was 14-0. The Chargers cut that to 14-7 early in the second quarter, but Riley scored again on a 5-yd run and it was 20-7. Birtwistle missed that extra point, and that would eventually prove very important.
Crest kicked off to South Point to start the second half, but when they got the ball, they scored again to cut the lead to 20-14.
Early in the fourth quarter, Riley ran 50 yds for another TD and the Raiders tried a two-point conversion but didn't make it and the lead was 26-14. After South Point kicked off, Crest scored as Ny’Tavious Huskey connected with Javarius Green for a 55-yd TD pass and the EP kick made it 26-21. The defense took over and stopped the Raiders; then the Chargers scored on a 34-yard run by Mari Adams to take their first lead with four minutes left. A two-point EP try was no good, but Crest had the points needed for the win. The Raiders tried a desperation 50-yd field goal with time running out but it sailed wide left. For the night the Chargers' Mari Adams had 191 yards rushing and that game-winning touchdown. South Point's "Aj" Riley ran for 233 yards and three touchdowns.
This week, the rescheduled Crest at Shelby game will be played at Blanton Stadium. The Red Raiders will host Kings Mountain.
Burns 42, Bessemer City 0
QB Ben Mauney got things started with a first quarter TD and Ansley Camacho's EP kick made it 7-0. LJ Allen's 18-yd run and another EP kick gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 first quarter lead. Jeremiah Norris then had a long run to set up a one-yard TD and Cahari Haynes ran for a two-point conversion and it was 22-0. Mauney threw a 35-yd TD pass to Ryan Thompson to make it 28-0, and completed an 81-yarder to Thompson for another score to give Burns a 35-0 halftime lead. The final Bulldogs TD came on a 3rd quarter pass to Hunter Davis.
Burns is now 4-2 and despite losses to Watauga and Kings Mountain, they are 2-0 in the 1A/2A mixed Southern Piedmont Conference, the same league mark as East Gaston. Shelby has a 3-0 conference record.
This week, the Bulldogs will host Thomas Jefferson while Bessemer City will play at East Gaston.
East Gaston 42, Thomas Jefferson 37
This was the classic scoring show as the two teams took turns leading by a TD. Neither ever led by more than seven points. A late safety made for the final score. East Gaston is now 4-2, but 2-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A mixed league. They'll host Bessemer City Friday while Thomas Jefferson will play at Burns.
Kings Mtn. 28, Forestview 14
A goal-line stand just before halftme preserved a 7-7 tie, and the Mountaineers, who had trailed 7-0 after the first quarter, came out strong in the second half. Jonah Patrick completed a 42 Yd pass to D'Andre Hoyle for a TD and Jake Loyd returned a fumble 20 yards for a score. Robert Kendrick, who had scored Kings Mountain's first TD in the second quarter ran for a two-point conversion to make it 21-0. The Jaguars got a touchdown late in the third period, but in the fourth, Seth Neal iced the win with a one-yard run and this time, Jaden Ellis's kick was good for a 28-14 final. The Mountaineers, now 5-1, 3-0 in the Big South 3A, will play at South Point on Friday. Forestview will host Hunter Huss.
Shelby 72, Highland Tech 0
It was no contest. The Golden Lions ran all over their outclassed opponents. This Friday, the Crest at Shelby game will finally be played at Blanton Stadium. It was postponed from earlier in the season because Crest was in COVID protocol. Highland Tech will host Cherryville.
Ashbrook 47, North Gaston 20
Quarterback Chandler Meeks threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Carmelo Bess ran for a TD and had a 70-yard kickoff return for another score. The Green Wave defense returned three interceptions for touchdowns. Ashbrook will play at Stuart Cramer on Friday. North Gaston will have the week off.
Stuart Cramer 33, Hunter Huss 8
QB Justin Rocquemore hit 24 of 42 passes, three of them for TDs, and ran for 116 yards and another score as the Storm overwhelmed the Huskies. The defense held Huss to a safety and a late touchdown when the game was already out of reach.
This week: Stuart Cramer will host Ashbrook, whle the Huskies will still be trying for their first win of the season at Forestview.
Hickory 43, St. Stephens 15
The Red Tornadoes scored on their first two possessions. St. Stephens lost fumbles on their first two. Hickory dominated the rest of the first half to lead 27-7 at halftime, then returned the 2nd half kickoff for a score, then got a safety. From there they added to the advantage for a final 43-15 score.
This week, the Red Tornadoes will host North Irdell while St. Stephens will play at North Lincoln.
Mountain Island Charter 42, Winston-Salem Prep 14
The Raptors were led by quarterback Dylan Bisson, who completed 10-of-17 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns, all on passes to Trae Nickelson, who had 5 catches for 235 yards. while Ben Patton ran for 153 yards and two TDs.
On Friday Mtn. Island Charter will host Pine Lake Prep.
SATURDAY OCT. 2nd
Newton-Conover 19, East Burke 12
The Red Devils scored a first quarter safety and a second period touchdown for a 9-0 halftime lead. Seniors Zane Redmond and Xavion Coulter scored TDs for the winners and Dax Shannon hit a 27-yd field goal. The Red Devils will host West Lincoln Friday; East Burke will play at home against Bunker Hill.
Maiden 49, West Caldwell 6
It was the third game they'd played in just over a week, but the Maiden Blue Devils didn't look tired at all Saturday night. It was Homecoming, and they put on a show for the crowd.
Quarterback Ethan Rhodes completed all eight of his passes, three of them for touchdowns in the first quarter. Alec Hall caught the first, a 9-yarder. Then a 53-yard catch and run by Ben Gibbs and Carson Foard's second EP kick made it 14-0. Jacob Sigmon caught the third, a 40-yard strike. Then Rhodes hit Hall with another TD pass. Gibbs ran six yards for the fifth Maiden touchdown and a 35-0 lead. Hall then returned a fumble 62 yards and the home team held a 42-0 halftime advantage.
The last Maiden touchdown came early in the third period on a 51-yard run by Isaiah Thomas. West Caldwell finally managed a single score late in the fourth quarter.
Maiden is now 6-0, 3-0 in the Catawba Valley Conference, tied with Bunker Hill for the top spot. On Friday, the Blue Devils will host Bandys. West Caldwell, still winless, will visit Lincolnton.
By the way, the Maiden at Bunker Hill game, likely the game to decide the conference championship, will be the next Friday (Oct. 15th).