THURSDAY SCORES: East Lincoln 35, Tuscola 7 Monroe 55, Lincolnton 7 Burns 42, Shelby 0 Crest 42, Oak Grove 15 Bunker Hill 41, Community School of Davidson 40 South Point 74, Greensboro Dudley 41
SOCCER Two soccer playoff games were played Thursday. East Lincoln was eliminated by Asheboro, losing 1-0. Lincoln Charter advanced with a 3-1 victory over Newton-Conover.
FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES:
Maiden 46, Mt. Pleasant 13 Because it was still raining and the forecast was for rain to end, the start of the game was delayed until 8 PM. You can hear it on https://wnncradio.com/football/.
Maiden took the opening kickoff; Chris Culliver returned it deep into MP territory, but a penalty put it back to the Maiden 17. On first down, Ben Gibbs ran to the 37. On the next play, he ran into MP territory to the MP 49. An off-side penalty moved it to the Tigers' 44, and Gibbs ran it from there to the 22. A long pass from Wesley Thompson to Chris Culliver was overthrown. Then Gibbs ran to the 15. On third and five, Gibbs ran to the 11-yd line. Then he ran again, this time to the 5-yd line. He got tackled for no gain on the next play; then lost a yard. On 4th down, a screen pass resulted in another loss back to the Tigers' 12. Mt. Pleasant had to punt and Maiden got the ball at midfield. From there, Thompson threw a pass to Raheim Misher to the MP 29, then a TD pass to Jacob Sigmon, and with 4:27 left in the first period, Carson Foard's EP kick made it 7-0. With two minutes left in the first period, Thompson completed a long pass to Gibbs to the MP 15-yd line. The first quarter ended with Maiden leading 7-0.
Thompson started the second quarter with a pass to Culiver in the end zone, but the officials said he was out of bounds. Gibbs carried the ball to the 7-yd line. On third down, Gibbs ran for another Blue Devils' TD and Foard's EP kick made it 14-0.
After they took the ensuing kickoff and started at their own 20, the Tigers drove downfield. Back-to-back penalties gave Mt. Pleasant a first down at the Maiden 12. On third down, another penalty against Maiden moved the ball to the Maiden 7. On 4th down, Gibbs batted down a pass to the end zone and Maiden took over on downs with less than three minutes left in the first half. Culliver ran for 9 yds; then Gibbs made it to the 22. After an incomplete pass, Gibbs ran to the 39. A holding penalty moved it back to the 30. On third and long, a 50-yd pass to Chris Culliver gave the Blue Devils a first down at the Mt. Pleasant 20. Gibbs ran to the 15, then took a pitchout to the 6-yd line. With 35 seconds left in the first half, Thompson threw an incomplete pass; then, after another penalty against Maiden moved it back to the 11, and from there, two runs, the second a three-yd TD, by Gibbs gave Maiden a 20-0 lead. The EP was nixed on a bad snap and the Blue Devils led 20-0 at the half.
Maiden kicked off to Mt. Pleasant to start the second half. The Tigers turned it over on downs at the Maiden 37. A 73-yd pass to Culliver made it 26-0. The two-point try was no good and Maiden led 26-0 midway thru the third period. With just under 5 minutes left in the third, Thompson threw another touchdown pass to Culliver and the EP kick made it 33-0. After the Maiden kickoff, Mt. Pleasant started at their own 32 and had a long run to the Blue Devils' one-yd line. Three plays later, Mt. Pleasant scored, but they failed on the two-point EP try and the score was Maiden 33, Mt. Pleasant 6. Mt. Pleasant succeeded on an on-side kick and had the ball at the Maiden 39 with 2:15 left in the third period. A pass completion got them to the Maiden 21. A penalty got the ball to the Blue Devils' nine, but a holding penalty moved it back to the 19. A pass to the end zone was incomplete but Maiden was called for pass interference. A run on first down and an incomplete pass on second made it third and goal; on the final play of the third quarter, Maiden stopped the runner at the 9-yd line.
On the first play of the final period, the Tigers completed a 4th down pass for a TD. This time, they kicked the EP and the score was Maiden 33, Mt. Pleasant 13. Another on-side kick try was covered by Josh Stover for Maiden at the Blue Devils' 49. A holding penalty moved it back to the 42, but a 48-yd pass to Misher gave Maiden a first and goal at the MP 10. A screen pass was taken into the end zone by Culliver, but the Blue Devils got called for holding. Thompson then ran 15 yds for a touchdown and the EP kick gave them a 40-13 lead. MP made a first down on one fourth down, but then lost a fumble recovered by Quinn Rembert at the MP 23. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty moved the ball to the three-yard line with 5:07 left in the game. Zane Williams scored to make it Maiden 46, Mt. Pleasant 13. Mt. Pleasant turned the ball over on downs and the Blue Devils ran out the clock. Next Friday, they have a rematch at home with Bunker Hill in the next round of the playoffs. In their regular season meeting, Maiden won 36-33.
Kings Mountain kicked off to Smoky Mountain. When they had to punt, the kick was blocked and Jake Lloyd recovered the ball inside the visitors' 20-yd line. Caleb Holland ran 16 yards for the night's first TD. Jaden Ellis kicked the EP and just three minutes into the game, the unbeaten Mounties led 7-0. Smoky Mtn. made it into KM territory on their next possession but had to punt, KM started at their own 38 and got pushed back 10 yds on a holding penatly. On a 4th down play, they made the first down near midfield. On 4th & 8 at the Mustangs' 37, the Mountaineers faked a punt but failed to make the first down. The first quarter ended with the Mountaineers leading 7-0.
On the first play of the second period, AJ Richardson scored on a one-yd run and Ellis's kick made it 14-0. When Kings Mtn. got the ball again, they drove inside the Mustangs' 20, but lost back to the 27. On third and long, an incomplete pass left them with a 4th & 14 and Lamont Littlejohn threw a TD pass to Caleb Holland and the EP kick made it 21-0 with 7:41 left in the first half. When SM had to punt, KM got the ball near midfield. On 3rd & 6 at the Mountaineers' 41, Littlejohn threw a 59-yd TD pass to Ja'Qualyn Sanders and the Ellis kick made it 28-0 with just over four minutes left until halftime. With less than a minute left in the first half, SM threw a pass to the end zone on a 4th down play from the KM 37, but it was intercepted and the Mounties enjoyed a 28-0 halftime lead.
Smoky Mtn. kicked off to start the second half. KM drove to the 2-yd line on a pass to Sanders; then Teddy Jeffries ran for the score. Ellis's kick made it 35-0. When they got the ball again, they drove to the SM 33 and on a 4th & 10, Littlejohn hit Holland with a TD pass with less than two minutes left in the third period. Ellis's kick made it 42-0 at the end of the third period.
In the fourth quarter, Smoky Mountain drove to the Mountaineers' 17 but the clock ran out and Kings Mountain, with a 42-0 win remain undefeated and will host West Charlotte next Friday. The Lions led Hibriten 28-7 after the first quarter in their game played at West Mecklenburg High School Friday night and cruised to a 56-7 win.
NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Ledford @ East Lincoln Salisbury @ Burns Crest @ South Point Bunker Hill @ Maiden West Charlotte @ Kings Mtn.