It only took one snap in the second half of Friday night`s high school football game between Maiden and Lincolnton to set the tone for the rest of the night.
On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, sophomore tailback Tommy Henry raced 62 yards down the sideline to give the Blue Devils a lead that they would not relinquish in a 29-6 win at Lincolnton`s Memorial Stadium.
After a scoreless defensive struggle in the first half, Maiden put 21 points on the board in the third quarter. Following his touchdown and two point conversion runs, Henry picked off a Zack Gibson pass on the defensive side of the ball and returned it 12 yards to the Wolves eleven-yard line.
Five plays later, Brandon Finger would score on a quarterback keeper from a yard out. Alejandro Jimenez added the extra point, and the Blue Devils led 15-0.
On Maiden`s next possession, fullback Barrett Stanley scored on a 27-yard run straight up the middle of the Lincolnton defense.
The two point conversion attempt failed, but the Blue Devils had built a comfortable 21-0 lead.
The Wolves got on the board late in the third quarter when Gibson found tight end Dustin Metts free down the center of the field for a 30- yard scoring strike.
The extra point attempt was wide right, and Lincolnton trailed 21-6.
The Blue Devils would tack on another touchdown in the fourth quarter. Stanley got his second scoring run of the night, this time from nine yards out.
Finger then hit Tristan Lawing for the two point conversion, giving Maiden their final margin of victory.
Henry led the Blue Devils offensive attack, gaining 175 yards on 26 carries. Stanley added 61 yards on just five carries. Maiden completed just two passes in the game, both from Finger to Henry for 45 yards.
The Wolves managed only 170 yards of total offense. Gibson completed six of seventeen passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Darrell Friday led the Wolves on the ground, gaining 45 yards on seven carries. Dusty Friday added thirty-five yards on eleven carries.
Turnovers proved to be costly for Lincolnton. The Wolves turned the ball over five times, while Maiden did not commit any.
The Wolves will travel to North Gaston on Friday, while Maiden plays at Newton-Conover.
by David Keever