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Bessemer City running back Shane Whitlock had a record-breaking night against the North Lincoln Knights, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 48-22 victory.
The Knights jumped out with an 8-6 lead after sophomore quarterback Trent Hopkins connected with Devin Borders for a 65-yard touchdown.
Whitlock scored on a 49-yard run and a 73-yard run in the first quarter to put the Yellow Jackets up 13-8.
E.J. Roberts scored on a one-yard run, extending Bessemer’s lead to 19-8. Hopkins then connected to senior wideout Lesharion Johnson for 22 yards for a touchdown. Hopkins converted the two-point conversion, hooking up with Borders to make the score 19-16.
Roberts scored on a 15-yard run, extending the Jackets’ lead to 25-16. Geoffrey Shiver added a two-point conversion, bringing the score to 27-16.
Hopkins scored an eight-yard run. The conversion failed. Shiver connected with Anthony Day for 20 yards.
Whitlock continued to do damage, running in the two-point conversion to give the Jackets a 35-22 advantage, which they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Bessemer City scored twice in the fourth quarter and held North Lincoln to 0 points in the second half to record a 48-22 win.
North’s record is now 1-6 on the year with an 0-3 Southern Foothill’s conference record.
Whitlock ended the game with 294 yards on 28 carries. The mark shattered the school record for single-game rushing by 29 yards.
He also has compiled 3,161 yards in his career, which has already broken Harry Floyd’s old career rushing record of 3,063.
Knights’ head coach Lonnie Custer was impressed with Whitlock’s ability.
“He did a great job reading his blocks and he’s explosive. He has great speed on the football field,” he said.
Custer was pleased with his team’s effort but was miffed by one play in particular.
“We had a 70-yard kickoff return and we dropped a touchdown pass. We can’t make excuses anymore,” he said.
After a tough emotional week, finding out they will have to forfeit their victory over Charlotte Christian, the Knights will now have an open week before squaring off against Highland Tech.
Custer believes the Knights can and should win the remainder of their games.
“We have four winnable ball games and I expect to win every game we play from here on out.”
Hopkins, the second-year signal caller, finished the game 14-of-24 for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 1,054 yards on the season passing according to Custer.
Hopkins also has proved to be a viable threat on the ground as well, rushing for seven touchdowns to go along with his seven TDs passing.
Knights’ WR Borders caught five passes for 142 yards.
“The offensive line did a great job in pass protection. They (the receivers) made some big plays. We have to play four quarters on both sides of the ball—until we do that it’s going to be hard to come away with the victory,” Custer said.

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