The Lincolnton JV Wolves slipped past Newton-Conover 20-14 Thursday night.
In the first quarter, freshman quarterback Mardriekus Mayfield had a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak after a 65-yard drive. Mayfield hit Demory Brewer for the two-point conversion to put the Wolves ahead 8-0.
In the second quarter, Newton answered with an eight-yard touchdown that was set up by a 35-yard pass but the conversion failed leaving them trailing 8-6.
On the last play of the half, Brewer proved to be a double threat throwing a reverse pass to T.J. Thompson for a 50-yard touchdown which made the score 14-6.
Newton refused to go away. In the third quarter, the Red Devils scored on a five-yard run set up by another long pass. They ran in the conversion to deadlock the contest at 14-14.
Lincolnton was quick to answer. On the next drive, Marcus Williams put the Wolves ahead to stay 20-14 with a run up the middle.
Lincolntonâ€™s record is now 6-1 on the season with their only loss coming at hands of South Point.
Wolvesâ€™ head coach Fred Dalrymple was pleased with the win but is already looking ahead to their next opponent the Shelby Golden Lions.
â€œWe played well enough to win, but next week to beat Shelby weâ€™re going to have to work harder in practice and play even harder,â€
Jamel Reeves, for the Wolves, scored on a 60-yard interception but was called back due to a clip.
In the last North Lincoln Knightsâ€™ JV game they defeated the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets 22-18.
Josh Mull had a 30-yard run that set himself up for a score. Peyton Brady threw to David Ward.
The Knights scored again on an Aaron Licourt 70-yard kickoff return. Jeff Gallimore sprung him on the play with a crushing block.
Licourt scored again on a 15-yard touchdown. Michael Franklin and Deon Carter were cited by Knightsâ€™ head coach Dan Brown for solid play.
Defensive standouts for the Knights were: Isaiah Matthews with one solo tackle and 14 assists. Jarrett Robbins with three solo, four assists, two sacks and a forced fumble. Luis Fonseca had 12 assists.
Brown was pleased with his teamâ€™s last outing, but believes they can do a better job of finishing drives.
â€œThe defense stepped up. We had a little letdown, but then again we were going against a 6â€™0â€ 268 lb. fullback and we kept him in check. Offense played well. We didnâ€™t capitalize on a deep punt return by Montreal Wilson, but when we didnâ€™t score we pretty much stopped ourselves.â€
Shelby beat West Lincoln 21-7 Thursday night. The Golden Lions surged out to a 14-0 lead scoring twice in the first quarter.
With five seconds to go, Jake Watts scored on a five-yard run bringing the Rebels to a 14-7 half time score. Aaron Scott kicked the extra point.
Shelby opened the second half with a kickoff return for a touchdown. The Rebelsâ€™ defense then stiffened led by Randall Neal and held the Golden Lions scoreless on offense the remainder of the game.
West Lincoln head coach Gene Scronce said they just couldnâ€™t quite put it all together on offense.
â€œOffensively, we just couldnâ€™t put drives together. Watts threw it well and the receivers (Zeke Elmore and Eric Armstrong made plays, but then we would miss one block and that would be the person to make the tackle. Their team speed was an issue,â€ he said.
The Rebels fall to 3-3 on the season and will face Bandys next week.
by John Mark Brooks