The Lincolnton JV Wolves lost to Shelby 28-22 Thursday night in a game that will likely decide the Midwest 2A JV title.
In the first quarter, fullback Marcus Williams put the Wolves up 6-0 with Phil Robinson running in the two-point conversion to give the Wolves an early 8-0 lead.
Both teams were scoreless for the remainder of the first half. Then in the third quarter Hayes began to take over for Shelby. He had a 15-yard touchdown run, but the conversion failed leaving the Golden Lions behind by two.
Hayes then broke loose for a 65-yard score, and carried in the conversion to put Shelby ahead 14-8.
Lincolnton fumbled the ensuing kickoff on the 15-yard line and Hayes scored his third touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run. The Golden Lions kicked the extra point to make it 21-8.
Wolvesâ€™ running back Phil Robinson scored on a 10-yard sweep after a 65-yard drive. A Williamsâ€™ conversion brought the Wolves to within five, 21-16.
In the fourth quarter, Hayes scored on a 50-yard run. The Golden Lions made an extra point to make it 28-16.
Lincolnton answered late in the fourth quarter as Quarterback Mardriekus Mayfield hit Marcus Williams on a screen pass for a 70-yard score. The conversion failed to make it 28-22.
The Wolves attempted an onside kick that Shelby recovered.
Running back C.J. Wilson had over 100 rushing yards, while teammate Williams had over 100 yards all-purpose.
Tavares Jefferies and Josh Adams both recorded interceptions.
Lincolnton falls to 6-2 on the year. Head coach Fred Dalrymple was pleased with his kidâ€™s effort but said one side of the ball needed to improve.
â€œOffensively, we had a great effort. Defensively, we couldnâ€™t stop Hayes and we didnâ€™t even line up right. We have to go back and try to improve on defense,â€ he said.
North Lincoln fell to Polk Co. 35-20 Thursday night in Polk County.
T.J. Skidmore scored the first touchdown of the night on a 50-yard pass from Peyton Brady.
Brady then hit Josh Gerkins for a 40-yard scoring strike. Brady threw to Skidmore, who made an acrobatic catch getting one foot in, for the two-point conversion that dead locked the contest at 14 at halftime.
After a Knightsâ€™ fumble, Polk scored to make it 20-14 in the third quarter. Aaron Licourt set up a Brady touchdown with a 25-yard run. The conversion failed leaving the score tied.
At the end of the third, another Knightsâ€™ fumble on their own 10 led to another Wolverine score putting them ahead 28-20.
In the fourth, Polk scored on a 60-yard run to put the nail in the coffin.
North falls to 2-4, 1-2 on the season.
Knightsâ€™ head coach Dan Brown was proud of one player in particular and took some responsibility for the loss.
â€œCody Peeler had an outstanding game. Bad calls by my part led to some big runs. The kids played great. We made them punt several times, but we fumbled too much and you canâ€™t score when you donâ€™t have the ball,â€ he said.
The West Lincoln Rebels fell 27-7 to the Bandys Trojans.
The Rebelsâ€™ offense could never get started against a stout Bandysâ€™ defense. The Trojans scored first in the second quarter with an interception returned for a touchdown.
The halftime score was 13-0 Trojans. The Rebels were able to get on the board in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard run by Logan Scronce. The extra point was made by Aaron Scott.
The Rebelsâ€™ defense played tough all night, but the Trojans were left with a short field on most possessions. Payden Houser was a defensive standout in the losing cause forcing a fumble and making an interception.
Head coach Gene Scronce believed the loss came down to turnovers.
â€œTurnovers lead to their first 14 points, which was the difference.â€
by ALICE SMITH and DIANE TURBYFILL