The West Lincoln Rebels played host to The Maiden Blue Devils at Douglas Leonhardt Memorial Stadium Friday renewing an old rivalry.
It was the first meeting between the two teams in five years. The Rebels played well early, but the Blue Devils took control in the second half and came away with a 35-14 win.
The Rebelsâ€™ offense opened the game with an impressive 14-play drive.
Senior Gene Arp scored on a four-yard run. The point after was no good. The drive was highlighted by good blocking up front and hard running by Arp, Paul Chambers, and Chase Harbinson.
Maiden had problems getting their offense going early in the game.
Penalties and a strong Rebel defense had the Blue Devils frustrated, but late in the first quarter Maiden put together an eight-play drive.
Maiden then scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 12-yard run by Tommy Henry. The point after failed, making the score 6-6.
West Lincoln was unable to move the football on their next two possessions. After a 41-yard punt by Garrett Gilbert, the Blue Devil offense struck quickly. Maiden quarterback Vantrel England found his favorite receiver Petey McClain on a short pass.
McClain was able to break away, racing 63 yards for a touchdown. Maiden scored on the two-point conversion making the score 14-6. The scoring drive took only three plays.
West Lincoln`s final drive before halftime was stopped when Maiden intercepted a Rebel pass.
The third quarter saw Maiden running back Henry score two touchdowns giving the Blue Devils a 28-6 lead. Henry scored again in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run.
Late in the game the Rebel offense went on a 13-play drive. Chambers scored on a 1-yard run. Rebel Quarterback Taylor Woodie ran in for the two-points to end the scoring.
Henry led all rushers with 171 yards on 30 carries, while West Lincoln was led by Chambers who had 84 yards on 17 carries.
The Maiden defense did a good job in containing Arp who ended up with 74 yards on 14 carries.
Maiden coach Tom Brown praised his defense as a big reason his team won.
West Lincoln head coach Randall Gusler said, ” we came out fired up and ready to play, but we just didn`t make it happen.”
West Lincoln (0-2, 0-0) will travel to Fred T. Foard (0-2, 0-0) next Friday, while Maiden (2-0, 0-0) will host Lincolnton (2-0,0-0).
by Rick Mitchem and Jonathan Scronce