Taylor Woodie, who was the second-leading scorer last season with near 11 points per game, underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee Monday, forcing him to miss basketball season.
Despite missing the Rebelsâ€™ final two football games and this coming basketball season, Woodie is staying positive.
â€œI still have one more year and I canâ€™t just be down all the time and leave all my teammates out there,â€ he said. â€œGod will bring me through it and all my teammates are telling me to stay up,â€ he added.
Teammate Daniel Smith sustained a similar injury and will rehab side-by-side with Woodie, something the 5â€™11â€ 180-pound junior believes will help.
â€œWeâ€™re going to push each other to work harder. Weâ€™ve already been talking to the sophomores and juniors about lifting weights starting next week,â€ he said, of his scheduled three days per week rehab.
Lincolnton (6-3, 4-1) will look to spoil North Lincolnâ€™s perfect run through the Southern Piedmont.
The Knights (7-1, 5-0) are led by a stout defense, that has only given up 45 points all seasonâ€”with 27 of them coming against West Iredell.
Against explosive playmakers Dominique Pugh and Jed Downs, the Knights will face one of their biggest tests of the season.
â€œLincolnton is good and weâ€™re good. Both of them have been playing really well. Weâ€™re going to go out there and have a good time on Thursday and have a good time on Friday,â€ North Lincoln head coach Matt Beam said.
Elkins wins Carolina Clash
Rookie of the Year
Lincolntonâ€™s Clint Elkins completed his 23-race season by winning the battle for Rookie of the Year by 11 points.
Elkins, and his Bugg Busters Inc. racing team, finished fourth in the season-ending race at Fayetteville Motorsports Park last weekend.
â€œTo race all season long and the title come down to the wire was real exciting,â€ Elkins said. â€œWe had a real up and down season. Everything started really well, but when we destroyed our primary car in mid-June, that really put us behind,â€ he added.
â€œIâ€™m so proud of our team. They really worked their tails off all season.â€
Elkins felt his team wouldnâ€™t have had a shot to win the title had it not been for his crew chief Cole Beal.
â€œWe broke a shock mount on Friday night and he was able to get us back on the track before we lost a lap and that was basically the difference-maker,â€ Elkins said.
â€œI also want to thank all of our sponsors. This would have never been possible if it was not for all of them.â€
CE Autosports would like to thank their 2005 sponsors; Bugg Busters Inc, Carolina Rag, TRT Trailer Sales, Keys Used Cars, Doug Herbert Performance, Piedmont Jerseys, El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant & Grill, J&J Race Cars, Cornett Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Mayhem Motorgrafixx, NEO Synthetics, PPM, Oval Craft, Wilwood, Beardon Oil, Sunoco, Hyperco, Pro Shocks, Simpson, Stealth Racing Carbs, All Star Performance, Quickcar, Duralite Racing Wheels, American Racing Tires.
by John Mark Brooks