HUNTERSVILLE â€” The West Lincoln Rebels, coming off of a two-game losing streak, traveled to Lake Norman Charter to play their second conference game of the year on Friday.
The Rebels came out and got a good offensive start, as they took their first possession downfield. Senior running back Dylan Smith broke through from 1 yard out, and the Rebels were on their way to a 35-20 victory.
Lake Norman Charter was unable to move the ball on the Rebel defense on a first possession and gave the ball right back.
West Lincoln appeared to be moving in for another score on their next possession, but were turned away when the Knights came up with an interception at the 15-yard line.
West Lincolnâ€™s first possession of the second half saw the running game go to work again, with a mix of Smith and Daniel Davilla working the ball downfield. Clay Alguire finished off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run.
“I thought our running game was a lot more physical this week and we made some changes in the backfield as well,” West Lincoln head coach Tom Sain said.
The Knights showed their quick-strike ability when quarter back Michael Dorsainvil found Alex Scearce from 46 yards out to make it a 14 to 7 game with five minutes left in the first half.
West Lincoln answered the score before the end of the half when Alex Smith recovered the onside kick attempt, giving West Lincoln good field position.
The Rebels went on a 13-play drive and faced a fourth down decision from the 3-yard line with less than thirty seconds to play.
Again, the Rebels turned to Clay Alguire, who picked his way into the end zone, giving West Lincoln a 21-7 lead at halftime.
“I was pleased with the way the offense was keeping the chains moving and the way our coaches made adjustments throughout the half,” Sain said.
With the Knights receiving the second half kickoff, their offense marched to the West Lincoln 6-yard line, but was turned away when, on fourth down, Dorsainvilâ€™s pass was dropped at the 3-yard line.
West Lincoln put together another solid drive, going on a nine-play drive covering 95 yards. This time, Smith broke several tackles from 16 yards out to give West Lincoln a 21-point lead, and effectively put the game away.
The Knights tacked on two more touchdowns on the night, and West Lincolnâ€™s Jay Harmon found the end zone as well.
West Lincoln found success, offensively, on inside runs.
“Sometimes you have to just want it more, and when the other team knows you are going to run it inside and you still get yards, that means we wanted it more,” Sain said.
West Lincoln moves to 3-3 and 2-0 in the conference and will host Cherryville on Friday in a Southern Piedmont Conference game.
JONATHAN SCRONCE, Special to Lincoln Times-News