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VALE — West Lincoln (2-0, 1-0 SPC) opened conference play Friday night against Highland Tech (0-2, 0-1 SPC) and was able to come away with a 49-0 win.
West Lincoln opened the game with a solid drive using the strong running of Daniel Davila and Clay Alguire to march the ball down the field and when Alguire took the pitch right 25 yards the scoring gates opened up for the Rebels. West Lincoln got touch downs from Derrick Braun (43-yard pass from Corey Smith) and Alguire was able to find the end zone again from 5 yards away to post the Rebels to a 21-0.
“We came out of the gates and set the tone on offense, and were able to take advantage of all the opportunities that we were given,” West Lincoln head coach Tom Sain said. “Our guys did a good job figuring out the defensive scheme and adjusting their blocking.”
The West Lincoln defense was up to the task as well in the first quarter, forcing several punts and a recovered fumble by Dalton Rhoney to keep the Rebels in control.
As the Second quarter opened, West Lincoln’s offense was slowed by several turnovers that seemed to be unforced and were drive killers for the Rebels. Tracey Messer found the end zone from 13 yards out and when the Ivan Calvillo kick was good West Lincoln took a 28-0 lead to halftime.
“We cannot have the turnovers and shoot ourselves in the foot,” Sain said. “Eventually that will catch up to you, but we will work hard and attempt to take better care of the football.”
The third quarter saw more of the West Lincoln defense set the tone when Jay Harmon blocked the Highland Tech punt attempt, setting up the Rebels from the Highland Tech 38-yard line. This set up a five-play drive that saw Alguire find the end zone again for the Rebels.
On the next possession, again West Lincoln‘s defense forced another turnover, recovered by Dustin Taylor.
Jay Harmon handled the next work load, and after breaking a 27-yard run he finished it off with a 6-yard touchdown. The Rebels held a 42-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Highland Tech finally crossed onto the West Lincoln side of the 50-yard line and reached the Rebels’ 29-yard line in the fourth quarter. Rebel defensive lineman Robert Ware picked off a Nevon Sussman pass to thwart the Highland Tech drive.
Mack George carried the ball three times, including a 35-yard touchdown run to end the scoring for the night, on the following drive. George also had a 76-yard run called back later in the quarter.