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BOSTIC — The West Lincoln fell to East Rutherford 31-14 on Friday despite taking an early lead.
The Rebels’ opening drive was set up by a 48-yard kickoff return by Clay Alguire that gave the Rebels the ball on the Cavalier 41-yard line.
West Lincoln wasted no time in getting in the end zone when, on fourth-and-short Daniel Davila took the ball 38 yards for a touchdown.
“I was pleased with the way we opened the game, running the ball is what we want to do to set the tempo for our team,” West Lincoln head coach Tom Sain said.
East Rutherford responded with a six-play drive that was capped by a T.J. Watkins 38-yard touchdown pass to Donald Wilkins to tie the game up. After a West Lincoln fumble on their next possession, East Rutherford turned the turnover into another touchdown when Watkins found Wilkins again through the air to take a 14-7 lead with 2:29 left in the first.
The rest of the first half was dominated by the both defenses forcing three-and-outs with the exception of one West Lincoln drive that was led by the hard running of Davila that stalled at the Cavalier 9-yard line and forced a West Lincoln field goal attempt that went wide left. The teams went into halftime with the Rebels trailing by one touchdown.
The West Lincoln offense was limited to only 36 yards in the third quarter, but the Rebel defense only allowed one big play, a 49-yard burst by the Jaman Edgerton.
After an East Rutherford field goal, the Rebel offense was set up by an Alguire return, starting the Rebels at the Cavalier 43-yard line. A 2-yard run by Davila, sparked by a 17-yard run by Tracey Messer, pulled the Rebels within 10 points with 4:38 left in the game.
The Rebel defense forced a punt by the Cavaliers on the next possession but the Cavaliers intercepted a deflected pass only two plays into the Rebel drive. West Lincoln forced a three-and-out, giving the Rebels one more shot on offense. This time the West Lincoln pass was intercepted and returned 59 yards for the touchdown making the final score 34-14.
East Rutherford improves to 2-2 on the season and West Lincoln goes to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Southern Piedmont Conference.