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CHERRYVILLE — West Lincoln (4-3, 2-1 Southern Piedmont Conference) defeated the Cherryville Ironmen (3-4, 2-1 SPC) 45-14 on Friday in both teams’ third conference game.
The Ironmen got the first possession but were forced to punt away to the Rebels.
West Lincoln took its first possession down the field on the hard running of Daniel Davila and Tracey Messer, moving to the 19-yard line. West Lincoln turned to Miguel Corella, who took the ball the rest of the way, opening the scoring for West Lincoln on the night.
Cherryville did not fare any better on offense on their next possession, with the Rebels forcing another three-and-out, setting up the offense again.
The drive featured more of the same, going 76 yards on nine plays. Messer took a toss the final 10 yards, giving West Lincoln an early 13-0 lead.
West Lincoln then pulled off an onside kick and Dalton Rhoney came out of the pile with the ball.
This drive opened with a 27-yard pass from Corella to Caleb Weaver to set the Rebels up for their next score.
On third-and-goal from the West Lincoln 5-yard line Corella weaved his way to the end zone. Davila ran in the two-point conversion to give the Rebels a 21-0 lead at the 10-minute mark of the second quarter.
“It was good to get off to a great start and finally be able to have all phases of the game going in the right direction,” West Lincoln head coach Tom Sain said.
The Rebels put two more scores on the board in the first half with Corella taking one 31 yards on the ground and passing one to Rhoney, who made a great catch for a 20-yard touchdown grab.
The West Lincoln defense forced three-and-outs on every possession in the first half and held the Ironmen to -8 yards of total offense, and picked off a pass.
“I could not have been any happier with our defensive plan and effort in the first half,” Sain said. “We came out and executed the plan that was in place and were able to put it all together.
The second half saw the West Lincoln defense finally give up a score to Cherryville when a Rebel pass was picked off, setting the Ironmen up with good field position at the West Lincoln 40-yard line.
Cherryville’s Clay Fuller got two big runs for the Ironmen, aided by a penalty on the Rebels to give the Ironmen first-and-goal from the 5-yard line.
Cherryville senior quarterback Spencer Stamey snuck the ball in to break the ice for the Ironmen.
The West Lincoln offense turned its attention to keeping the clock running and using the tough inside running of Davila to set up Corella’s final score of the night on a 12-yard run.
“I was proud of the way he (Corella) responded to tonight’s game,” Sain said. “We put him in a tough spot and he responded with a good game.”
Cherryville’s Stamey tacked on another touchdown and West Lincoln’s Ivan Calvillo added a field goal for the Rebels to produce the final score.