LINCOLNTON — Junior Lincolnton running back Justice Whitesides ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns on five carries as the Wolves took an easy win over the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets 48-14 on Friday.
Whitesides’ numbers were eclipsed only by junior running back Justice Charles’ five carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns and one reception for a 47-yard touchdown, for 131 total yards.
The teams played a shutout through the first quarter, and the Yellow Jackets took a short-lived 6-0 lead with a 3-yard run by junior running back Jha’Qui Adams minutes into the second quarter. Lincolnton senior Demetris Anderson took the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to set up the Wolves at the Bessemer City 38-yard line. The Wolves needed seven plays to score with an 11-yard run up the middle by Charles.
The Wolves executed a squib kick on the kickoff that was recovered by sophomore Quinlyn Harris.
“That’s what we needed; we needed a little spark,” Lincolnton head coach Scott Cloninger said. “After a slow start we woke up and played pretty well.”
The special teams move led to a 47-yard pass from freshman quarterback Jordon Easter, his only completion of the night, to Charles for a 14-6 Lincolnton lead at the 5:23 mark in the second quarter.
Whitesides scored his first touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. He took the ball 60 yards up the middle, using his speed to evade the Bessemer City defensive backs.
Whitesides scored his second touchdown on a 44-yard run with 7:44 left in the third quarter after sophomore linebacker Darian Roseboro forced and recovered a Bessemer City fumble.
Demetris Anderson gave the Wolves a 33-6 cushion on the next drive with a 60-yard touchdown run.
Roseboro forced and recovered another Bessemer City fumble on the next drive. Whitesides took the ball 7 yards for a touchdown three plays later.
The Jackets scored their final touchdown on a 4-yard run by quarterback Damian Scott.
Charles scored the Wolves’ final touchdown with a 41-yard run with 9:01 remaining.