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BESSEMER CITY — The West Lincoln Rebels rebounded from a loss last week with a 54-34 win over the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets in Southern Piedmont Conference action.
The Jackets got the ball first, but had their drive stopped when the Rebels’ Robert Ware recovered a Bessemer City fumble at their own 47-yard line.
West Lincoln moved the ball on the ground, with Daniel Davila breaking through the left side for the final 15 yards to get the Rebels on the board with an early 7-0 lead.
Bessemer City answered the Rebel score with a score of their own when Cedric Mackey broke a 31-yard run. The Jackets went for a two-point conversion and were denied, leaving West Lincoln in the lead.
West Lincoln’s Clay Alguire took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.
The two-point conversion was successful and West Lincoln stretched its lead to 15-6 with three minutes left in the first quarter.
West Lincoln forced a three-and-out on the Jackets’ next possession, and the offense went back to work. Facing a second and 18 from their own 47-yard line, the Rebels turned to the air. Miguel Corella found Dalton Rhoney down the right sideline and he took it the entire way, extending the lead to 22-6.
Bessemer City put together two touchdowns, pulling within two with less than two minutes left in the second quarter.
West Lincoln took advantage of another good kickoff return, taking over at their own 49-yard line. Led by big runs from Corella and Davila, the Rebels got to the Jackets’ 6-yard line with less than 30 seconds left.
Davila went the rest of the distance, scoring the second of his five touchdowns on the night. West Lincoln took a 28-22 lead to the half.
“I thought we were able to make some adjustments from last week and execute the way we wanted on offense and moved the ball consistently ahead of the chains,” West Lincoln head coach Tom Sain said.
In the second half West Lincoln got off to a good start on a six-play drive, climaxing with Davila scoring the touchdown to stake West Lincoln to a 15-point lead.
Bessemer City answered when quarterback Damian Scott popped out the left side and went 72 yards to keep the Rebels within sight.
Davila scored on runs of 15 and 7 yards and Alguire got in from 5 yards out.
“I was proud of the way our guys responded to the challenge after our letdown last week,” Sain said. “We were forced into some changes due to injuries and it was good to have them work out for us.”
Even with injuries forcing changes to the entire offensive line, West Lincoln seemed to find the right combination in rolling up 562 total yards including 464 yards on the ground.