PUMPKIN CENTER — The Lincoln Wolves scored 10 points in the first quarter on Friday’s contest with the North Lincoln Knights on their way to a 17-7 win in Southern Piedmont Conference play.
The Wolves took their third-straight win with a balanced ground attack by freshman quarterback Jordon Easter and junior running backs Justice Whitesides and Justice Charles.
Easter led the Wolves with 59 yards on 18 carries, and scored Lincolnton’s first touchdown on a 7-yard gain less than five minutes into the first quarter. Whitesides had 11 carries for 46 yards and Charles had six carries for 45 yards.
Senior kicker Braden Willis gave Lincolnton a 10-0 lead with a 27-yard field goal with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Lincolnton sophomore Darian Roseboro saw time at both tight end and fullback, caught an 11-yard pass for his first reception of the year and scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Lincolnton’s final score in the fourth quarter.
North Lincoln sophomore Richard Jackson scored the Knights’ lone touchdown on a 7-yard run in the second quarter.
Both teams were troubled by numerous turnovers and combined for 11 fumbles, five which were lost. North Lincoln quarterback Devan Cox was picked off three times and completed eight of his 15 attempts for 77 yards.
The Wolves executed a squib kick after Easter’s touchdown, with Lincolnton sophomore Quinlyn Harris securing the loose ball. Easter took the Wolves to the North Lincoln 15-yard line with a 20-yard run on the first play of the drive, but was stifled on his next two carries and sacked for a 1-yard loss, setting up Willis’s field goal.
North Lincoln’s scoring drive began on Lincolnton’s side of the field when senior linebacker Paul Regan blocked a punt by the Wolves. The Knights needed six plays to score.
Jackson took the Knights to the Lincolnton 19-yard line with two carries and an 11-yard reception. Senior fullback David Spinner’s two carries for a combined 12 yards took North Lincoln to the 7-yard line, setting up Jackson’s touchdown.