DENVER — The East Lincoln Mustangs completed the first undefeated season in the school’s history on Friday as they trampled the Cherryville Ironmen 63-6.
East Lincoln wrapped up the season with an almost-shut out, as they continued to outplay the visitors all night. It wasn’t until the final minutes of the fourth quarter that Cherryville put any points on the board, as Ironmen running back Spencer Stamey received a 53-yard pass for a touchdown — his team’s first and only of the night.
The game didn’t become a clear-cut victory until late in first quarter, as both teams kept each other at bay for the first eight minutes. Mustangs’ senior running back Marquis Pharr broke the ice with a touchdown four minutes before the end of the quarter.
Once the Mustangs found the Ironmen’s weak spots, they continued to stampede through the CHS defense play after play. Cherryville’s Darius Wingate and Darius Harris carried their team, with combined yardage of 160, just 9 yards shy of the Cherryville total rushing yards of the night.
East Lincoln senior quarterback Garrett Young seemed to make a full recovery from his recent injury, completing 11 passes for 253 yards, resulting in four touchdowns. A 44-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Chaz Surratt opened the second quarter, followed by a touchdown. Surratt ended the night with three receptions for 92 yards. The freshman highlighted the first quarter, alongside Young, faking out the too-slow Ironmen and continuously putting the Mustangs in good field position for more points on the scoreboard.
The Ironmen’s defensive line made attempts at slowing the home team, but with little success in the remaining quarters. Missed tackles from the defense, and incomplete passes between the offensive players, kept Cherryville down by 35 points going into halftime.
Senior East Lincoln wide receivers Jesse Earnhardt and Tyler Brock led the second half of the night. Earnhardt received a 58-yard pass for a touchdown, followed by a touchdown by Brock shortly after. East Lincoln’s defense wasn’t left out of the scoring fest, as senior linebacker Trent Henderson marched to the end zone after recovering a fumble.
The Mustangs’ offense was strong against the Ironmen’s defense up until the end of the night. By the final quarter, East Lincoln was ahead by over 50 points and seemed ready to call it a wrap, as were the Ironmen.