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LINCOLNTON —The Lincolnton Wolves held the West Lincoln Rebels to a shutout until the fourth quarter on their way to a 37-14 victory in the final game of the regular season.
The Rebels got off to a good start when Tracey Messer returned the opening kickoff 45 yards and, aided by a Lincolnton penalty, set up shop at the Lincolnton 19-yard line.
The Wolves’ defense was up to the task, forcing the Rebels to attempt a 35-yard field goal that sailed wide left.
Lincolnton then went on a 12-play, 80-yard march that culminated with a quarterback sneak by freshman Jordon Easter to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead.
After forcing the Rebels to punt on their next possession the Lincolnton team started on another march down the field. The Rebels forced what appeared to be a punt attempt but Easter took the snap and picked up the first down to extend the drive.
The Rebel defense stiffened then and forced Lincolnton to punt, pinning West Lincoln at their own 8-yard line.
The Rebels found some running room, with Clay Alguire leading the way, to drive the ball to the Lincolnton 16-yard line. Facing fourth-and-13 the Rebels faked a punt, but Lincolnton’s Quinlyn Harris picked off the pass, giving the Wolves the ball with a 1:30 left in the half.
The Wolves put together a good drive, riding the solid running of Easter and two pass completions to D.J. Cunningham. Lincolnton kicker Braden Willis a delivered a 35-yard field goal, giving the Wolves a 10-0 lead going to the half.
In the second half the Wolves received the kickoff and went on a 17-play, 63-yard drive to open the half, capped off by a Justice Whitesides touchdown run, extending the Wolves’ lead.
On the ensuing possession the Rebels moved the ball, but on fourth-and-2 the Lincolnton defense stopped Alguire short of the line to take over on downs as the third quarter wound down.
Lincolnton sophomore Darian Roseboro got a touchdown on the next drive, going the final 5 yards to score the final offensive touchdown for the Wolves.
West Lincoln put together a drive that was capped by Daniel Davila on a 1-yard plunge, finally getting the Rebels on the board.
The Rebels recovered an onside kick and scored again, this time on a Miguel Corella 5-yard run to pull within 16 points of the Wolves.
Another onside kick was not recovered by the Rebels, but the West Lincoln defense forced a punt and started another drive to inch closer to the lead.
The Wolves defense then picked off a halfback pass attempt and Harris returned it 104 yards for the Wolves’ final touchdown of the night.