THOMASVILLE — Lincolnton freshman Jordon Easter squeezed through the Thomasville defensive line for a touchdown with three minutes left in the first quarter of Friday’s second-round playoff game against the Bulldogs to tie the game at 7-7.
The Bulldogs answered by scoring twice in the second quarter and three times in the third quarter to pull ahead for a 55-14 win, closing Lincolnton’s season and avenging the Wolves’ fourth-round playoff victory last year.
Thomasville tailback Gabe Brockett ran for 345 yards on 35 carries and scored four of his team’s touchdowns. Fullback T.J. Mitchell added 123 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns and quarterback Isaiah Marsh rounded out the Bulldogs’ ground attack with 39 yards on five carries with a touchdown.
Easter led the Wolves in total offense with 20 carries for 74 yards and five pass completions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs had six drives in the first half — four resulted in touchdowns.
Lincolnton scored its second and final touchdown with two minutes left in the first half on an 8-yard pass from Easter to D.J. Cunningham. Two plays into the Wolves’ scoring drive junior Ketawn Ingram executed a halfback pass to sophomore Quinlyn Harris for a 57-yard gain.
Brockett scored on the Bulldogs’ first series of the game with a 52-yard run after shedding a tackle near the line of scrimmage and evading the two final Lincolnton defenders near the goal line. He scored again with two minutes remaining in the first quarter on a 53-yard run.
Marsh put the Bulldogs ahead 21-7 with a 10-yard run four minutes into the second quarter, and Mitchell added seven more points with a 36-yard run up the middle three minutes later.
Mitchell scored twice in the third quarter and Brockett added a 3-yard touchdown run after the Bulldogs blocked a Lincolnton punt. Brockett scored the Bulldogs’ final touchdown on a 32-yard run with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves crossed into Thomasville territory on their final drive of the game. Easter connected with Ingram on a 47-yard pass over the middle of the field, but the Wolves were stifled on fourth-and-5 to turn the ball over on downs.
Lincolnton finished the season with a 7-6 overall record. Thomasville advances to face East Lincoln on Friday in Denver.