DENVER –– For the third straight week Chazz Surratt had a monster game, and for the 19th straight game East Lincoln couldn’t be stopped.
Surratt threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns, and added a TD on the ground in the Mustangs’ 34-7 win over county rival North Lincoln on Friday.
Surratt completed his first three passes, then after a pair of incompletions connected on his final five attempts, three to his younger brother, Sage.
Sage Surratt had four catches for 101 yards, and added a 46-yard TD catch for East Lincoln’s final score.
The Mustangs (3-0), who haven’t lost since a first-round state 2A playoff exit on Nov. 4, 2011, needed only seven plays to go up 14-0 a little over 6 minutes in.
Chazz Surratt took off from 40 yards out for a score just inside the 11-minute mark to end a five-play, 88-yard drive. After forcing the Knights to punt, a 5-yard run by Surratt set up his 85-yard TD pass to Austin Buchanan at the 5:42 mark of the first quarter.
Malik Nixon’s conversion catch gave East Lincoln the 14-0 lead, a score that held into the break.
After North Lincoln (0-3) buckled down defensively in the second quarter –– the Mustangs had 182 yards of offense and two scores on their first two drives, but were held to just 35 yards the rest of the half –– East Lincoln broke it open in the third.
Surratt connected with Damarius Valentine from 48 yards out, found Justin Rhodes on a scramble from 7 yards out and Surratt hit his brother on a 46-yard TD pass following a scramble, recovered fumble, and a near sack 15 yards in the backfield –– all on the same play.
All that made it 34-0 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
The Knights, who were led by Richard Jackson’s 55 yards rushing and Chase Caldwell’s 89 yards passing, finally scored on their final possession –– and just their second trip inside the East Lincoln 20.
North Lincoln’s Joseph Shore fell on a fumbled ball in the end zone for its only points.
WEST LINCOLN 54, CHERRYVILLE 16
VALE –– Daniel Davila ran for 239 yards and three touchdowns and Miguel Corella had 154 yards rushing and a pair of scores as the Rebels racked up 520 yards rushing in a blowout win over the Ironmen.
Daniel Schesny added 73 yards and a score and Zane Peterson added a rushing TD for West Lincoln, which is 3-0 for the first time since they started out 5-0 in 2010.
Davila, the county’s leading rusher and second in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference entering Friday’s games, had TD runs of 2, 12 and 12 yards. Corella scored from 53 yards out and 6 yards out. Schesny had a 64-yard TD and Peterson scored from the Cherryville 6.
Grant Henderson had a 10-yard TD run and R.J. Abernathy on a 1-yard run for the Ironmen (0-3). Davila was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
West Lincoln has scored 99 points against Cherryville in their last two meetings, and won for the third time in the last four.
NORTH GASTON 10, LINCOLNTON 7
DALLAS –– Christian Stewart’s field goal with 7 seconds left lifted the Wildcats to their third straight win and sent Lincolnton to its second straight loss.
North Gaston managed to win on a night it totaled only 179 yards of offense while yielding 279. But turnovers turned out to be the great equalizer as North Gaston won that battle 4-0.
Lincolnton lost three fumbles –– Allen Cisco recovered all of them –– and tossed one interception.
After a scoreless tie at halftime, Josh Kahlig scored on a 1-yard run to put North Gaston on the board with 4:01 left in the third. Lincolnton tied it on a 17-play, 54-yard drive capped by a 1-yard TD run by Darian Roseboro with 3:35 left in the fourth. That set up the winning drive for North Gaston.
The first half was a stalemate but Lincolnton dominated the statistics. The Wolves (1-2) outgained North Gaston 206-45 by the break and generated eight first downs while holding North Gaston to one.
Lincolnton’s Chavis Russell rushed for 90 yards, Jordon Easter passed for 104 yards and rushed for 29, and Quinlyn Harris caught seven passes for 94 yards.