Still adjusting to the newly-implemented I-formation, Lincolnton put the ball on the ground six times losing it just once, while East Gaston committed six turnovers in Lincolnton’s 27-10 home win on Friday night.
Chavis Russell had a game-high 77 yards rushing on 21 carries, Quinlyn Harris returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown and Zoauntarrious Brunt had a pair of TDs as the Wolves (2-2) ended a two-game skid.
The teams combined for 12 fumbles –– East Gaston lost five while Lincolnton lost one. They also threw an interception each.
The Wolves muffed a punt, and there were 21 total penalties for 134 yards –– 15 for 79 by the Warriors (0-3).
Brunt caught an 11-yard TD pass from Jordon Easter at the 5:36 mark of the opening quarter, then Easter scored on a run from 10 yards out after East Gaston fumbled it away on the kickoff return.
The Warriors made it 14-8 a little over a minute later when they needed just three plays to go 62 yards. Austin Woods hit Bailey Crane with a 50-yard TD pass, and after the conversion the score stood until the fourth quarter.
Harris returned Crane’s punt 43 yards –– he caught it on the far sideline, ran towards his own sideline then turned upfield for the score –– to go up 20-8 just over 2 minutes into the final quarter.
Brunt ran it in from the 1 with 7:05 to play to go up 27-8.
East Gaston’s final points came on a safety when Tyshawn Smith was tackled in the end zone. The poor field position was set up when Harris picked off Alex Adams’ pass at his own 3.
The Warriors were held to 82 yards rushing, 48 coming from Dontavis Walker. Woods ran for 40 yards and was 2 of 4 passing for 60 yards and a TD before leaving with a right leg injury although he later returned. Crane had 96 yards receiving, and Adams completed 5 of 13 passes for 76 yards and added the pick.
WEST LINCOLN 38, FRED T. FOARD 12
NEWTON –– The Rebels used another balanced rushing game and capitalized on three Tigers turnovers to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Daniel Davila ran for 85 yards and a score, Tracy Messer had 72 yards and three TDs and Daniel Schesny returned his second kickoff for a TD this season to keep West Lincoln undefeated –– the only such team in Lincoln County –– heading into next week’s open date and league play beginning on Sept. 27.
Messer scored on a 57-yard run 45 seconds into the game, then added a 9-yard run four minutes later for the early lead. Schesny’s 77-yard kickoff return with 2:01 left in the opening quarter gave the Rebels a 21-3 lead after one quarter.
Messer scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter for a 28-3 halftime lead.
Davila scored from a yard out in the third quarter and Ivan Cavillo nailed a 29-yard field goal with 1:54 to play.
West Lincoln had a season-best 108 yards passing –– 56 from Noah Marsh on one pass to Tyrenn McClendon. It also had a season-high 145 penalty yards.
Fred T. Foard got a TD from Jacob Schmidt, a 27-yard field goal from Ryan Campbell and a safety when a blocked punt was recovered by the Rebels in the end zone.
GASTONIA FORESTVIEW 44, EAST LINCOLN 27
GASTONIA — Logan Bradley passed for a school-record 364 yards and five touchdowns to help the Jaguars rally over 2A top-ranked East Lincoln.
Bradley completed 29 of 38 passes, with an interception, to lead a 393-yard offense that proved to be too much for an East Lincoln team that had won 19 consecutive games.
Down 13-9 at the break and 20-9 midway through the third quarter, Forestview (3-1) scored five touchdowns over the last 15 1/2 minutes, including four in the fourth quarter.
Forestview took advantage of five Mustang turnovers (four fumbles, one interception) — the last one a fumble forced by Jarvis Jeffries one play after Forestview had gone ahead 37-27 with 3:02 remaining.
East Lincoln (3-1) generated 441 yards of offense — 275 on the ground and 166 passing — behind dynamic sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt, who rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another 166 yards and another score.
NORTH LINCOLN 41, BESSEMER CITY 28
PUMPKIN CENTER –– The Knights opened the with 28 unanswered points and ran for 295 yards for their first win of 2013.
North Lincoln (1-3) had four rush for at least 40 yards –– Matt Koe (40), Ethan Gram (59), Richard Jackson (65) and J-Mo Thompson (63) –– and had a season-high 328 yards of total offense.
Jackson ran for a pair of TDs, Koe added a rushing TD, Thompson had a score and Taylor Woodby ran for a 10-yard score. Trey Freeman also returned an interception 70 yards for a score.
North Lincoln led 41-14 before the Yellow Jackets (1-3) scored a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter.
Cedric Mackey had 19 carries for 113 yards for Bessemer City and Josh Davis ran for a pair of scores.
––See Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News for more on these games