VALE –– The “Showdown in Vale Town” lived up to the hype.
So did Lincolnton.
Jordon Easter and Nick Hatchett threw for touchdowns, Darian Roseboro ran for one and the Wolves used a big first half to outlast the Rebels 21-13 in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference opener on Friday for both teams.
Lincolnton (3-2, 1-0), which improved to 34-6 all-time against West Lincoln (4-1, 0-1), in the first half outgained the home team 173-56, ran 30 plays to West Lincoln’s 11, and owned the time of possession 16:24 to 7:36 to go up 14-0 at the break.
The Rebels turned the tables slightly in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 13-7 and outgaining them 157-79. But a missed extra point late and a pair of 15-yard penalties on Lincolnton’s final drive did them in.
Easter, who ran for 44 yards and was 8 of 9 passing for 94 yards and a TD, connected with Quinlyn Harris on an 11-yard TD strike to wrap up the Wolves’ and the game’s first drive. The drive, which began at Lincolnton’s own 30, took 15 plays and 8 minutes, 34 seconds.
After forcing West Lincoln into a three-and-out on its ensuing drive, the Wolves again ate away at the clock with an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard TD pass from Hatchett to Zoauntarrious Brunt on an end-around.
The Rebels benefited from good field position to start the second half and went 54 yards in eight running plays, culminating in Miguel Corella’s 30-yard score.
In the fourth quarter West Lincoln had a chance to tie after Corella’s 11-yard TD run, but Ivan Cavillo’s extra-point attempt came under pressure and was just left of the upright.
After a pair of 15-yard penalties by each team and a touchback, Lincolnton took over at its own 25, and thanks to two more 15-yard penalties by the Rebels went the distance when Roseboro took it 19 yards to paydirt with 26 seconds to play.
Down 21-13, the Rebels crossed midfield on the return, and moved up 22 yards on a run by Daniel Schesny. Corella’s Hail Mary as time expired was intercepted in the end zone by Brunt, but was called back due to a roughing the passer penalty.
West Lincoln had one untimed down at the Lincolnton 14, and Charles Mack George found Corella in the flats, but he was brought down at the 3 just short of the goal line.
Corella led all rushers with 83 yards on nine carries.
EAST LINCOLN 55, BANDYS 26
CATAWBA –– Chazz Surratt ran for 260 yards and five touchdowns and threw for two more as the Mustangs used a big third quarter to steamroll the Trojans in the SD-7 opener for both teams.
The sophomore had TD runs of 3, 2, 3, 1 and 82 yards, and threw a 53-yard TD pass to his younger brother, Sage, and a 36-yard TD pass to Chris Tomberlin.
East Lincoln (4-1, 1-0) led 21-19 at the break, and scored 27 points in the third quarter to blow it open.
Damarius Valentine scored on a 46-yard run in the third, the middle of three unanswered scores for the Mustangs.
Surratt also threw for 187 yards on 11-of-22 passing, giving him 951 passing yards, unofficially, and 11 TDs on the season. He also has 15 rushing TDs and 767 yards on the ground.
SOUTH IREDELL 48, NORTH LINCOLN 0
PUMPKIN CENTER –– The state’s sixth-ranked 3A team had no trouble getting off to a good start, scoring 31 points in the first quarter alone in the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference opener for both teams.
South Iredell quarterback Alex Crosby had three TD passes in the first 12 minutes as his team built a 41-0 halftime lead. Michael Fisher had 107 yards and two scores on only seven carries.
The Vikings (5-0, 1-0) won for the 11th straight time and the 47th time in their last 51 games.
North Lincoln (1-4, 0-1) lost its conference opener for the fifth straight year.
For more on these games see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News.