East Lincoln turned three Lincolnton fumbles into scores, and Chazz Surratt and the Mustangs’ offense got going in the second half as they won 28-9 at Lincolnton on Friday.
Surratt, held to 10 yards rushing and 70 yards passing in the first half, finished with 123 yards rushing and two TDs, and completed 6 of 11 passes for 93 yards and a score.
The Wolves (3-3, 1-1 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A) held the league’s top-ranked offense to 81 yards in the first half, but a pair of fumbles in their own territory led to scores for East Lincoln (5-1, 2-0).
Malik Nixon scored on a 10-yard pass from Surratt to go up 7-6, a score set up when Quinlyn Harris fumbled after a catch at his own 25.
Wolves quarterback Jordon Easter fumbled a snap into his own end zone, on which Cody Mocilin recovered to go up 14-6.
Lincolnton’s third turnover led to a 4-yard scoring run by Surratt in the third quarter.
Surratt scored on a 5-yard run early in the fourth for East Lincoln’s only TD not aided by a turnover.
The Wolves went 78 yards in 12 plays to score on their first drive, but didn’t find the end zone again. Justice Charles caught a 10-yard pass from Jordon Easter to go up 6-0. The PAT was blocked.
Lincolnton’s Grahm Willis connected on a 30-yard field goal late in the second quarter to make it 14-9 at the half before giving up two unanswered scores in the final two quarters.
Chavis Russell led Lincolnton with 54 yards on 10 carries, and Charles had 50 yards and a TD on 12 totes. Easter was 10 of 19 passing for 57 yards.
Damisho Finandis caught three passes for 43 yards for East Lincoln, which had a season-low 287 yards of offense.
The Wolves dominated the first half, outgaining the Mustangs 165-81 and ran 35 plays offensive plays from scrimmage to East Lincoln’s 12. But they had nothing to show for it thanks in part to the two lost fumbles.
WEST LINCOLN 20, BUNKER HILL 16
OXFORD –– The Rebels held the league’s top-ranked rushing attack to 179 yards while gaining 281 themselves, 140 from Daniel Davila and 105 from Miguel Corella in a bounce-back SD-7 win.
Davila, who was held to 42 yards in a loss to Lincolnton last week, ran for a score and Corella added a TD for West Lincoln (5-1, 1-1).
Ivan Cavillo connected on a pair of field goals from 33 and 26 yards out.
Bunker Hill (4-2, 0-2) led 10-6 at the break behind a 2-yard TD run by Colton Chapman, and a 42-yard field goal from the quarterback as well. Chapman finished with 96 yards rushing, 47 passing and two scores.
Davila made it 13-10 on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter, and Corella sealed the deal with a 58-yard run with 8:03 to play.
Chapman hit Casey King with a 41-yard TD pass with 5:28 left for the final score.
The win was the fifth for West Lincoln this season, the 15th time in school history it has reached that mark. The Rebels beat the Bears for the first time since 1991.
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 32, NORTH LINCOLN 13
TAYLORSVILLE –– Devante Clark ran for 239 yards and two TDs and Landon Hammer completed just three passes, all for scores, as the Cougars blew open a close North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference game late in the fourth quarter.
Ahead 19-13, Hammer hit Jeremy Brown for a 13-yard TD pass to make it 25-13 with 3:42 to play. Alexander Central (3-3, 1-1) put it out of reach nearly 2 minutes later when Clark scored on a 3-yard run to go up 32-13.
Clark opened the scoring with an 80-yard run early in the first quarter. J-Mo Thompson answered for North Lincoln on a 1-yard score to tie it at 7.
Hammer made it 13-7 on a 43-yard TD pass to Lawson Bowman. The Knights tied it again on a 1-yard run by Chase Caldwell with 1:50 left in the first half. Fourteen seconds later the Cougars went ahead for good on a 61-yard scoring strike from Hammer to Bowman.
Etham Gram led North Lincoln (1-5, 0-2) with 69 yards rushing. Richard Jackson had 57 yards and Thompson 43.
Caldwell was 8 of 11 passing for 89 yards and an interception. Jeremy Brotherton had three catches for 34 yards and Taylor Woodby added two receptions for 28 yards.
Hammer had 117 yards passing. He had 169 total passing yards going in prior to Friday.
For more on these games see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News.