West Lincoln didn’t let its first loss ruin its season. Rather, the Rebels went to Bunker Hill and ruined its homecoming.
West Lincoln held the league’s top rushing attack to 179 yards and got 100-plus yard nights from Daniel Davila and Miguel Corella, and it bounced back to knock off the Bears 20-16 on Friday night.
“It was a good end to a good week’s worth of work for our players,” Rebels head coach Tom Sain said. “They did a good job preparing for Bunker Hill. … It was really good to bounce back from a loss.”
Davila, the one-time Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference leader who was held to a season-low 42 yards in a 21-13 loss to Lincolnton on Sept. 27, returned Friday with a game-high 140 yards rushing and a score while Miguel Corella added to his recent string of strong games with 105 yards rushing and a TD as West Lincoln (5-1, 1-1) knocked off Bunker Hill (4-2, 0-2) for the first time since 1991.
Ivan Cavillo connected on a pair of field goals from 33 and 26 yards out in the first half.
The Bears, who were averaging a league-best 339 yards rushing per game going in, led 10-6 at the break behind a 2-yard TD run by Colton Chapman and a 42-yard field goal from the Bunker Hill 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.
West Lincoln also played turnover-free football with a takeaway and committed just four penalties for 40 yards after having combined for 26 penalties for 240 yards in its previous two games.
The win gave the Rebels five victories in a season for just the 15th time in school history. Prior to the win, they were 18-33 all-time since 1962 after losing their first game of the year.
On Friday, West Lincoln put into motion the energy it had stored during a week of preparation. The Rebels were determined to not lose back-to-back games.
“It showed a lot of character in the guys to come back and get a win against a really good team,” Sain said. “One thing about this team is they don’t quit, they never give up. That’s something this team has done real well.”