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All 4 county football teams grab wins

LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS

West Lincoln can no longer say it hasn’t won at Newton-Conover.

Miguel Corella ran for 209 yards and four touchdowns and Taylor Long added 163 yards and two scores as the Rebels won 48-19 on Friday and at Gurley Stadium for the first time.

Daniel Davila had 93 yards rushing and a TD as West Lincoln (6-1, 2-1 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A) ran for 492 yards as a team and broke open a close game in the second half with 34 points.

The Rebels, who own the league’s top defense, held the Red Devils (2-5, 1-2) to 146 yards rushing and 235 total yards.

Newton-Conover, which trailed 14-7 at halftime, was without several key players due to injuries and suspensions and suited just 17 varsity players.

Long scored on runs of 28 and 26 yards, Corella on runs of 17, 85, 5 and 52 yards, and Davila on an 11-yard run in the third quarter.

Cameron Stanley was 9 of 19 passing for 89 yards with an interception and a score. His 15-yard TD pass to Tyrell Flemming gave the Red Devils their first score with 8 seconds left in the first half.

Nick Baker added an 11-yard scoring run and Stanley scored from 7 yards out as time expired.

The win was West Lincoln’s second in 22 games against Newton-Conover, and its first since 2003.

The Rebels are tied with Lincolnton for third in the league standings. The Wolves knocked off Bandys 30-29.

It was the second straight week West Lincoln won on its opponent’s homecoming. The Rebels’ homecoming is next week against West Caldwell.

 

LINCOLNTON 30, BANDYS 29

Zoauntarrious Brunt rushed for 134 yards on five carries and Chavis Russell added 115 as the Wolves came from behind to win on their homecoming.

Dylan Wambold returned an interception 33 yards for a score to give the Trojans a 29-23 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Lincolnton (4-3, 2-1) answered when Brunt returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards to help set up Jordon Easter’s 20-yard TD run with 4:44 to play.

Grahm Willis added the PAT for the final score.

Bandys (3-4, 1-2) led 14-3 early but Lincolnton tacked on three unanswered scores to go up 23-14 at the break. Quinlyn Harris scored on Easter’s 48-yard pass, then Justice Charles scored on a 6-yard run and Brunt a 60-yard run.

Logan Beegle hit Brenton Jones with a 56-yard TD pass to make it 23-21.

Willis hit a 29-yard field goal for Lincolnton’s first score.

Beegle had 272 yards passing and two scores on 17 of 27 attempts. Jones had five catches for 131 yards.

Lincolnton had 399 total yards, with 315 coming on the ground. It is tied for third with West Lincoln, which knocked off Newton-Conover.

 

EAST LINCOLN 14, BUNKER HILL 10

DENVER — The Mustangs scored their fewest points this season in a flag-filled defensive struggle with the Bears.

Neither team could mount an offensive surge before the Mustangs prevailed despite 18 penalties totaling 120 yards.

The winning points came from sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt’s 19-yard fourth-down strike late in the third quarter to his brother, freshman wideout Sage Surratt.

After a scoreless first quarter the Mustangs (6-1, 3-0) got on board first on Damarius Valentine’s 15-yard scoring catch from Chazz Surratt, followed by the first of two extra points from sophomore Blake Strupp.

The Bears (4-3, 0-3) tied it on Colton Chapman’s 1-yard plunge and point after with 16 seconds left before halftime.

Bunker Hill took the lead at the 3:45 mark of the third quarter when Chapman, a triple-threat runner, passer and kicker, just cleared the crossbar on a 32-yard field goal after an encroachment penalty on the Mustangs scooted the ball 5 yards closer.

The Surratt brothers hooked up two minutes later to help provide the winning margin and both teams were held scoreless in the last quarter.

Chazz Surratt was 13 of 23 passing for 139 yards and two scores and limited to 65 yards rushing while Valentine had four catches for 52 yards and a score. The Bears were led by workhorse Jordan Eckerd’s 58 yards rushing.

East Lincoln remained tied atop the SD-7 with Maiden, which routed West Caldwell 46-26.

 

NORTH LINCOLN 26, NORTH IREDELL 20 OT

OLIN — An impressive goal-line stand in the final minute forced overtime, and the Knights scored first in the extra period then created a turnover for their first win as a member of the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference.

Chase Caldwell connected with Taylor Woodby for a 13-yard touchdown pass on the second overtime play. The Raiders blocked the ensuing PAT, leaving them with the opportunity to win the game on a touchdown and extra-point of their own.

But running back Marquel Mullins lost the handle on the football on North Iredell’s first overtime play. The Knights, who hit Mullins in the backfield, recovered the ball to end the game.

North Lincoln (2-5, 1-2) marched down field on the game’s first possession. Matt Koe toted the ball into the end zone from 5 yards out to cap an 11-play, 64-yard drive that gave the Knights a 7-0 lead.

Hayes Irving’s 29-yard field goal punctuated the Knights’ second possession, pushing their lead to 10-0 just five seconds into the second quarter.

The Raiders (4-3, 1-2) answered, then Trey Freeman quickly regained a two-score lead for the Knights when he returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a score that made it 17-6.

Irving’s 31-yard field goal sent the Knights to the locker room with a 20-13 lead.

Kobe Campbell’s 9-yard scoring run on the opening drive of the second half helped North Iredell tie the game at 20.

Freeman paced the Knights ground attack with 63 yards on 11 carries. They are now 5-0 all-time against the Raiders.

The win was just the second time North Lincoln had played in an overtime game and the first since 2004. The Knights are 2-0 all-time in overtime.

 

Correspondents Michael Hughes, David Keever and Jonathan Scronce, and the Statesville Record & Landmark contributed to this roundup. For more on these games see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News. 

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