By DAVID KEEVER
Special to the LTN
The crowd was not disappointed on homecoming night at Lincolnton as the Wolves squeezed out a 30-29 win over Bandys on Friday night.
Zoauntarrious Brunt rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on just five carries and Chavis Russell added another 115 as Lincolnton’s ground game outscored the air attack of the Trojans.
Senior quarterback Logan Beegle gave Bandys the early lead with an 18-yard touchdown toss to Jeremy Carr in the first period, and a 51-yard scoring strike to Jaylin Lineberger early in the second period for a 14-3 lead.
The Wolves stormed back with three unanswered scores to take a 23-14 lead at the break. First, a 48-yard touchdown from Jordon Easter to Quinlyn Harris, followed by scoring runs of 6 yards by Justice Charles and 60 yards from Brunt.
The defenses seemed to find themselves in the second half. Beegle’s 56-yard pass to Brenton Jones was the only score in the third quarter, and pulled the Trojans to within two at 23-21.
Dylan Wambold picked off an Easter pass and took it 33 yards to paydirt midway through the fourth period, as the Trojans regained the lead 29-23. Beegle found Jones in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Brunt then returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards to the Wolves 41. Lincolnton went 59 yards on six plays, capped by Easter’s 20-yard run with 4:44 to play. Grahm Willis added the all-important point after for the 30-29 lead.
Bandys (3-4, 1-2) got to its own 44 yard line on its final possession, but was stopped on three consecutive plays giving the ball back to the Wolves.
Lincolnton (4-3, 2-1) converted on fourth-and-2 with just over a minute to play to preserve the victory.
Beegle led the way for Bandys with 272 yards through the air, connecting on 17 of 27 attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. Jones hauled in five of those passes for 131 yards and a score.
The Wolves piled up 399 yards of total offense, with 315 of it coming on the ground. Lincolnton travels to Bunker Hill this week while Bandys hosts unbeaten Maiden.