By RYAN HERMAN
When North Lincoln sealed its fate last week by forcing a turnover in overtime at North Iredell, the Knights’ 26-20 win gave all four Lincoln County varsity football teams a victory on the same night for the first time in over three years.
East Lincoln, Lincolnton, North Lincoln and West Lincoln all won on the same night since doing it on Sept. 10, 2010, during non-conference play. On that night, ironically enough, the Knights defeated North Iredell 42-34, East Lincoln defeated East Gaston 30-10, Lincolnton beat North Gaston 53-13 and West Lincoln knocked off Thomas Jefferson Academy 48-21.
Friday’s 4-for-4 night was just the third time since North Lincoln opened that all four county football teams won on the same night (Sept. 19, 2008), and the first time it happened in the midst of conference play.
Tonight the Mustangs go to Newton-Conover, the Wolves go to Bunker Hill, the Knights host Mooresville and the Rebels host West Caldwell.
Two of the top three Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference offenses clash at Gurley Stadium tonight, but only one has a defense in the top-half of the league.
East Lincoln (6-1, 3-0) has the league’s top offense at 404.9 yards per game while the Red Devils (2-5, 1-2) are third at 352.6 yards per game. But the Mustangs are second behind West Lincoln in total defense, allowing 253.1 yards per game, while Newton-Conover is seventh at 356.3.
The Red Devils enter tonight’s showdown reeling from injuries and several suspensions issued last week, and have lost four of their last five games.
The second-ranked Mustangs have won three straight since their setback at Gastonia Forestview on Sept. 20, and are tied with undefeated Maiden atop the SD-7.
at BUNKER HILL
The Wolves head to Claremont tonight following one of their best offensive performances of the season in their 30-29 win over Bandys. Lincolnton (4-3, 2-1), which is still fine-tuning its offense after switching from the option to the I-formation several weeks ago, ran for a season-best 315 yards. The Wolves face a team that, despite losing three straight since winning its first four games, is second in the league against the run and third in total defense at 255.9 yards allowed per game.
Bunker Hill (4-3, 0-3) has the SD-7’s second most-potent rushing attack behind West Lincoln at 285.6 yards per game. The Wolves are fourth at stopping the run, holding opponents to 186.4 yards.
MOORESVILLE at NORTH LINCOLN
The Knights host the red-hot Blue Devils, who are on a five-game win streak and sit tied atop the North Piedmont 3A/4A, tonight for homecoming.
Mooresville (6-1, 3-0) has the league’s fourth-best scoring offense at 33 points per game, while the Knights are allowing the sixth-most points at 32 points per game.
Tonight’s game is the first meeting between the two teams.
WEST CALDWELL at WEST LINCOLN
The SD-7’s top rushing attack hosts its worst defense tonight for homecoming.
The Rebels (6-1, 2-1) are averaging 309.4 yards per game on the ground while West Caldwell (1-6, 0-3) is giving up 394 total yards per game.
West Lincoln has two of the top five rushers in the league in Daniel Davila (121.6 yards per game, nine touchdowns) and Miguel Corella (99.1 yards, 11 TDs).