Wolves alone in third in SD-7; Mustangs match school record for points scored
Quinlyn Harris intercepted three passes and Lincolnton limited Newton-Conover to 165 yards of total offense in a 30-7 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference victory on Friday.
Tyshique Prescod also intercepted a pass as part of a defensive effort that gave Lincolnton (6-3, 4-1) its third straight win and a grip on third place in the standings.
Nick Hatchett caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jordon Easter to give Lincolnton a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, and the Wolves got rushing touchdowns from Zoauntarrious Brunt and Justice Charles in the third.
Brunt finished with 79 yards to lead Lincolnton’s rushing attack while Easter rushed for 75 yards. Easter also passed for 107 yards while directing a 375-yard offense.
Grahm Willis kicked three field goals covering 25, 31 and 31 yards for the Wolves.
After Lincolnton went ahead early in the second quarter, Newton-Conover got on the board with Tre Clark’s 2-yard fumble return for a touchdown at the 8:47 mark of the second quarter. Lincolnton started pulling away after that, reeling off 23 straight points to end the game.
Cameron Stanley completed 17 of 24 passes for 152 yards but was intercepted four times for Newton-Conover (2-7, 1-4), which dropped its fourth straight.
Thanks to West Lincoln’s 17-3 loss at Maiden, the Wolves now sit alone in third behind the league-leading Blue Devils (9-0, 5-0) and East Lincoln (5-4, 5-0). Those two teams meet next week in Denver.
EAST LINCOLN 68, WEST CALDWELL 7
DENVER –– Chazz Surratt threw for 349 yards and five touchdowns as the Mustangs stayed perfect in the SD-7 and matched a school record for points scored.
The 68 points were the most scored since the Mustangs (5-4, 5-0) beat Hibriten 68-26 in 1991.
Surratt completed 13 of 17 passes and hit four different receivers for TDs.
Damisho Finandis scored on a 40-yard pass from Surratt, Billy Misenheimer on a 78-yard pass, Damarius Valentine on a 71-yard pass and Sage Surratt, Chazz Surratt’s younger brother, caught two TD passes of 23 and 17 yards.
Justin Rhodes returned an interception 35 yards for a score, Valentine added a 7-yard run, Finandis scored on an 3-yard run and Chazz Surratt added a 74-yard TD run for the Mustangs.
West Caldwell’s Herman Tate scored on a 9-yard run with 1:15 left to avoid the shutout.
The win sets up a battle for first place next between East Lincoln and unbeaten Maiden.
The Mustangs have won 16 straight league games dating back to 2011. They forfeited three non-conference wins earlier this week due to their use of an academically ineligible player.
LAKE NORMAN 34, NORTH LINCOLN 14
PUMPKIN CENTER –– Josh Ladowski accounted for 454 yards and four scores as Lake Norman won for the sixth straight week.
Ladowski, a junior committed to North Carolina for baseball, completed 14 of 25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 227 yards and two scores as the Wildcats (7-2, 5-0 North Piedmont 3A/4A) fought away from a deadlocked first quarter.
Ladowski connected with Corey Joyner on a 32-yard TD pass less than 2 minutes in, then scored on a 5-yard run with 4:38 to play in the first quarter to go up 14-7.
North Lincoln’s Trey Freeman returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to tie, and the 14-14 score stood until Ladowski reached paydirt from the Knights 11 with 2:24 left in the half.
Joyner scored on a 20-yard run at the 7:17 mark of the third, and Joyner caught his second TD reception on an 11-yard pass from Ladowski with 1:47 to play.
It took the Wildcats five plays to strike first. Then the Knights (3-6, 1-4) moved the ball on the ground with ease on their first drive, which took 11 plays and went 72 yards, ending with a 4-yard run by J-Mo Thompson.
Joyner had nine catches for 150 yards, and carried four times for 30 yards. Ethan Gram led North Lincoln with 62 yards rushing on 10 totes.
Lake Norman, which won for the sixth straight week, had 487 total yards. It also held the Knights to 255.
MAIDEN 17, WEST LINCOLN 3
MAIDEN –– The Blue Devils held West Lincoln’s potent rushing offense to 194 yards to stay perfect on the year.
West Lincoln (7-2, 3-2) got 94 yards from Daniel Davila, but an offense that was averaging 320.9 yards a game on the ground was kept out of the end zone for the first time since being shutout at East Rutherford in 2011.
Maiden (9-0, 5-0) scored both of its TDs in the second quarter. Rickey Taylor scored on a 1-yard run, then quarterback Jake McRee hit T.J. Vick for a 24-yard score with 54.8 seconds left before the half.
West Lincoln’s Ivan Cavillo drilled a 22-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter to tie it at 3, but the Rebels and their season-low 199 total yards were kept off the board the rest of the way.
McRee, who was leading the league in passing entering the game, was 17-of-36 for 200 yards and two interceptions.
Correspondents David Keever and Jonathan Scronce contributed to this roundup. For more on these games, see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News.