By DAVID KEEVER
Special to the LTN
Quinlyn Harris intercepted three passes and Lincolnton limited Newton-Conover to 164 yards of total offense in a 30-7 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference victory Friday.
Tyshique Prescod also intercepted a pass as part of a defensive effort that gave Lincolnton (6-3, 4-1) its third straight win.
“Friday night was our best defensive effort of the season,” said Lincolnton head coach Scott Cloninger, whose team stayed within one game of the conference leaders.
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 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.
The Wolves defense continued to play well and the offense continues to improve, putting up thirty or more points each of the last two weeks.
“We always want to get better,” Cloninger said. “I believe that we are in the right offense (I-formation), because of our personnel.”
The kicking game continues to excel for Lincolnton as well. Freshman kicker Grahm Willis was a perfect 6 for 6, hitting on all three field goal attempts and adding three extra points.
“We knew he had experience because of soccer,” Cloninger said of Willis. “He has stepped in and scored a lot of points.”
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.
The Red Devils host Bunker Hill next week while Lincolnton, winners of five of their last six games, will visit West Caldwell.