Lincolnton pulls into tie with Maiden for second
DENVER –– East Lincoln figured it’d need four quarters of solid football to knock off Maiden.
Turns out it only needed a half.
Chazz Surratt had 264 total yards and five touchdowns, Damarius Valentine returned an interception for a score and the Mustangs defense held the Blue Devils to season lows in points and yards as they rolled to a 42-0 win on Friday and clinched at least a share of the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference title.
Surratt completed 10 of 16 passes for 138 yards and a TD, and rushed for 126 yards and four scores in a game that got out of hand early between a pair of state-ranked teams.
East Lincoln (6-4, 6-0), ranked third in the latest statewide 2A Associated Press media poll, and its tops-in-the-league defense held the seventh-ranked and previously undefeated Blue Devils (9-1, 5-1) to 131 total yards and kept them from earning win No. 500 in program history.
Conference passing leader Jake McRee was held to a season-low 107 yards passing on 14 of 31 attempts. He was also picked off twice, once by Valentine, who returned his pick 72 yards for a score in the second quarter, and the last by Sam Krehnbrink.
Maiden was also held to a season-worst 24 yards rushing.
Surratt scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards, and connected with Chris Tomberlin for a 59-yard scoring pass that led to a 28-0 Mustangs lead at halftime. Surratt added a 10-yard score at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter, and scored again on a 1-yard run with 3:01 left in the third for the final margin.
East Lincoln, which won for the sixth straight week and extended its conference winning streak to 17 games, can win its fourth league championship outright under head coach Mike Byus with a win at West Lincoln or a Maiden loss to Lincolnton next week.
LINCOLNTON 48, WEST CALDWELL 21
LENOIR –– Zoauntarrious Brunt rushed for three touchdowns and Jordon Easter had a pair of scores as the Wolves bruised their way to 501 yards of total offense to win their fourth in a row and pull into a tie for second in the SD-7 with Maiden.
Easter ran for 91 yards and passed for 193, connecting with Quinlyn Harris on a 90-yard score to go up 21-0 early in the second quarter. Brunt, who had 88 yards rushing on nine carries, scored on runs of 3, 45 and 13 yards.
Chavis Russell and Tyshawn Smith each scored on 1-yard runs, and Easter added a 23-yard run for a score.
Lincolnton (7-3, 5-1) held the Warriors (1-9, 0-6) to 237 total yards.
The Wolves, who had nine different ball carriers total 308 rushing yards, can clinch second place in the SD-7 with a win over Maiden next week.
BANDYS 34, WEST LINCOLN 7
VALE –– The Rebels got some of their running game back but couldn’t stop the Trojans’ passing game as they dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.
West Lincoln (7-3, 3-3) had 206 yards rushing a week after rushing for a season-low 176, but its defense yielded 265 yards passing and four TDs to Bandys quarterback Logan Beegle.
Daniel Davila had 128 yards rushing and Miguel Corella added 84 yards on the ground. Tracy Messer had the Rebels’ lone score on a 2-yard run that made it 10-7 with 2:19 left in the first quarter, but they didn’t score again.
Beegle threw TD passes of 33, 39, 67 and 28 yards to four different receivers –– Dylan Wambold, Brenton Jones, Jeremy Carr and Jaylin Lineberger.
Travis Kiser had a pair of field goals of 28 and 33 yards as Bandys (4-6, 2-4) ended a three-game losing streak.
STATESVILLE 42, NORTH LINCOLN 20
STATESVILLE –– Travis Ramseur threw for 356 yards and five TDs as the Greyhounds pulled into a tie with South Iredell (which lost to Mooresville 33-10) for the North Piedmont 3A/4A’s top 3A team.
The sophomore completed 12 of 16 passes, and had scores of 63, 77, 35, 78 and 19 yards.
The Knights fell to 3-7 overall, 1-5 in league play. They need a win at home against West Iredell next week to become playoff eligible. Statesville is 5-5, 4-2.
Correspondent Jonathan Scronce, the Lenoir News-Topic and the Statesville Record & Landmark contributed to this roundup. For more on these games see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News.