Lincolnton’s pre-conference struggles seem so far away.
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 knock off host West Caldwell 48-21, win their fourth in a row Friday 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. They have won six of their last seven after a 1-2 start.
BANDYS 34, WEST LINCOLN 7: At West Lincoln, 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 yards, 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 –– one each to 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: At 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.
J-Mo Thompson, Hunter Sain and Matt Koe scored on TD runs for North Lincoln, which had 322 yards rushing. Steven Jackson had 131 yards on nine carries.
Correspondent Jonathan Scronce, the Lenoir News-Topic and the Statesville Record & Landmark contributed to this roundup.