Knights roll past West Iredell to become playoff eligible; Wolves fall at Maiden
VALE –– Chazz Surratt had 228 total yards and four touchdowns and Billy Misenheimer had what East Lincoln coach Mike Byus called, “the best game I’ve seen him play,” as the Mustangs routed West Lincoln 42-15 Friday to win the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference championship and complete their second straight unbeaten run through league play.
Surratt ran for 111 yards and four scores, and completed 11 of 14 passes for 117 yards while Misenheimer, a linebacker/running back/specialist, ran for a TD, returned a punt for a score and keyed East Lincoln’s defensive resurgence that held West Lincoln scoreless in the second half.
The Mustangs (7-4, 7-0) held a 21-15 lead after two quarters.
West Lincoln’s Daniel Davila had 112 yards rushing on 28 carries. Taylor Long scored on a 2-yard run and Miguel Corella added a 7-yard TD run for the Rebels in the first half. Ivan Cavillo’s 25-yard field goal as time expired made it 21-15 at the break.
Surratt scored on runs of 6, 2, 16 and 8 yards. Misenheimer added a 1-yard scoring run and returned the punt 45 yards for a score with 8:05 left in the third quarter.
Both teams await the announcement of their first-round playoff opponents and locations, which will come from the NCHSAA today.
The Rebels (7-4, 3-4), who have lost their last three games, finished in a three-way tie for fourth with Bandys and Bunker Hill and will try to earn their first playoff win in school history next week on the road. The Mustangs, the defending 2A state champions, will have a home game.
NORTH LINCOLN 48, WEST IREDELL 14
PUMPKIN CENTER –– The Knights became playoff eligible and had their highest scoring output in more than five years as they ended the regular season with a win for the second straight season.
North Lincoln (4-7, 2-5 North Piedmont 3A/4A) finished sixth overall in the conference and third among 3A teams thanks to Alexander Central’s 27-20 win over North Iredell, which also helped the Knights’ playoff cause.
The last time North Lincoln scored at least 48 points was in a 50-0 non-conference win against Forbush on Sept. 19, 2008. The Knights have scored 48 or more points six times in their history.
No other details were available on Friday night. West Iredell finished its season without a win in 11 games, and is winless in its last 19 games.
MAIDEN 42, LINCOLNTON 14
MAIDEN –– Jake McRee threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers and the Blue Devils broke free in the second half to finish second in the SD-7 and win their 500th game in school history.
McRee connected on 9 of his 16 pass attempts for 170 yards and an interception. He threw for three TDs in a break-out second half in which Maiden (10-1, 6-1) broke free of a 7-all tie at the break.
Maiden and McRee opened the third quarter with a 13-yard TD pass to Matt Fowler that made it 14-7, then the Blue Devils went up two scores when McRee hit Ricky Taylor from 19 yards out with 4:09 left in the third.
Zoauntarrious Brunt made it a game again when he returned McRee’s first and only interception for 65 yards to make it 21-14 with 10:48 to play. The Wolves (7-4, 5-2) didn’t score again.
Less than a minute later McRee connected with Justus Woods on a 27-yard TD pass. Inside of 3 minutes left Brunt fumbled, and Maiden turned it into a score on T.J. Vick’s 58-yard run with 2:19 left.
Neither Quinlyn Harris nor Brunt could handle the ensuing kickoff, and Maiden recovered at the Lincolnton 26. Two plays later Tony Hernandez scored from 23 yards out with 1:26 left to give the Blue Devils their largest win since beating St. Stephens 63-0 in Week 3.
Maiden, which had just 18 yards rushing at the half, finished with 171 on the ground –– its second-most of the season (186 against St. Stephens). Vick had 100 of those yards, all but 5 in the second half.
Woods had 108 receiving yards on four catches, including a sure-scoring pass that went for 61 yards in the first quarter but was fumbled at the Lincolnton 20 after being chased down by Brunt.
Chavis Russell led Lincolnton with 72 yards rushing, and Justice Charles added 65. But Maiden sacking quarterback Jordon Easter five times –– and 10 total tackles for loss –– held the Wolves at bay.
Vick added a 17-yard TD reception for the game’s first score, and Lincolnton’s Darian Roseboro tied it with a 1-yard run to start the second quarter.
Mike Powell of the Gaston Gazette contributed to this roundup. See Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News for more on these games.