Big second half lifts EL; LHS upsets top-seeded Carver
DENVER –– Maiden put up a greater fight this time around, but the end result was the same –– a blowout win by East Lincoln.
Chazz Surratt accounted for four touchdowns and the Mustangs got going in the second half to rout the Blue Devils 42-14 in the second round of the NCHSAA state 2AA playoffs on Friday night.
Third-seeded East Lincoln, which beat Maiden 42-0 three weeks ago, will play its first road playoff game next week since 2011 when it heads to No. 2 Monroe, a 35-14 winner over West Stokes, in the third round.
With neither team able to get anything going offensively in the first half –– they combined for seven turnovers in the second quarter alone, four by East Lincoln –– the Mustangs (9-4) took advantage of Maiden’s mistakes in the last half.
East Lincoln picked off Maiden quarterback Jake McRee four times, one that was returned by Justin Rhodes for a score with 11:27 to play that put a lid on this one.
The Blue Devils (11-2), who suffered both losses this season at the hands of the Mustangs, took their first drive 76 yards in 12 plays and scored on Ricky Taylor’s 1-yard plunge to take the early one-TD lead.
They didn’t score again until McRee connected with Justus Woods, who broke free from two tackles down the far sideline, for a 70-yard TD strike with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
McRee completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts for 210 yards and the score, but his four interceptions paired with a bad snap picked up by the Mustangs were too much. a
Surratt, hampered by a knee injury suffered last week against Bandys, was limited to a season-low 20 yards rushing on just nine carries. But he did score on runs of 3 and 5 yards.
Coleton Banks picked up the slack, rushing for 71 yards on 18 totes.
East Lincoln ran for a season-low 101 yards, and didn’t break the 100-yard mark until 2:45 was left until it officially advanced.
Surratt was 9 of 21 through the air for 185 yards, connecting four times with his younger brother, Sage, for 107 yards and a TD. He also threw three interceptions, two which were batted up at the line of scrimmage.
Chazz Surratt also hit Valentine with a 41-yard TD pass for the junior defensive back’s first two-score game this season.
LINCOLNTON 28, WINSTON-SALEM CARVER 27
WINSTON-SALEM –– The Wolves put Darian Roseboro, their prized defensive tackle, into the backfield late in the third quarter and rode him all the way to an upset win over the top-seeded Yellow Jackets.
Ninth-seeded Lincolnton (9-4) will travel to No. 4 Reidsville (11-2), a 27-19 winner over Polk County, for a 2A third-round game next week.
Roseboro, a highly-touted and heavily recruited junior, ran for 45 yards on 11 carries in the fourth quarter, four runs of which gave his team a first down, and scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game at 21 with 9:17 to play.
Carver (11-2), which had its 11-game win streak snapped and fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, went up 27-21 less than four minutes later. But the Wolves drove 65 yards in 13 plays to take back the lead with 1:08 left on a 13-yard TD pass from Jordon Easter to Justice Charles.
Graham Willis’ squib kick after the score bounced off two Carver returners and Lincolnton recovered. The Wolves ran all but 11 seconds off for the win.
Lincolnton out gained the Yelllow Jackets 167-5 in the first quarter and went up 14-0 on a pair of reverses by Quinlyn Harris of 12 and 44 yards.
Carver then got three TD runs by Desean Binyard for a 21-14 lead before Roseboro’s 1-yard run tied it.
Lincolnton finished with 248 yards rushing on 51 carries, with Charles gaining 100 yards on 14 totes.
NORTH LINCOLN 72, WEST LINCOLN 58: At West Lincoln, the Knights had four in double figures as they won for the second time in as many games.
Landon Yarborough scored a game-high 21 points while Reid Anderson added 14, Chase Stehling scored 11 and Zach McGinnis scored 10.
Harry Huddleston and Todric Anderson scored 11 apiece for the Rebels, who fell in their season opener. Daniel Schesny added 10 for West Lincoln (0-1).
WEST LINCOLN 51, NORTH LINCOLN 19: At West Lincoln, the Rebels won their season opener.
Madison Ferguson scored 17 points for West Lincoln (1-0), which turned an 8-4 first quarter into a blowout by outscoring the Knights (0-2) 43-15 the rest of the way.
Caliee Franklin and Rachel Nuhfer led North Lincoln with seven points each.
The Winston-Salem Journal contributed to this roundup.