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Scrimmages highlight the week

East Lincoln’s Chandler Jones (left) breaks away from defenders during the Mustangs scrimmage Wednesday morning against the Phillip O. Berry Academy at Charlotte Country Day. East Lincoln travels to Stuart Cramer tonight.


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With just one week to go until the high school football season gets underway, local teams got their first chance to go up against someone other that their own teammates on Wednesday as scrimmages took place all across the area.  

West Lincoln traveled to Avery County, where they took on the host team along with Thomas Jefferson and Patton.  North Lincoln took on Hickory, R-S Central and Burns in Lawndale, and Lincolnton traveled to Cherryville to do battle with the Ironmen and Ashbrook.

East Lincoln also participated in their first scrimmage on Wednesday at Country Day in Charlotte, where they took on Phillip O. Berry Academy, Kings Mountain and Stuart Cramer.  

And as usual, coaches found out there is still plenty of things to work on between now and next friday’s season openers.  Everything from mishandled snaps, to broken pass coverages to sloppy tackling was on display Wednesday evening.

Fortunately, for both players and coaches, there won’t be a lot of time to dwell on the negative because teams get right back on the playing field tonight for a second set of scrimmages.

Both North Lincoln and East Lincoln will participate in the Gaston County Jamboree at Stuart Cramer high School in Belmont.  The Knights will take on North Gaston at 6 p.m., and the Mustangs will face Stuart Cramer at 8 p.m.  

Other games at the Gaston County Jamboree include Highland Tech going against Carolina Pride at 4 p.m., followed by Ashbrook and Porter Ridge at 5 p.m.  Hunter Huss will battle Berry Academy at 7 p.m.  

West Lincoln will play in a four-team scrimmage at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  The Rebels are scheduled to take on Alexander Central and Hickory in the event that gets underway at 5 p.m.  Maiden will also be part of the scrimmage at Lenoir-Rhyne.  

Lincolnton will head up the mountains to Ashe County.  The Wolves will take part in a five-team scrimmage that includes East Surry, Elkin, Watauga and the host Huskies.  

Tonight’s scrimmages will be the final tune-ups for area teams before opening the regular season on August 18.

Lincolnton’s Skylar Evans attempts to get around the edge during Wednesday night’s scrimmage with Ashbrook at Cherryville.

Image courtesy of Jack Flagler / Special to the LTN

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