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Local football standouts recognized for play

DAVID KEEVER

Sports Editor

Last Friday’s East Lincoln at North Lincoln game was the classic tale of two halves.  The Knights took full advantage of the Mustangs mistakes, scoring on several East Lincoln turnovers while looking unstoppable on offense.

But in the second half, head coach David Lubowicz’s Mustangs scored on the opening possession, recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff which led to a score, then picked off a North Lincoln pass on the next drive and turned it into points.

You really couldn’t put a finger on what the Knights did differently, or wrong.  It was more about East Lincoln playing a nearly perfect half of football.  

We don’t see a lot of high school games where one team outscores the other by 24 in the first half, only to be outscored by 28 after the break.  It just doesn’t happen on that level very often.

Quarterback Chase Jones had his best game of the season for the Mustangs.  The junior threw for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and ran for another 147 yards and a score.  While Jones struggled somewhat in the first half of the contest, he more that made up for it with his second-half performance.

Tavin Johnson had a solid night on both sides of the ball for East Lincoln.  The junior had 5 tackles, including two for loss on the defensive side, while hauling in 4 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown on offense, along with 37 yards rushing on five carries.

For North Lincoln and head coach Steven Pack, it had to be a tough loss to swallow.  But Pack was proud of his team’s effort, and wanted to recognize the entire team for a balanced effort.

Linconton’s Tyshaun Harris continues to put up big numbers offensively for head coach Ledford Gibson.  Friday night, Harris ran for 192 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.  The junior also forced a Bandys fumble on defense and returned it 39 yards for a score, and picked off a pair of passes.

Defensively for the Wolves, Dajzay Powell had a big night with 15 tackles, including 3 for loss.

The West Lincoln Rebels took one on the chin at Newton-Conover, but junior Nakathon Phansook played well for head coach Tom Sain.  The junior running back had 19 carries for 113 yards to lead the West Lincoln offense, and had five tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Notes: Lincolnton coach Ledford Gibson also noted the effort of Tyreke Hollis, who had one of his better nights of the season catching the football.  Hollis, a senior, had 9 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

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