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VALE — The West Lincoln Rebels fell to the Lake Norman Charter Knights 41-13 in the Rebels’ homecoming game on Friday.
It did not take the Knights long to show why they have averaged over 50 points a game when they took their first drive 80 yards on nine plays, ending with Alex Scearce’s first of his four touchdowns.
The West Lincoln offense could not get going early on and was unable to put together long, time consuming drives and hurt themselves early on with turnovers. That, combined with the Knights offense, made for a long first quarter as Scearce founnd the end zone two more times in the first quarter, staking the Knights to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We have to come out ready to play and cut out the turnovers to improve our performance,” West Lincoln head coach Tom Sain said.
As the second quarter started West Lincoln defensive lineman Andres Gonzalez came up with a fumble recovery to set the Rebels up with good field position and energize the offense. The Rebels then turned to Daniel Davila and he was up to the task, rushing six times for 35 yards on the drive and scoring the first Rebel touchdown of the night.
The West Lincoln momentum was short lived; the Knights turned to the air and quarterback Michael Dorsainvil found Scearce for a 35-yard touchdown with 2:36 left in the half.
The Rebel offense went three-and-out, giving the ball back to the Knights. Dorsainvil found Petey Fabian on a 75-yard strike that gave the Knights a 35-6 lead at halftime.
The Rebel defense stiffened in the second half and pressured the Knights’ offense and limited them to only one more touchdown on the night.
The West Lincoln offense continued to struggle with maintaining drives. Halfway through the fourth quarter West Lincoln’s Miguel Corella took a snap from center and ran a bootleg to the right and weave his way through several Knight tacklers for a 14-yard touchdown run to make the final score.
“We will come together over the weekend and evaluate out performance as well as get ready for the next opponent,” Sain said. “We plan to come out Monday and go back to work focusing on our next game and move forward trying to get better every day.”