East Burke at LHS Football

The Lincolnton Wolves faced East Burke on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Wolves defeated the Cavaliers 35-20 in the first meeting ever between the two football teams.

DENVER – The flea flicker is one of the most intricate plays in football, a bit of razzle dazzle that requires crisp execution.

But would you believe a double flea-flicker?

East Lincoln pulled off the trickery Friday night in a 42-6 Western Foothills 3A Conference win over St. Stephens.

The play clicked for a 68-yard touchdown late in the first half and sent the Mustangs (6-2, 3-2) into the dressing room with a 28-0 cushion.

The score reached 42-0 midway through the third quarter, and the rest of the game was played with a running clock.

As the regular season winds down, East Lincoln remains in the running for the second automatic bid to the playoffs from the Western Foothills 3A. The Mustangs are one game back of North Lincoln (6-2, 4-1) and Hickory (5-3, 4-1) with two weeks left.

First place Statesville (5-0, 7-0) is closing in on the top spot.

East Lincoln’s big play offense generated touchdown plays covering 89, 68, 65, and 61 yards.

In his first start after being sidelined for weeks with a fractured left arm, junior quarterback Tyler Mizzell completed 16 of 19 passes for 310 yards and three scores.

“I had a full week of practice, so I felt pretty good coming in here,” Mizzell said. “I was a little nervous since it was my first real game back. But definitely the ball was spinning good for me.”

According to East Lincoln head coach Dave Lubowicz, the double flea-flicker was the brainchild of assistant coach Matt Beam. The Mustangs ran it for the first time in the season opener against Hibriten.

“We were a little bit rusty, but it worked out well. It’s a fun play, even though it takes a long time,” Lubowicz said.

After the ball was snapped, Mizell handed off to Devean Huskey, who flipped to Markell Clark on a reverse. Clark flipped to Mizell about ten yards behind the line of scrimmage. Mizell then hit Keandre Walker in full stride down the middle of the field, and Walker streaked to the end zone.

“It was the right time for it, and we executed,” said Mizzell, who also threw touchdown passes of 89 yards to Michael Dobler and eight yards to Clark.

The East Lincoln defense limited St. Stephens (1-6, 1-3) to 110 total yards and kept the Indians out of the end zone until late in the game.

The one negative for East was a messy first half of penalties – ten of them for 130 yards. However, the Mustangs cleaned up their play over the final two quarters.

“It was silly penalties, not the result of hustle,” Lubowicz said. “We can’t go into our upcoming games and shoot ourselves in the foot over and over.”

East Lincoln running back Orlandis Howell-Johnson carried seven times for 151 yards. He got most of it on a 65-yard touchdown burst in the first quarter and a 61-yarder in the third.

On the game’s opening series, East Lincoln blocked a St. Stephens punt, and Aiden Terrell recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Mustangs host North Iredell this week.

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Wolves hold off East Burke

Staff report

Following three-straight second-half comeback victories, Lincolnton led for all but four minutes of their contest on Friday in a 35-20 Catawba Valley 2A Conference win over East Burke on homecoming night at Memorial Stadium.

After Deandre Smith picked off a pass on East Burke’s first possession and returned it deep into Cavalier territory, the senior all-purpose back ran it in from 26 yards out. Peyton Rangel’s point after gave the Wolves a 7-0 lead just one minute and seven seconds into the game.

Lincolnton stretched the lead to 13-0 when quarterback Andre Bost found Easton Dellinger in the end zone midway through the opening quarter.

But East Burke wouldn’t go quietly.

The Cavaliers scored back-to-back touchdowns on a 37-yard scamper by Blane Fulbright late in the first period and a Carter Crump quarterback keeper from 5 yards out to put East Burke ahead 14-13 midway through the second.

However, the Wolves had an answer.

Smith scored his second TD of the night from three yards out, and added a 2-point conversion run for a 21-14 advantage with 3:16 to go in the half. Then Bost threw his second scoring toss of the game, this one to Andrew Phelps from 20 yards out with just 8 seconds on the clock that gave Lincolnton a 28-14 lead at the break.

Fulbright’s second TD run of the game midway through the fourth period got the Cavaliers to within eight at 28-20, but Bernard Wingate’s 11-yard scoring run with two and a half minutes to go sealed the Wolves fourth straight victory following an 0-4 start.

Smith finished the game with 126 yards and two scores on ten carries to lead the Lincolnton offense. Bost completed three of his six pass attempts for 49 yards and two touchdowns.

Fulbright carried the ball 24 times for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers.

Lincolnton (3-1, 4-4) will play host to conference-leading Maiden this Friday, while East Burke (0-4, 1-5) will host West Lincoln.

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Avery, Rebels run past Warriors

Staff report

West Lincoln’s Mason Avery ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns and the Rebels took care of business with a 35-12 win on homecoming night Friday evening in Vale.

It was Trace Gilmore that opened the scoring for West Lincoln when he scored from two yards out. Trista Primmer added the extra point, and the Rebels led 7-0.

Quarterback Jordan Truesdale hooked up with Zach Daigler from 31 yards out in the second period, and Avery reached the end zone from the one yard line, the first of his three scores, and the Rebels took a 21-6 lead into the halftime break.

The West Lincoln running game continued to control the game in the second half.

Avery posted touchdown runs of 17 yards and one yard to give the Rebels all the cushion they would need to pick up their sixth win of the season.

West Lincoln finished the game with 359 total yards of offense, including 304 on the ground on 55 carries. Truesdale completed three of his eight passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Gilmore added 49 yards and a score on ten carries for the Rebels.

Primmer was a perfect 5 for 5 on extra point attempts.

The West Lincoln defense again played well. Xandor Headrick had 8 solo tackles, two assists, 2 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery, while Avery added 7 solo tackles, an assist, a tackle for loss and two sacks. Lathon Sain recorded five tackles, three assists and a tackle for loss for the Rebels.

West Lincoln, which improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the CVAC, will travel to East Burke this Friday. West Caldwell (0-5, 0-7) will host Bandys.

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Knights roll past Foard

Staff report

The North Lincoln Knights rolled to their sixth victory of the season with a convincing 49-3 win over the Tigers on Friday at Fred T. Foard High School.

North Lincoln improved to 6-2 overall in the 2021 fall season, and 4-1 in the Western Foothills 3A Conference. The Knights remain tied with Hickory for second place in the league, and hold the tiebreaker over the Red Tornadoes with a head-to-head win earlier this season.

Foard remains winless on the season, falling to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the WF3A Conference.

The Knights will play host to West Iredell this Friday, while Fred T. Foard will travel to Hickory.

(Published October 18, 2021)

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