LHS Bernard Wingate

Lincolnton’s Bernard Wingate helped hold the Mustangs in check last Friday night.  The senior defensive lineman had 10 tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage.

Last Friday was another good night of high school football, although it may have been just a bit out of the ordinary.

North Lincoln exploded for 54 points, their highest output of the year by far. The Knights ran for 504 yards in the game and scored on eight rushing touchdowns.

At East Lincoln, the Mustangs held off the Wolves for a 14-8 victory in a game that was much closer than many Friday Night Forecasters (including myself) had anticipated.

The Lincolnton defense had its best outing of the young season, holding East Lincoln well below their 35 point-per-game average.

The Mustang defense was dominant, holding the Wolves to one score, a 30-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Andre Bost.

Offensively for East Lincoln, the two touchdowns came from a pair of Johnsons.

Orlandis Howell-Johnson got the Mustangs on the board midway through the first quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with 68 yards on 13 carries.

Tyjai Johnson’s 18-yard run midway through the second period resulted in East Lincoln’s second touchdown. The senior totalled 18 hard-earned yards on four carries.

Junior quarterback Tyler Mizzell connected on 11 of his seventeen pass attempts for 120 yards before leaving the game with an arm injury in the fourth quarter. The junior’s status is uncertain for the remainder of the season.

For Linconton, the defense was led by seniors Bernard Wingate and Montrey Bost. Bernard recorded 10 tackles in the game, including five behind the line of scrimmage. Bost matched his fellow senior with 10 tackles, and three of those were for loss.

The fans in Pumpkin Center were treated to a lot more offense. Most notably, North Lincoln fullback had a huge evening with 200 yards rushing on 22 carries, including four touchdown runs to lead the Knights.

Quarterback Kyle Kovalchuk followed up last week’s big game with 153 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Liam Sutton also scored a pair of touchdowns on nine carries, finishing with 86 yards. The junior also connected on 6 of eight extra point kicks.

As for the Rebels, they were left without a game on Friday due to Covid issues at Fred T. Foard. West Lincoln is scheduled to be back on the field this Friday when they travel to Ashbrook. This contest was scheduled after the Rebels were going to lose a game on their schedule to get back to 10 varsity contests for the 2021 fall season.  (Published September 8, 2021)

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