WEST LINCOLN REBELS
Head coach: Darren Ponder - 4th season
Assistants: David Avery, John Henderson, Chuck Mallory, Austin May, Harry Huddleston, Jesse Hatcher, Wayne Navey, Brad Newton, John Markley, Jared Swafford.
Last season: 9-4, 5-2; (26-10 overall) Playoffs: Defeated Surry Central 1st round, lost to Maiden second round.
Returning starters: 6 Offense, 5 Defense.
Key returning players: Mason Avery 6-1, 190 Sr., RB/OLB. All-Conference. rushed for 1,825 yards and had 110 tackles last season; Jordan Truesdale Sr.’ 6-2, 175. QB; Curtis Goins Sr., 5-11, 220 DE/LB/OL. All-Conference; JJ Ponder Sr., 5-11, 220. OL/DL; Nathan Kester 5-10, Sr., LB; Caleb Sain 5-11, 280, Jr., OL; Nathan Rye 6-0., 170, SE/TE/DB.
Key newcomers: Jalen Winnnex So., RB/DB, 5-9 145; Patrick Goins, Sr., LB/WB, 6-0, 170; Gideon Allen So., DB/QB/SE.
Team strengths: Offensive Line, Backfield, Linebackers.
Team weaknesses: Inexperience on defense.
West Lincoln 2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 North Lincoln
Aug. 26 Cherryville
Sep. 2 Fred T. Foard
Sep. 9 Open
Sep. 16 Bandys
Sep. 23 at Maiden
Sep. 30 Bunker Hill
Oct. 7 Newton-Conover
Oct. 14 at West Caldwell
Oct. 21 East Burke (Senior)
Oct. 28 at Lincolnton
NORTH LINCOLN KNIGHTS
Head coach: Nick Bazzle (5th season, 34-12).
Assistants: Paul Regan, Charlie Goss, Mark Ludwig, Mike Sullivan, Jake Walker, Alex Pedersen, Lee Crawford, Clayton Cribb.
Last season: (2021: 8-3, 6-1 WF3A) Lost 1st round to West Rowan in OT.
Key returning players: Bryson Esser OL/DL, Cody Morse, RB/DL Dylan Nestor, TE/DL Gabe Johnson, OL/DL Tyler Donahue, RB/DB Caden Ayers, WR/DB Liam Sutton, P/K Connor Carson, QB.
Top newcomers: Hunter Huckleberry, DL/TE Manny Maynor, RB/DB Ryan Bassani, LB/DB.
Outlook: Have depth at RB, have 26 seniors, Will be a little better up front but not very deep there. Had a good off-season and overall should be improved over last year. Unfortunately for us, our conference teams will be much improved over last year as well. Will need to stay healthy in order to be competitive.
Team will have a chance to be successful if: “We can stay healthy and develop
good team chemistry,” said head coach Nick Bazzle. “That’s always the x-factor to a team’s success.”
North Lincoln must avoid: Covid, heat issues, and injuries in key positions
North Lincoln Schedule 2022
Aug. 19 at West Lincoln 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Lincolnton
Sep. 2 at NW Cabarrus
Sep. 10 OPEN
Sep. 16 Statesville
Sep. 23 at Hickory
Sep. 30 North Iredell
Oct. 7 at St. Stephens
Oct. 14 Fred T. Foard
Oct. 21 at West Iredell
Oct. 28 at East Lincoln
EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS
Head coach: David Lubowicz (6th season as head coach, Overall record 33-23).
Assistants: Chris Matile, Ryan Goggio, Josh Robinson, Jay Roseboro, David Brehm, Garrett Young, Josh Thompson, Matt Beam, Neil Lunceford, Matt Gallagher.
Last season: 8-4, 4-3 WF3A (Defeated Oak Grove 1st round, lost to Statesville in 2nd round).
Key returning players (8): Ben Cutter RB/LB, Sr.; Keandre Walker WR/DB, Sr.; Tyler Mizzell QB, Sr.; Markell Clark WR, Sr.; Landon Glezen WR/DB, Sr.; Parker Davis LB, Sr.; Blake Bradford OL/DL, Sr.; Josh Gilbert OL/DL, Sr.
Top newcomers: Chris Daley RB/LB, So.; LJ Forney WR/DB, So.; Christian Garcia OL/DL, So.
Outlook: “We return 10 out of 11 defensive starters from last season,” said head coach David Lubowicz. And this team is loaded with talent and experience.”
Team will have a chance to be successful if: “We play up to our potential,” Lubowicz said.
East Lincoln must avoid: “Getting a big head!,” said Lubowicz.
East Lincoln Schedule 2022
Aug. 19 Hibriten
Aug. 26 Forestview
Sep. 2 at Lincolnton
Sep. 9 OPEN
Sep. 16 Hickory
Sep. 23 at Statesville
Sep. 30 West Iredell
Oct. 7 at Fred T. Foard
Oct. 14 at St. Stephens
Oct. 21 at North Iredell
Oct. 28 North Lincoln
Head coach: David Byrd (4-7) 21st year at Lincolnton, 2nd as head coach.
Assistants: Jaden Angle, Marty Holbrook, Michael Budzinski, Chris Carrigan, Marc Keifer, Scott Cloninger, Mack George, Kevin Surratt, Jonathan Ingram, Tyler Mauldin, Tim Helms, Jonathan Lane, Keith Oates, Quinn Heavner, Demery Brewer.
Last season: 4-7, 4-3 CVAC Playoffs: Lost 1st round to Monroe.
Returning starters: 18
Key returning players: Easton Dellinger 6’01”, 208 lbs., LB, TE, Sr.; Khamoni Heath, 6’01”, 195 lbs., DL, FB, Sr.; Andrew Phelps, 6’01”, 185 lbs., FS, HB, Jr.; Andre Bost, 5´10¨, 170 lbs, QB/DB, Jr; Nehemiah Lynch, 5´8¨, 150 lbs, WR/DB, JR; Eian Stancil, 5´10¨, 165 lbs, RB/S, Sr.; Anthony Odum, 6´, 155 lbs, WR/DB, Sr.; Peyton Rangel, 6´, 230 lbs, TE/DL, Jr.; Teaghan Strutt, 5´11¨, 255 lbs, DL, Sr.; Caden Smith, 5’10”, 185 lbs, LB, FB, Jr.; Camden Wray, 5´9¨, 215 lbs, OL/DL, Sr.; Nate Wells, 6’01”, 180 lbs., DL, OL, Sr.
Top newcomers: Will Blackburn, 6´3¨, 220 lbs, TE/DE, Sr.; Geviaunta Walker, 6’01”, 222 lbs., DL, OL, Jr.; Jaquan Wil
liams, 6´3¨, 302 lbs, OL/DL, Sr.; Thomas Heath, 5´11¨, 225 lbs, OL/DL, Sr.
Team strengths: Quickness on de
fense. Overall team speed.
Team Weaknesses: Lack of size in the interior line.
Lincolnton 2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 South Point Aug. 26 North Lincoln Sept. 2 East Lincoln
Sept. 9 OPEN
Sept. 16 at Bunker Hill
Sept. 23 Newton-Conove
Sept. 30 at Bandys Oct. 7 West Caldwell
Oct. 14 at East Burke
Oct. 21 at Maiden
Oct. 28 West Lincoln
Head coach: Tim Pruitt (8th season at CHS (‘02 and ‘16-’22). Overall Record at CHS: 23-53.
Assistants: Scott Jenkins / Defensive Coordinator., Linebackers, Dell Garren / Defensive Line, Tim Moss / Offensive Line, Chapel Moss / Running Backs, Matt Powers / Defensive Backs, Will Puckett / Wide Receivers, Josh Garren / Defensive Line; Team Manager: Leroy Montgomery.
Last Year: 3-8, 2-4 (Lost 1st round to Cherokee).
Number of returning starters: 7 offense, 7 defense.
Key returning players: Landon Hahn, Senior, Slot / FS / LS / KR; 2-time All-Conference, 3-sport athlete; Chase Miller, Senior, QB / LB, 3-sport athlete; Kam Bolin, Senior, LB; teams leading tackler; 3-sport athlete; Jack Dellinger, Senior, OT; All-Conference, 2-year starter; Corey Alston, Senior, OG / DT, 2-year starter; Elijah Gibson, Senior, FB / LB; Tobias Miller, Senior, TE / DE; 3-sport athlete; Tanner Sisk, Senior, Slot / SS; Caleb Hovis, Junior, TE / NG, has started every game of his career on Defense and has played every offensive line position, 4-sport athlete.
Top Newcomers: Shamyr Moss, Junior, TB, DE; Josh Ward, Junior, QB/SE/ CB; Hunter Jackson, Junior, SE/S.
Outlook: The Ironmen will once again face one of the more difficult 1A schedules in the state as they face five 2A teams that won their first round playoff game a season ago. The Ironmen return
a senior laden roster with lots of experi
ence on the offensive line. The skill positions will lack depth, but will return quarterback Chase Miller and his favorite target in Landon Hahn.
Strengths: Depth on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Weaknesses: Depth at the skill positions. Developing that depth has been a focus off the summer and preseason camp.
Keys to success: Find a running back that can compliment the passing game and players that can step up to fill heavy losses at linebacker.
Cherryville Ironmen 2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 Avery County
Aug. 26 at West Lincoln
Sep. 2 at Blacksburg, S.C.
Sep. 9 Chase
Sep. 16 Shelby
Sep. 23 at East Gaston
Sep. 30 OPEN
Oct. 7 Highland Tech
Oct. 14 at Thomas Jefferson
Oct. 21 at Burns
Oct. 28 Bessemer City
(Published August 17, 2022)