NL Kyle Kovalchuk

North Lincoln senior quarterback Kyle Kovalchuk calls out the signals during Friday’s contest at Lincolnton.  Kovalchuk ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the Knights 28-18 victory.

The East Lincoln Mustangs were forced to move their Week 2 football game at Forestview to Saturday at Stuart Cramer High School due to the playing field issues.

The Mustangs, however, were not affected by the move, posting 31 points on the scoreboard to improve to 2-0.

Junior wide receiver Markell Clark had a huge night for the East Lincoln offense, hauling in 10 receptions for 174 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Those passes came from teammate Tyler Mizzell, who had another solid performance for the Mustangs. The junior completed 13 of his 20 attempts for 224 yards and 3 scores, all to Clark.

At Lincolnton High School, North Lincoln quarterback Kyle Kovalchuk helped lead the Knights to a win over their county rival. The senior rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries, reaching the end zone 3 times to lead the North Lincoln offense.

For the Wolves, Eian Stancil had a solid performance at the running back position. The junior ran for 80 yards on 13 carries, including a 59-yard touchdown run in the third period that pulled Lincolnton to within three.

Sophomore Andre Bost ran for 90 yards and a score and threw for 102 from his quarterback position.

Junior Mason Avery had another top-notch performance for West Lincoln, this time at Cherryville. The Rebels’ running back carried the ball 25 times for 180 yards and a touchdown, and also had a 15-yard reception for a score as time expired in the first half.

Trace Gilmore also had a big night offensively for West Lincoln. The senior had scoring runs of 25 and 43 yards, and tacked on a 2-point conversion. Gilmore finished the night with 100 yards rushing on just nine carries.

Defensive standouts for the second week of the season include West Lincoln’s Zach Daigler, who had 8 tackles (1 for loss) and a forced fumble. Nathan Kester added 6 tackles, 2 assists and a sack, and Curtis Goins had 5 tackles (2 for loss) for the Rebel defense.

The East Lincoln defense was led by Ben Cutter’s 12 tackles, Aiden Terrell’s 10 tackles and 2 sacks and Blake Bradford’s 9 tackles with a pair of sacks. Terry Bryant recorded 6 tackles and a sack and Parker Davis added five tackles, including 3 behind the line of scrimmage.

Sam Wilkins had a game-high 14 tackles to lead the North Lincoln defense on Friday. Luke Fitzsimmons added 11 tackles and Dylan Nestor and Kaleb Peter contributed big with nine tackles each.

Lincolnton’s Easton Dellinger led the Wolves defensively with 9 tackles against North Lincoln. Andre Smith added 7 tackles for Lincolnton, and Khamoni Heath and Caden Smith pitched in with six each. Bernard Wingate forced a pair of fumbles, one of which resulted in a turnover.

(Published September 1, 2021)

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