Led by a solid defensive effort and the running of Chris Daley, East Lincoln rolled past county-rival Lincolnton 27-0 Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
The East Lincoln defense limited the Wolves to 117 total yards, keeping Lincolnton out of the endzone the entire night.
Daley, a 6-foot, 185 pound sophomore, got the Mustangs on the board late in the first quarter with a 46-yard touchdown run. Helmut Rojas added the point after, and East Lincoln led 7-0.
Midway through the second period, senior quarterback Tyler Mizzell connected with fellow senior Markell Clark from 10 yards out. The 2-point conversion run was no good, and the Mustangs would take a 13-0 lead into halftime.
The score remained that way until late in the third quarter when Clark hauled in his second scoring pass of the game from Mizzell. This one covered 21 yards, and the Rojas extra point made it 20-0.
Clark would later score his third touchdown of the night when he returned a botched punt 25 yards with 6:31 remaining in the contest.
The Lincolnton defense did hold the highly-touted Mustang passing game in check for most of the night. Mizzell completed 17 of his 30 attempts for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
But the running of Daley was the difference. The running back’s 141 yards on just ten carries and the game’s first touchdown was the X-factor for East Lincoln.
The Mustangs finished with 192 yards on the ground on 22 carries as a team.
For the Wolves, junior quarterback Andre Bost completed 10 of 21 pass attempts for 68 yards. Easton Dellinger completed his one pass attempt for 37 yards. Lincolnton was limited to twelve yards on the ground.
UP NEXT: Both teams are off this Friday before beginning conference play on September 16. East Lincoln will open Western Foothills 3A Conference play at home against Hickory. Lincolnton will travel to Bunker Hill for their Catawba Valley 2A Conference opener.
Rebels run over Foard
West Lincoln ran for 426 yards and had seven rushing touchdowns in Friday night’s convincing win over the Tigers of Fred T. Foard at Douglas C. Leonhardt Stadium in Vale.
Senior Mason Avery, who finished the night with 201 yards and three touchdowns, opened the scoring with a 70-yard jaunt in the opening quarter.
Moments later, sophomore Jaylin Winnex ran one in from 19 yards out and after Joel Sellers added the P.A.T., the Rebels had jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead. Winnex and Avery would add scoring runs in the second quarter, and Chi Chi Phansook tacked on an interception return for a touchdown that gave the Rebels a commanding 34-0 halftime lead.
Avery’s third scoring run of the night came early in the third period from 38 yards out, and Lucas Howell added touchdown runs of one and three yards in the quarter.
West Lincoln’s only pass attempt of the game was a 12-yard completion from Gideon Allen to Avery for 12 yards.
Curtis Goins recorded 8 tackles with three assists and an interception to lead the Rebel defense. West Lincoln picked off four Fred T. Foard passes on Friday night.
With the win, the Rebels complete their non-conference schedule with a perfect 3-0 record, outscoring their opponents 135-21. West Lincoln will have this Friday off before opening Catawba Valley 2A Conference play the following week.
UP NEXT: West Lincoln will open CVAC play on September 16 when they play host to Bandys. Fred T. Foard will host North Iredell on the same date in the WF3A opener.
Knights fall at Northwest Cabarrus
North Lincoln ran the ball 47 times for 207 yards but couldn’t find the end zone in Friday night’s 14-0 non-conference loss at Northwest Cabarrus.
After a scoreless first half, the Trojans took a 7-0 lead in the third period and added another score in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The Knights, who fell to 0-3, were led by senior running back Cody Morse’s 128 yards on eleven carries. North Lincoln finished with 231 total yards in the defensive battle.
Senior quarterback Connor Carson completed two of four pass attempts for 24 yards.
The Knights turned the ball over three times in the game.
UP NEXT: North Lincoln will be open this Friday night before opening Western Foothills 3A Conference play at home against Statesville on September 16. Northwest Cabarrus will play at Mount Pleasant this Friday.
North Lincoln 0 0 0 0 - 0
NW Cabarrus 0 0 7 7 - 14
Passing yards 24
Total yards 231
RUSHING: North Lincoln: Cody Morse 11-128, Connor Carson 17-10, Grant Sturgill 7-21, Manny Mayner 7-38, Liam Sutton 4-10.
PASSING: North Lincoln: Carson 2-4-0, 24.
RECEIVING: North Lincoln: Caiden Ayers 1-21, Liam Sutton 1-3.
RETURN YARDS: North Lincoln: Kickoff returns: Reed King 2-33. Punt Returns: King 2-12; Caiden Ayers 1-14.
Statistics submitted by Kristy Rathbone
Week 3 Football Scoreboard
East Lincoln 27, Lincolnton 0
West Lincoln 54, Fred T. Foard 7
NW Cabarrus 14, North Lincoln 0
Maiden 29, St. Stephens 19
Bunker Hill 27, North Iredell 20
Hickory 35, Newton-Conover 28
East Burke 28, Draughn 27
Hibriten 60, West Caldwell 14
South Point 42, R-S Central 14
McDowell 26, East Rutherford 0
Chase 65, North Gaston 14
Stuart Cramer 27, East Gaston 21
Cherryville 21, Blacksburg, S.C. 20
Forestview 13, Freedom 7
Pine Lake Prep 21, Bessemer City 0
West Meck 14, Ashbrook 0
W-S Carver 42, Highland Tech 0
Crest 54, Shelby 49
Kings Mountain 27, Burns 0
South Iredell 43, West Iredell 6
Lake Norman 35, Statesville 14
AC Reynolds 48, Alexander Central 7
East Surry 42, West Stokes 7
Ashe County 28, West Wilkes 14
(Published September 7, 2022)