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West Lincoln players celebrate Friday night after a Luke Willis interception sealed the Rebels first win of the season in Vale.

Quarterback Mason Huitt hooked up with wide receiver Samuel Duncan for three scores Friday night and the Rebels overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Newton-Conover 27-19 in Vale.

After the Red Devils scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns on one-yard runs by Allen Shade to go up 13-0, West Lincoln got on the board with the first Huitt to Duncan scoring pass of the night to trim the score to 13-6 heading into the halftime break.

The duo hooked up again early in the third period, then added the two-point conversion run by Mason Avery, and the Rebels had their first lead at 14-13.

Newton-Conover would then retake the lead later in the period on Shade’s third rushing touchdown of the game, this time from two yards out. The two-point attempt was no good, and the Red Devils lead was 19-14.

But West Lincoln took the lead for good when Huitt ran for a score from 24 yards out to take a 20-19 advantage late in the third.

The Rebels gave themselves some breathing room when Huitt found Duncan from 24 yards out, their third connection for a touchdown to extend the lead. A Rodrigo Serafin extra point kick gave West Lincoln the final eight-point margin.

After Luke Willis intercepted a Newton-Conover pass on the Red Devils final drive, the Rebels were able to run out the clock.

Huitt, a senior, finished the game completing 9 of his ten pass attempts for 150 yards and the three scores. Duncan hauled in 5 receptions for 92 yards, including the three touchdowns.

West Lincoln, now 1-2 in the South Fork 2A, will travel to Lincolnton this week. Newton-Conover, 1-2, will play host to East Lincoln.  (Published March 15, 2021)

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