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)