The Rebels jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first 8 minutes and 34 seconds of Friday night’s season opener in Vale, and went on to defeat the Knights 33-14 in front of a big crowd at Douglas C. Leonhardt Stadium.
Mason Avery raced 67 yards on the third play of the game to open the scoring for West Lincoln. Joel Sellers added the point after for a quick 7-0 lead at the 10:54 mark of the opening quarter.
After forcing a North Lincoln punt, the Rebels went on a 13-play, 70 yard drive capped by a five-yard scoring run by Avery to extend the lead to 13-0.
The backbreaker for the Knights, however, came on their next possession.
On the very first play of the drive, Avery scooped up a North Lincoln fumble at the Knights 26-yardline and took it to the house for his third score of the opening quarter. Sellers extra point gave the Rebels a commanding 20-0 advantage.
Reid King’s 6-yard touchdown run late in the opening quarter got the Knights on the scoreboard. Liam Sutton added the point after to make it 20-7.
But West Lincoln answered with a 99-yard scoring drive to close the first half. Avery added his fourth TD of the night with a one-yard scoring run with just 15 seconds left and the Rebels went to the locker room up 26-7.
King would score his second touchdown of the contest from six yards out with 3:51 to play, and Avery posted touchdown number five on a 47 yard jaunt at the 2:38 mark.
West Lincoln piled up 412 yards on the ground on 46 carries. Avery wound up with 217 of those yards with four rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Jaylin Winnex added 168 yards on 17 carries for the Rebels.
Senior running back Cody Morse led the North Lincoln offense with 88 yards on sixteen carries, while catching four passes for another 30 yards. King had just two carries for the Knights, both going for scores.
North Lincoln senior quarterback Connor Carson completed 7 of twenty pass attempts for 50 yards.
UP NEXT: North Lincoln will face a second-straight county rival when they travel to Lincolnton. West Lincoln will host Fred T. Foard.
Mustangs roll over Hibriten
Tyler Mizzell tossed four touchdown passes and the East Lincoln defense held the Panthers to just six points in a dominating 36-8 season-opening win Friday night at David Clark Stadium in Denver.
Senior receiver Markell Clark hauled in scoring passes of 16, 11 and 16 yards for the Mustangs, and sophomore Jackson Beam had an 11-yard touchdown catch.
East Lincoln sophomore running back Chris Daley ran for a touchdown from one yard out in the Mustangs balanced offensive attack. East ran for 165 yards as a team on 29 carries, while gaining 196 yards through the air.
Virgil Bingham had seven carries for 69 yards and Daley went for 62 yards and a score on ten carries.
West Virginia commit Ben Cutter led the Mustang defense with 10 tackles. Hampton Good recorded 9 defensive tackles, while Diego Neira added 8, Aiden Terrell 7 and Parker Davis 6.
UP NEXT: East Lincoln (1-0) will host Forestview (0-1) this Friday. Hibriten (0-1) will travel to Hunter Huss (0-1).
Wolves fall to South Point
The South Point Red Raiders used a ball control offense and a stingy defense to hold off the Wolves on Friday in a 28-13 contest to open the regular season at Memorial Stadium in Lincolnton.
The Wolves took the early lead when Andrew Phelps picked off Elijah Phifer’s pass deep in Red Raider territory, setting up a one-yard scoring run by quarterback Andre Bost.
South Point then tied the game at seven all on their next possession, and took a 14-7 lead right before halftime on a 90-yard drive that followed an interception.
The Red Raiders would add a couple second half touchdowns to go up 28-7, before the Wolves got a 22-yard scoring run from Khamoni Heath at the 4:29 mark.
Medlock led the South Point offense with 132 yards on the ground on 21 carries. The Red Raiders ran 18 more plays from scrimmage than the Wolves (65-47).
Heath carried the ball eight times for Lincolnton for 56 yards and a score. Bost completed 10 of his 18 pass attempts for 110 yards and a pair of interceptions.
UP NEXT: Lincolnton will play host to county rival North Lincoln on Friday. South Point will face county rival East Gaston in the Red Raiders home opener.
Week 1 Scoreboard
West Lincoln 33, North Lincoln 14
East Lincoln 36, Hibriten 8
South Point 28, Lincolnton 13
Cherryville 14, Avery County 0
Maiden 50, Fred T. Foard 7
Bunker Hill 47, Stuart Cramer 35
Polk County 42, Newton-Conover 28
St. Stephens 26, Bandys 13
East Burke 28, Patton 0
South Caldwell 28, West Caldwell 7
Statesville 30, Carson 0
Alexander Central 33, Hickory 15
East Gaston 28, North Gaston 8
Ashbrook 46, Concord 12
Hickory Ridge 40, Hunter Huss 0
Community School of Davidson 52, Bessemer City 6
Kings Mountain 28, Shelby 26
Crest 40, Freedom 22
Burns 42, Forestview 0
Chase 42, Mountain Heritage 0
McDowell 39, R-S Central 36
West Henderson 55, East Rutherford 0
Draughn 40, Thomas Jefferson 0
Watauga 42, T.C. Roberson 13
Ashe County 49, Wilkes Central 36
A.C. Reynolds 29, West Forsyth 0
Smoky Mountain 37, Cherokee 0
Asheville 26, Robbinsville 14
Brevard 21, Pisgah 14
(Published August 24, 2022)