A stingy defense and a ball-control offense propelled West Lincoln to a 21-0 win over the county-rival Wolves at Memorial Stadium in Lincolnton on Saturday afternoon.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Rebels got on the board with a Hunter Leonhardt 15-yard run early in the second period to take a 6-0 lead.
Neither team threatened again until late in the half when the Wolves reached the West Lincoln two-yard line, but time expired, leaving Lincolnton without an opportunity to tie or take the lead into the break.
The second half was more of the ground game for the Rebels, and more ball control.
Mason Avery’s one-yard scoring run late in the third quarter, coupled with his two-point conversion run, extended the West Lincoln lead to 14-0.
A Mason Huitt one-yard touchdown run, along with RoRo Serafin’s extra point kick with 9:02 to play in the game would be all the Rebels would need to pick up their second straight victory after an 0-2 start to the season.
West Lincoln ran the ball 49 times on Saturday, for 294 yards and three scores. Senior Grayson Barkley led the way with 138 yards on 18 carries. Avery finished with 14 carries for 85 yards, and Leonhardt 44 yards on ten carries.
The Rebel defense held the Wolves to 179 total yards, led by Curtis Goins 8 tackles and one sack of Lincolnton quarterback Connor Williams. Avery added six tackles for West Lincoln, including one for a loss.
Isaiah Bostic had seven catches for 68 yards to lead the Lincolnton offense. Jacob Leonhardt (9 tackles) and Amontre Finger (8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) led the defense.
The win was the Rebels third straight against the Wolves, something they had not done since 1984 through 1986.
UP NEXT: West Lincoln will play host to Bandys on Friday, while the Wolves have the week off. (Published March 22, 2021)