LHS Deandre Smith

Lincolnton junior Deandre Smith.

Lincolnton junior all-purpose back Deandre Smith scored four touchdowns, helping lead the Wolves to a 27-13 come-from-behind victory over the Newton-Conover Red Devils on Thursday night at Battleground Memorial Stadium.

Newton-Conover built a 13-0 lead with a Javin Cauthen one-yard fumble return midway through the second quarter, and an Allan Shade 2-yard touchdown run followed by a Dax Shannon PAT with 9:35 to play in the third quarter.

It wasn’t until the 1:52 mark of the third period that Smith got the Wolves on the board with a one-handed grab of a pass from quarterback Connor Williams from 43 yards out that trimmed the lead to 13-6.

Williams and Smith hooked up for a second time, this one from 16 yards out with 3:12 left to play in the game. Williams then completed the two-point conversion pass to Isaiah Bostic to give Lincolnton their first lead of the night at 14-13.

After the Red Devils turned the ball over on an interception, Smith scored from 19 yards out on a running play. Diego Ramirez’s extra-point made it a 21-13 game with just 1:53 to go.

A second Newton-Conover interception on the Red Devils ensuing possession led to another Smith scoring run, this time from 43 yards out to seal the win for Lincolnton.

Smith finished the game with seven catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and added 82 yards on the ground on five carries and a pair of scores.

Williams was 14 of 28 passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns. The senior signal caller also ran for 49 yards on nine carries.

Shade, a senior running back for Newton-Conover, led the Red Devils offense with 237 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.

The Wolves will host county rival East Lincoln this Friday, while Newton-Conover will have their home opener against Bandys.

(Published March 1, 2021)

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