Mustangs’ homecoming is Friday in key battle with North Lincoln
LINCOLNTON – Quarterback Chase Jones threw for three scores and East Lincoln High’s defense came up big as the visiting Mustangs won their fourth straight game on Friday night, edging Lincolnton 27-6.
The victory featured East Lincoln (4-2, 2-0 South Fork 2A) holding the Wolves to 98 yards and handing Lincolnton (1-5, 0-2) its second straight loss.
Lincolnton had an early 6-0 lead on James Woods’ 3-yard TD run but the Mustangs took the lead for good about four minutes later when Jones threw 3 yards to Sidney Dollar and Ryan Shanklin kicked the extra point.
Jones threw a 7-yard TD pass to Tavin Johnson in the final 30 seconds of the first quarter and hit Johnson again, from 15 yards, about three minutes in the second quarter for a score.
When Shanklin converted a 20-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the first half, the Mustangs were up 24-6.
The only score of the second half was another field goal by Shanklin, a 27-yarder with 7:19 left in the third quarter. Shanklin had not hit a field goal through the first four games this season.
Jones completed 13-of-21 passes for 168 yards and threw to Dollar four times for 75 yards.
Unofficially, Jones had thrown for 880 yards this season with five straight 100-yard games after throwing for just 79 in the opening game of the year against Forestview. He has 13 TD throws, seven in the last two games and 11 in the four straight victories by the Mustangs.
Cole Barber led the Wolves with 84 yards rushing on 17 carries but Lincolnton finished with 98 yards of offense (20 passing, 78 rushing on 35 carries).
The Mustangs’ defense held Jamal Littlejohn, who had 70 carries for 462 yards coming in, to three yards on three carries.
East Lincoln shares first place with Bandys and North Lincoln and is at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a homecoming game against North Lincoln.
Lincolnton, whose only win is against East Gaston, travels to Bandys on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the Trojans’ homecoming game.