CVAC 2A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: West Lincoln Rebels

Published Monday, September 5th, 2022

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

SCHEDULE
(all games at 7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 19 – N. Lincoln, W 33-14
Aug. 26 – Cherryville, W, 48-0
Sept 2 —Fred T. Foard, W 54-7
Sept. 16 – BANDYS
Sept. 23 – at MAIDEN
Sept. 30 – BUNKER HILL
Oct. 7 – NEWTON-CONOVER (HC0
Oct. 14 – at W. CALDWELL
Oct. 21 – E. BURKE
Oct. 28 – at LINCOLNTON

WEST LINCOLN REBELS

 

PONDER

Conference: Catawba Valley 2A Athletic

Head coach: Darren Ponder (24-10-0, 3 years)

Assistant coaches: David Avery, OC; John Henderson, QB; Chuck Mallory, OL; Harry Huddleston, SE; Jesse Hatcher, SE; Austin May, OL; Wayne Navey, ILB; Brad Newton, DB; Jon Markley, OLB; Jared Swafford, ILB; Sam McInnes, DL

Last season’s records: 9-3 overall; 5-2 Catawba Valley 2A Athletic, third place

SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY

Last season in state playoffs: 2021, 2A

Last state playoff victory: 2021, d., Surry Central 41-7, first round

All-time state playoff bids (since 1972): 12

Conference titles (or shares of) since 1980, last: None

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 12

Returning lettermen: 12

Senior Mason Avery (20) led the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic in rushing a season ago, ending his junior year unofficially with303 carries for 1,823 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is leading the Rebels in rushing this season through three games and they  are 3-0, idle on Friday and at home Sept. 16 against Bandys to open conference play./FILE PHOTO HOBBSDAIILYREPORT.COM

OFFENSE

Set: Wing-T

Returning starters: 7

Leading returning rushers: Mason Avery, 6-1, 190, Sr. (303-1,823, 18 TDs)

Leading returning passer: Jordan Truesdale, 6-0, 160, Sr. (30-75-4, 411, 6 TDs)

Leading returning receivers: Avery (13-145, 2 TDs)

Other key returnees: Curtis Goins, 6-1, 220, Sr., G; Caleb Sain, 6-0, 290, Jr., T; J.J. Ponder, 6-0, 230, Sr., T; Nate Rye, 6-1, 175, Sr., WR; Camden Sain 5-11, 240, Jr. G

Top newcomers: Patrick Goins, 6-0, 180, Sr., RB; Blaze Dedmon, 5-10, 165, Sr., TE; Jaylin Winnex, 5-8, 150, Soph., RB; Zander Harrelson, 6-2, 220, Jr., C; Dayne Harrelson, 5-11, 230, Jr., T; Ben Sain, 6-2, 180, Jr., TE

DEFENSE

Set: 3-4

Returning starters: 5

Players to watch: Avery, 6-1, 190, Sr., OLB; C. Goins, 6-1, 220, Sr., ILB; Caleb Sain, 6-0, 290, Jr., NG; Rye, 6-1, 175, Sr., CB; Nathan Kester, 5-9, 185, Sr., ILB

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