NEWTON – Allen Wilfong ran for more than 170 yards and four touchdowns on Friday night, helping Newton-Conover High rebound sharply from its first loss of the football season and crunch East Burke 41-14.
Playing their second game of the season at Gurley Stadium, the Red Devils (2-1) spurted to a 20-point lead by halftime.
Wilfong – a 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior who unofficially rushed 24 times for 176 yards last season and became Newton-Conover’s leading returning rusher when Shamar Baker transferred to Mallard Creek – scored twice in the opening half.
He added two third-quarter scoring runs as the Red Devils built their lead over the Cavs (1-3) to 41-0 by the end of that quarter.
Justice Craig, returning to starting for Newton-Conover at quarterback threw for more than 180 yards and a TD. He went 10-for-10 for 178 yards when the Red Devils opened the season by winning 56-0 at Bunker Hill.
Kyjuan McClain, who sat out last week’s 35-6 home loss to Hickory with an injury, returned and had eight catches for more than 150 yards and returned a punt 60 yards for a score for Newton-Conover.
Newton-Conover had more than 400 yards of offense and held the Cavs to less than 170 to beat them for the third straight time and sixth time in seven games.
The Red Devils are idle next Friday and open South Fork 2A play on Sept. 20 at Lincolnton.
The Cavs go to unbeaten West Lincoln next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. non-league game, they’re open on Sept 21 and open Northwestern Foothills 2A play on Sept. 28 at West Iredell.
Newton-Conover’s win evened its record against East Burke to 13-13 in the 26 games they have played since 1981 … East Burke is 7-6 at Gurley Stadium since the 1982 season … Wilfong’s role has expanded dramatically – he did not have a carry against East Burke last season, when the Red Devils won 44-6 in Icard, and after four games a year ago he had two carries for minus 6 yards …Wilfong did not score his first offensive TD in 2017 until Game No. 7, a 51-yard run against West Lincoln.