LINCOLNTON – Running back Allen Wilfong scored twice and ran for more than 100 yards for the fourth straight game on Friday night, leading Newton-Conover High to a 34-7 win at Lincolnton to open conference play.
The Red Devils (3-2, 1-0 South Fork 2A) won over the Wolves on the road for the first time since 2003 when Wilfong had 100 of their 121 rushing yards on 20 carries. He unofficially has 664 yards on 88 carries this season after also clearing 100 yards against Hickory, East Burke and Hibriten.
Quarterback Justice Craig contributed 158 yards passing for Newton-Conover, completing nine of 12 throws, and six of those catches were made by Kyjuan McClain (131 yards).
Lincolnton (1-4, 0-1) had an early 7-6 lead before the Red Devils scored twice in the second quarter to lead 20-7 at the half.
The Red Devils’ defense limited the Wolves to 105 rushing yards and nine passing, with Jamal Littlejohn gaining 99 yards on 22 carries to spark Lincolnton.
McClain scored twice for Newton-Conover.
Kylen Bradshaw led the Red Devils’ defense with nine tackles while Qualen Noell and Chris Clark each added eight tackles.
The victory trimmed the Wolves’ edge in the series since 1980 to 10-9 and snapped a streak of Lincolnton beating the Red Devils in Lincolnton at four games.
Newton-Conover has defeated Lincolnton in back-to-back seasons after having lost seven straight to the Wolves in the series before a 35-14 win at Gurley Stadium in 2017.
The Red Devils will be at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a South Fork 2A game against Bandys. Newton-Conover has won three straight over the Trojans and six of the last 10 matchups.
Lincolnton has an in-county conference battle on Friday at 7:30 p.m., playing East Lincoln at Lincolnton.