WESTERN FOOTHILLS 3A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: North Lincoln Knights

Published Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

NORTH LINCOLN KNIGHTS

 

(all games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Aug. 20 – at W. Lincoln
Aug. 27 – at Lincolnton
Sept. 3 – NW Cabarrus, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17—at STATESVILLE
Sept. 24—HICKORY
Oct. 1—at N. IREDELL
Oct. 8 – ST. STEPHENS
Oct. 15—at FRED T. FOARD
Oct. 22—W. IREDELL
Oct. 29—E. LINCOLN

Conference: Western Foothills 3A

BAZZLE

Head coach: Nick Bazzle (155-94-0, 20 years; 26-9 at N. Lincoln 3 years)

Assistant coaches: Charlie Goss, B-backs; Alex Pederson, A-backs; Gill Martin, OL; Dan Brown, WRs; Paul Regan, DC; Mark Ludwig, DL; Mike Sullivan, OLBs; Bryan Wilbur, ILBs

Last season’s records: 4-3 overall; 3-3 South Fork 2A, fourth place

Last season’s results: W. LINCOLN, W 10-6; at E. LINCOLN, L 30-40; at MAIDEN, L 21-40; NEWTON-CONOVER, L 16-27; at LINCOLNTON, W 42-12; BANDYS, W 40-19

SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY

Last season in state playoffs: 2019, 2AA

Last state playoff victory: 2019, d. Canton Pisgah 42-10, second round

All-time state playoff bids (since 1972): 8

Conference titles (or shares of) since 1980, last: 6, 2019 South Fork 2A

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 7

Returning lettermen: 10

OFFENSE

Set: Spread triple

Returning starters: 7

Leading returning rusher: Brennen Rogers, 5-11, 180, Jr.; (61-338, 1 TD); Kyle Kovalchuk, 5-10, 180, Sr. (72-223, 4 TDs)

Leading returning passer: Kovalchuk (15-39-0, 4 TDs)

Leading returning receiver: Timmy Schafer, 5-11, 155, Sr. (2-5, no TDs)

Other key returnees: Nick Tabor, 5-11, 225, Sr., OL; Vince Myers, 6-0, 255, Sr., OL

Top newcomers: Bryson Esser, 6-6, 215, Jr., OL; Reed King, 6-0, 165, Jr., A-back

DEFENSE

Set: 50

Returning starters: 2

Players to watch: Sammy Wilkins, 5-10, 180, Sr., ILB; Kaleb Peter, 5-11, 165, Sr., DB; Malachi Williams, 6-0, 290, Sr., DL

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