Editor’s note: A complete game summary and photos from the Bandys at Maiden game, won 30-23 by the Blue Devils, is posted separately.
SOUTH FORK 2A ROUNDUP
North Lincoln hands
West Lincoln first loss
East Lincoln High remained unbeaten (5-0, 1-0) by opening South Fork 2A play at home and rolling past Lake Norman Charter 48-6.
The Mustangs scored 27 points in the opening quarter and they were ahead 33-0 after Lucas McConnell broke a run for a 60-yard touchdown.
East Lincoln led 48-0 heading into the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock by North Carolina High School Athletic Association rules (clock runs after a team is ahead by 42 points).
Lake Norman Charter fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The victory came in the 30th game for David Lubowicz as head coach of the Mustangs, and they won for the 17th time under his direction.
No other game details were available.
Newton-Conover 34, Lincolnton 12
The Red Devils (3-2, 1-0) beat the Wolves for the third straight season, this time at Gurley Stadium behind quarterback Justice Craig and running back Allen Wilfong.
Newton-Conover scored three times on plays of 40 or more yards to beat Lincolnton for the second time in seven games played there since 1983.
Craig threw for nearly 190 yards and Wilfong had more than 90 rushing yards.
The Red Devils opened the scoring on a 48-yard pass from Craig to Brandon Johnson and then increased the lead via an 18-yard TD pass from Craig to Zane Redmond.
Wilfong scored on a 6-yard run to extend the lead.
Redmond returned the second half kickoff for a TD, going 74 yards.
Lincolnton (2-3, 0-1) scored in the third quarter on a 9-yard run by Amontre Finger.
Craig’s third passing TD came next for Newton-Conover, a 50-yarder to Johnson.
Lincolnton’s Tiaje Ross had the other Wolves score on an 8-yard run.
North Lincoln 24, West Lincoln 14
The Knights (4-1, 1-0) outgained the Rebels (4-1, 0-1) by more than 70 yards to win their conference opener on the road.
Ty Williams ran 13 times for 118 yards and one TD and Sam Brady had scoring runs of 16 and 33 yards for North Lincoln.
Cannon Bridges led the Rebels, rushing 18 times for 95 yards and scoring on runs of 2 and 33 yards.
West Lincoln led 14-10 at the half but was shutout in the second half.
Brady’s 33-yard TD run with 7:54 left in the third quarter got the Knights in front and they added a 25-yard TD run by Williams with 2:16 left in the quarter.
Williams came into the game with (unofficially) 118 yards rushing on 31 carries and did not have any carries in the previous two games against Bessemer City and West Caldwell.
Bridges unofficially has 684 yards rushing this season with 12 TDs.