SOUTH FORK 2A ROUNDUP
Red Devils make late defensive stop to slip past West Lincoln
North Lincoln High scored on the game’s first play from scrimmage and never let up on Friday night, rolling past previously undefeated East Lincoln 52-7 in a South Fork 2A football game.
The Knights (6-1, 3-0) share the conference led with Newton-Conover (5-2, 3-0).
Sam Brady scored on an 80-yard run after the opening kickoff to get the Knights out front early.
After three plays, East Lincoln punted and North Lincoln netted a 32-yard field goal by Ian Foire for a 10-0 lead.
After forcing a fumble and recovering inside the East Lincoln 20, the Knights scored again on a 1-yard run by Ty Williams, who added a two-point conversion run.
Brady blocked a punt to set up the next North Lincoln score, a pass from Landon Beard to Jake Soorus, and Fiore’s PAT made it 25-0.
Williams later scored his second rushing TD to put North Lincoln up 52-7.
The Knights have reached six wins in a season for the fifth time in school history and this is their 17th season of varsity football.
The victory gave North Lincoln head coach Nick Bazzle his 145th career win with 16 of them with the Knights.
Newton-Conover 37, West Lincoln 34
The Red Devils (5-2, 3-0) gutted out a home win over the Rebels to move into a tie for first place with North Lincoln.
West Lincoln (5-2, 1-2) was driving and down by three points in the final minutes and Newton-Conover’s Xavier Avery sacked Mason Huitt on fourth and 11 to get the Red Devils the ball.
Newton-Conover took a knee to run out the clock and win a game in which it trailed at one point by two scores.
The Rebels led 26-21 at halftime.
Newton-Conover gained its first lead at 28-26 on the first drive of the second half when Allan Shade scored on a 2-yard run.
A 6-yard TD run by Allen Wilfong extended the Red Devils’ lead to 34-26.
A 33-yard field goal by Addison Hayes with a bit more than 4 ½ minutes to play gave Newton-Conover a 37-26 lead.
Huitt’s 1-yard run about a 1 ½ minutes later got West Lincoln closer, and the Rebels converted an onside kick and drove into the red zone before the Red Devils’ defense stopped them.
Canon Bridges had TD runs of 6, 12 and 54 yards for the Rebels, who fell to 1-12 at Gurley Stadium since 1982 and 4-24 against Newton-Conover since 1981.
Maiden 56, Lake Norman Charter 0
The Blue Devils (5-2, 2-1) dominated the Knights (1-6, 0-3) on homecoming night at Maiden behind quarterback Ethan Rhodes, wide receiver Dylan Abernethy, running back Amarion Craig and the defensive unit.
Maiden held the Knights to 2 yards rushing on 23 carries and to 89 yards of total offense.
Rhodes went 8-of-12 for 273 yards and threw six TD passes, including a 93-yarder to Abernethy in the fourth quarter.
Abernathy had four catches for 138 yards and three scores and Craig ran 12 times for 157 yards and a TD.
Maiden is 3-0 all-time against Lake Norman Charter, outscoring the Knights 159-28.
The Blue Devils share third place in the league with East Lincoln.
Bandys 35, Lincolnton 0
The Trojans (4-3, 1-2) snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road, holding the Wolves to 71 rushing yards.
Bandys led 7-0 at the half, 13-0 after three quarters and scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to win at Lincolnton for only the second time in six games played there since 1980.
Lincolnton quarterback E.J. Manjarres, back in the lineup after missing time with an injury, threw for 104 yards.
Running back Isaiah Gilchrist led Bandys’ offense.
No other game details were available.