SOUTH FORK 2A: Newton-Conover rolls to victory over Red Tornadoes

Published Saturday, September 7th, 2019


Maiden runs win streak against Bunker Hill to 30 games


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Newton-Conover High got in gear in the second half on Friday night and beat Hickory 31-6 in varsity football, winning at Barger Stadium for the fifth time in the last six visits.

The Red Devils (2-0) led 3-0 at halftime and got a 49-yard scoring pass from Justice Craig to Zane Redmond in the opening minutes of the second half to extend the lead.

Running back Allen Wilfong ran for a TD and more than 170 yards and Allan Shade added two rushing TDs for the Red Devils, who have 11 wins in their last 15 games against Hickory (0-3).

Newton-Conover and Hickory battled for the 30th time since 1980, and the Red Devils are 19-11 in those games.

Running back Cody Young had nearly 200 rushing yards in the loss for Hickory, which beat Newton-Conover 35-6 a year ago despite Wilfong’s 147 yards rushing.

Maiden 40, Bunker Hill 13

Quarterback Ethan Rhodes threw for 281 yards and had long scoring passes to Brennan James and Dylan Abernethy as the Blue Devils (2-1) beat the Bears for the 30th straight time.

Coming off a 14-13 home loss to South Caldwell, the Blue Devils were dominant against Bunker Hill (0-3).

Rhodes’ TD passes included 55 and 84 yards to James and 37 and 75 to Abernathy, who finished with 138 receiving yards.

Kaden Robinson had a 76-yard kickoff return for Bunker Hill, which grabbed an early lead on a 1-yard run by quarterback Carson Elder.

Maiden has won 16 straight games at Bunker Hill and is 35-5 against the Bears since 1980.

Bunker Hill hasn’t beaten the Blue Devils since 1989 (24-8 at Maiden) and the Bears haven’t beaten Maiden in Claremont since 1988 (24-12).

— Reported by Maiden football staff

Bandys running back Malik Kennedy (2) ran for 26 yards on Friday night in a 34-24 win at South Caldwell that included a key score on a 12-yard run in the third quarter that opened the lead to 21-8. The Trojans (3-0) ran for 304 yards./MICHELLE THOMPSON PHOTO

Bandys 34, South Caldwell 24

The Trojans (3-0) remained unbeaten, handing the host Spartans their first loss, after two quick scores in the third quarter opened a 20-point lead.

Bandys led 13-8 at the half and scored on a 12-yard run by Malik Kennedy with 8:17 left in the third quarter, with a two-point conversion run by Isaiah Gilchrist stretching the lead to 21-8.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Spartans’ Isaiah Kirby fumbled at the end of a return and Chris Culliver recovered for Bandys at the South Caldwell 34. Five plays later, Quenten Maddox ran 3 yards for a TD and Jessie Pope’s PAT made it 28-8.

The Trojans led 34-14 when quarterback Parker DeHart intentionally ran out the back of the end zone, giving the Spartans a safety.

With 40.9 seconds to play, South Caldwell running back Spencer Piercy (20 carries for 145 yards) scored on a 12-yard run and caught a two-point conversion pass from Avery Raynor.

Bandys had 304 rushing yards and four players – Gilchrist (77), Hunter Jones (57), Culliver (56) and Joshua Williams (51) — with at least 50 rushing yards.

The Trojans’ defense held South Caldwell (2-1) to 165 rushing yards.

Bandys improved to 20-9 in its last 29 games and is 15-2 since Tom Eanes became head coach.

— Reported by Chris Hobbs,

West Lincoln 69, Cherryville 6

Xander Pendergrass ran for 88 yards on six carries and scored twice as the Rebels (2-0) rolled at home by scoring 62 unanswered points.

West Lincoln won for the 11th time in its last 14 games with 379 yards of total offense, 308 of it on 20 rushes.

Pendergrass’ first TD, a 13-yard run, helped the Rebels get in front 14-0 with 5:05 left in the first quarter. When he scored again – on a 2-yard run with 3:51 left in the half — West Lincoln led 41-0.

Grayson Barkley ran for a TD and recovered a block punt in the end zone for another score for the Rebels while Hunter Leonhardt had a 35-yard punt return TD and the game’s final score, with 10 minutes to play, on a 45-yard run.

— Information provided by Matt Chapman, Lincoln Times News

Lincolnton 32, North Gaston 14


Freshman Reed King threw for two TDs and Dejarris Gash dashed 60 yards for a TD on an interception return, leading the Wolves (1-2) to their first victory under head coach Joe Glass.

Glass also picked up his 50th career win.

Bernard Wingate had a 10-yard scoring run for visiting Lincolnton before King threw 14 yards to Isaiah Bostic for a TD.

Amontre Finger’s third quarter TD run and two-point conversion pass to Gash built on the Wolves’ advantage.

King finished with two TD passes.

North Gaston is 1-2.

North Lincoln 51, West Caldwell 7

The Knights scored on their first five possessions and rolled past the Warriors (0-3), who have lost 17 straight games.

North Lincoln (2-1) scored in a wide variety of ways, including via a safety, fumble recovery in the end zone and an interception return for a TD.

North Lincoln led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 51-0 at halftime.

Defensively, North Lincoln had four interceptions and held the Warriors to five first downs – one first down coming via a penalty.

Jake Soorus scored three TDs for the Knights (two rushing, one receiving).

North Lincoln head coach Nick Bazzle improved to 12-5 since returning to Lincoln County and to coaching. He is a former East Lincoln star athlete.

— Reported by W.D. Fisher for

East Lincoln 20, Ashbrook 7

The Mustangs (2-0) won in Gastonia, throwing for two scores and getting a 4-yard TD run by Cole Barber with 11 minutes to play that gave them a cushion.

Lucas McConnell and Mikivi Phinx had TD receptions – 10 and 30 yards, respectively – as East Lincoln used its passing game to beat the Green Wave (0-3) again.

Last season, in a 30-14 victory, the Mustangs threw for two TDs.

The victory pushed head coach David Lubowicz’s record at East Lincoln above .500 at 14-13.

The Mustangs are 39-17 since they won a state title with an undefeated team in 2014.

Union Academy 42, Lake Norman Charter 16

Visiting Union County scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters, leading 28-8 at halftime, en route to a victory over Lake Norman Charter (0-3).

The game was added to Lake Norman Charter’s schedule about two weeks ago, filling an open date.

No game details were available.

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