CVAC 2A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: West Lincoln Rebels

Published Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

WEST LINCOLN REBELS

 

(all at 7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 20 – N. Lincoln
Aug. 27 – at Cherryville
Sept. 3 – Fred T. Foard
Sept. 17—at BANDYS
Sept. 24—MAIDEN
Oct. 1—at BUNKER HILL
Oct. 8 – at NEWTON-CONOVER
Oct. 15—W. CALDWELL
Oct. 22—at E. BURKE
Oct. 29—LINCOLNTON

Conference: Catawba Valley 2A Athletic

Head coach: Darren Ponder (15-7-0, 2 years; same at W. Lincoln)

PONDER

Last season’s records: 5-3 overall; 4-2 South Fork 2A tied E. Lincoln for second place

Last season’s results: at N. LINCOLN, L 6-10; at MAIDEN, L 20-21; NEWTON-CONOVER, W 27-19; at LINCOLNTON, W 21-0; BANDYS, W 27-7; E. LINCOLN, W 27-21 OT; at Cherokee, W 35-7. Playoffs: at Mount Pleasant, L 20-21

SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY

Last season in state playoffs: 2020 spring, 2A

Last state playoff victory: 2019, d. South Point 29-21, second round

All-time state playoff bids (since 1972): 11

Conference titles (or shares of) since 1980, last: None

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 8

Returning lettermen: 18

OFFENSE

Set: Wing-T

Returning starters: 5

Leading returning rusher: Mason Avery, 6-0, 160, Jr. (49-279, 4 TDs)

Leading returning passer: None

Leading returning receiver: Avery (11-215, 1 TD)

Other key returnees: Curtis Goins, 5-11, 220, Jr., OL; Zach Prorock, 5-11, 230, Sr., OL Lathon Sain, 6-3, 210, Sr., TE; Jersey Singletary, 6-0, 220, Sr., OL; Zach Daigler, 5-11, 175, Sr., WR; Trent Goins, 6-1, 175, Sr., QB; Trace Gilmore, 5-9, 170, Sr., RB

Top newcomers: Nathan Rye, 5-11, 175, Jr., RB; Jordan Truesdalke 6-1, 160, Jr., QB; Caleb Sain, 6-0, 250, Soph., OL; J.J. Ponder, 6-0, 220, Jr., OL; Nathan Kesler, 5-10, 175, Jr., RB

DEFENSE

Set: 3-4

Returning starters: 5

Players to watch: Mason Avery, 6-0, 160, Jr., OLB; Curtis Goins, 5-11, 220, Jr., DL; Zach Prorock, 5-11, 230, DE-NG; Lathon Sain, 6-3, 210, Sr., DE; Jersey Singletary, 6-0, 220, Sr., DL; Zander Hedrick, 5-10, 170, Sr., LB; Zach Daigler, 5-11, 175, Sr., OLB; Nathan Rye, 5-11, 175, Jr., LB

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