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10/28/2022 6:00:00 PM
High School Football Oct. 28th

Wayne Howard

West Lincoln 49,  Lincolnton 48 (double overtime)
     Lincolnton took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown as Andre Bost hit Anthony Odum for a TD with 9:39 left in the first period.  The EP kick was good and LHS led 7-0. West drove to the LHS 4-yd line, but turned it over on downs.  With under a minute left in the first period, Mason Avery ran 39 yards for a touchdown, but a two-point EP try failed and it was 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.  

In the second period, Lincolnton was driving, but Khamoni Heath's pass was intercepted by the Rebels' Gideon Allen. Jordan Truesdale threw a 13-yd TD pass to Nathan Rye and  made it 12-7.  Avery was stopped on the two-point EP try and the score remained West 12, Lincolnton 7 at halftime.

In the third period, Peyton Rangel forced a West fumble and Treylen Bost returned it 33 yards for a TD and the EP kick made it LHS 14, West Lincoln 12.  On the ensuing kickoff, Lucas Howell returned the kick 90 yards for a Rebels TD and the EP kick by Joel Sellers made it West 19, LHS 14. Lincolnton scored on its next possession on a Khamoni Heath run but the two-point EP try was no good and it was Lincolnton 20, West 19. Avery then ran 44 yards for a TD to make it 25-20; Avery was also successful on the two-point EP try to make it West 27, LHS 20.  When Lincolnton couldn't move the ball, West drove again with Avery running for 12 yards on each of three consecutive runs to surpass 200 yards rushing fot the night.  He didn't need five on the next play; he ran the remaining five yards for another TD and Sellers kick gave West a 34-20 lead.  

Andre Bost ran 9 yds for a score with 9:38 left in the game and the EP kick was missed cutting the lead to 34-26.  Khamoni Heath then scored again with 1:44 left and a two-point conversion on a pass to Anthony Odum tied the score at 34-all.  West drove to the LHS 32 with 17 seconds left to play.  Avery, who had been called on to run six out of the previous seven plays, then ran to the 20 with 15 seconds left.  Truesdale made it to the 16 and the Rebels called their final timeout.  Joel Sellers was then called on for a 32-yard field goal try.  Lincolnton called a timeout.  Then Sellers kick missed to the left.  Lincolnton got the ball back at their 20 on the missed field goal try with six seconds left on the clock.  Bost completed a pass to Antonio Wilson, but then time ran out and the game went to overtime.  

West got the first opportunty in OT and Avery scored on second down.  Sellers made his EP kick, but LHS was off-side so the Rebels decided to go for two.  Avery made it and West led 42-34, meaning Lincolnton need both a touchdown and two extra points to tie it.  Bost gained three yards on first down, but then lost three.  On third down, Bost threw a pass and a penalty on West moved the ballto the five.  Khamoni Heath then ran for the needed TD...and it all came down to the two-point EP try.  Heath then caught a pass as he fell to the ground and the score was tied again at 42-all.  

Then it was Lincolnton's turn to go first.  The Wolves made only a yard on first down.  On second down, West got called for off-side again.  That put the ball just inside the five.  Bost ran to the one where Curtis Goins stopped him short, but a holding penalty against Lincolnton moved the ball back to the 16.  Bost ran again and got to the one again; from there, he ran it in on the next play.  On the extra point try, Heath took a pitch but this time was stopped short and LHS led 48-42.  West needed a touchdown and an extra point for a victory.  

On West Lincoln's first down, Avery ran to the six-yard line.  On second down, he took a pitch out and scored.  Sellers had another chance to win the game.  This time, unlike the Bunker Hill overtime loss where he missed, he hit he EP kick and West won in double overtime 49-48.  Wow!  What a game!

Avery carried the ball 34 times for the Rebels, gaining 283 yards and scoring five touchdowns. That gave hime 2,367 yards rushing for the season, a new Lincoln County single season record. His 35 TDs this year is also a new Lincoln County single season record. Jaylin Winnex carried the ball nine times for 39 yards. Truesdale had six yards on two carries and Lucas Howell had 14 on two carries, but he also scored on that 90-yard kickoff return.

Nathan Rye caught one of Truesdale's three completed passes (out of six attempts) but that 13-yarder was for a TD. Avery caught one pass for 16 yardsand Lucas Howell caught one for 11.

On defense, Avery had 11 tackles, two of them for loss, an assist and a sack; Winnex had 8 tackles and two assists; Curtis Goins had 7 tackles, one for loss, and three assists, forced and recovered a fumble. Nathan Rye had four tackles including one for loss; JJ Phansook had two tackles; Ben Sain had two and an assist; Allen had that interception; Patrick Goins had two tackles; Zander Harrelson had two including one for loss; Camden Sain had two tackles, both for losses, andtwo assists; Shawn Blackburn had one tackle and JJ Ponder had one assist.

For Lincolnton, Khamoni Heath scored three TDs including one in OT and ran for two extra points. Andre Bost ran for two TDs and passed for one.

Special thanks to West Lincoln Coach Darren Ponder, who once again as he has all season, supplied us with details on his team's performance. We would love to have the same from all coaches. His report to us (and other media outlets) was sent at 1:57 AM Saturday--now that's dedication!

East Lincoln 28, North Lincoln 7
     North Lincoln took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown; the EP kick by Liam Sutton was good and the Knights led 7-0. East didn't score on their first possession, but recovered a fumble by the Knights on their next.  East Lincoln's Tyler Mizell threw a pass that would have been a TD was caught but the receiver was out of bounds in the end zone.  North got the ball back but lost another fumble at the NL 20-yd line.   

Early in the second period, Mizell scored on a quarterback draw and Helmut Rojas kicked the EP to tie the score at 7-all. Then Mizell ran for another TD and Rojas kicked the EP to make it 14-7.  With time running out in the first half, Christopher Daley II ran for what would have been a TD but it was called back on a holding penalty.  On 4th & 6 at the Knights' 16-yd line with 1:14 left until halftime, Mizell fumbled and lost yardage.  After that, neither team scored and it was East 14, North 7 at the half.

A 72-yd TD run and another Rojas kick put East ahead in the third period 21-7.  Daley took a swing pass and ran to the Knights' 16; two plays later Mizell ran 10 yards for another East TD; and Rojas' kick made it 28-7 with two minutes left in the third period.  Nobody scored in the fourth, and East won their 10th without a loss 28-7.

Maiden 47, Newton-Conover 13
      Newton-Conover kicked off to Maiden. Ben Gibbs ran for a TD and Davis Higgins' EP kick made it Blue Devils 7, Red Devils 0. When Maiden got the ball again, Wesley Thompson passed to Chris Culliver for a TD and Carson Foard kicked the EP to make it 14-0.  Another Culliver reception of a Thompson pass made it 20-0.  Thompson then passed to Raheim Misher for a TD and Foard's kick made it 27-0.  Maiden drove to the Newton-Conover 3-yd line but the Red Devils intercepted a pass with one second left in the first half and it was 27-0 at halftime.  

In the third period, Thompson passed to Misher for antoher score and the Blue Devils led 33-0.  A Culliver to Alec Hall pass and another Foard kick made it 40-0.  Gibbs ran for another TD and the kick made it 47-0, but Rakim Moore ran the kickoff after that score back for a NC touchdown and it was 47-7. With less than a minute left in the game, the Red Devils scored and the final was Maiden 47, Newton-Conover 13.

Bessemer City 28, Cherryville 10
         Both teams were scoreless in the first period.  Cherryville led 10-6 at the half, but the Yellow Jackets came back to win 28-10.

Burns 27, Shelby 14
       Shelby kicked off to Burns.  The Bulldogs scored on a 4-yd run by Ryan Thompson.  Ansley Camacho's EP kick gave Burns a 7-0 lead. Midway through the second period, Jeremiah Norris ran for a TD and the Bulldogs led 13-0.  With two minutes left until halftime, Daylin Lee ran for a Golden Lions score and the EP kick made it Burns 13, Shelby 7. With less than a minute left in the first half, Ben Mauney passed to Nicholas Vinson for a 30-yd touchdown pass and then passed to Vinson for two extra points and it was Burns 21, Shelby 7 at halftime.

Burns kicked off to Shelby to start the second half, but the Golden Lions went three and out.  A long pass by Mauney to Graham Warlick put the Bulldogs in Shelby territory.  Burns drove inside the Shelby 20 as the third quarter ended, but they turned it over on downs and the third quarter ended with the score Burns 21, Shelby 7.

Shelby again failed to gain a first down and Burns got the ball back at their own 45 with 8 minutes left in the game. With five minutes left, Cahari Haynes ran 30 yards and the Bulldogs led 27-7. Shelby scored with one minute left in the game and the final was Burns 27, Shelby 14.

Kings Mtn. 35, Crest 20
       Crest kicked off to KM; the Mountaineers drove for a score as Caleb Holland scored on a three-yd run; Jaden Ellis' kick made it 7-0.  When they got the ball again, Aj Richardson ran for a TD and Ellis again kicked the EP for a 14-0 lead by the the Mounties.  On KM's third possession, they scored again as Holland ran for another TD and Ellis made it 21-0.  Crest finally scored early in the second period to make it 21-6.  Teddy Jeffries ran 31 yards for another KM score and with the EP kick, it was 28-6. A 25-yd TD pass from Lamont Littlejohn to  Ja'Qualyn Sanders and another Ellis kick made it 35-6 at halftime.

Crest scored late in the third period, then again in the fourth and cut the lead to 35-20 with eight minutes left in the game but they got no closer and the Mountaineers finished the regular season 10-0.  

Bunker Hill 37, Bandys 14
        Bandys kicked off to Bunker Hill.  The Bears scored on a 9-yd pass from Redek Robinson to Xavier McCleave; Alan Bahena-Soto's EP kick made it 7-0.  On the Trojans first possession, McCleave intercepted a Bandys pass.  Robinson then hit McCleave for a 21-yd TD pass and the EP kick made it 14-0. Early in the second period, Robinson threw a 64-yd TD pass to Elijah Boston and the EP kick made it 21-0. A 36-yard field goal following another pass interception made it 24-0 at the half.

In the third period, Bandys scored on their first possession, but then Jason Willis, Jr. ran 5 yards for a score and the kick made it 31-7. Robinson then passed to McCleave again for another score and the Beats led 37-7. Bandys scored once more in the final minute of the game and the final was Bunker Hill 37, Bandys 14.

Statesville 20, Hickory 14

St. Stephens 50, Fred T. Foard 21 

South Point 55, North Gaston 0
       Three TDs by Patrick Blee (two on passes, one on a run) helped the Raiders to a 34-0 first quarter lead. Two more TDs including another touchdown run by Blee made it 47-0.  Another TD and it was 55-0 at halftime. With a constantly running clock, the second half was quickly over and the final was South Point 55, North Gaston 0.

East Gaston 58, Highland Tech 0
       East Gaston manhandled the Rams all night, taking an early lead of 21-0 in the first quarter. They scored again early in the second and made it 28-0. By halftime, it was 42-0. By the end of the third quarter, it was 58-0 and that was the final score.

Forestview 35, Stuart Cramer 21
        Both teams scored in the first period.  Cramer scored again in the second to lead 14-7. Forestview tied it up with three minutes left in the first half, but Cramer scored with less than a minute left and led at halftime 21-14.  Forestview tied it up at 21-all in the third period; then early in the final period, the Jaguars took the lead 28-21. Another TD midway thru the quarter made it 35-21.  

Ashbrook 21, Hunter Huss 12
        Huss led the Green Wave 12-7 at halftime. Ashbrook scored with five minutes left in the third period to take the lead 14-12. Another Carmelo Bess touchdown run with a minute left in the game gave Ashbrook the win 21-12.

Lake Norman Charter 21, Mtn. Island Charter 15

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