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home : sports : local sports February 1, 2023

11/4/2022 7:31:00 PM
NCHSAA Football

Wayne Howard

Lincolnton 37, Randleman 36 OT
        Randleman kicked off to LHS.  The Wolves didn't move the ball and Randleman scored on their first possession and with a kick for the EP led 7-0.  Khamoni Heath ran for a Wolves' TD but the two-point EP try was no good and it was 7-6. With under a minute left in the first quarter, Heath ran for another TD and then for two extra points and LHS led 14-7 at the end of the first period.  Randleman tied it up early in the second period. A 70-yd TD pass by the Wolves and Peyton Rangel's EP kick made it Lincolnton 21, Randelman 14 midway thru the second quarter.  Randleman drove to the LHS 21-yd line but turned it over on downs.  LHS then drove to the Randleman 25 but also failed to score and it was 21-14 at the half.  Heath suffered what is likely a season-ending injury, but the Wolves didn't quit.   Randleman tied it up in the third period and it was 21-all going into the fourth. With under seven minutes left in the game, Andre Bost ran for a TD and LHS led 29-21 after a two-point conversion.  Randleman scored with under two minutes left and made the two-point conversion to tie the score at 29.  

Randleman went first in OT and scored.  They kicked the EP to lead 36-29.  Then it was the Wolves' turn.  Bost threw a TD pass to Will Blackburn, then rushed for a two-point conversion and LHS advanced to the second round  37-36. The Wolves will visit Monroe in round two next Friday.

[My apology to Karson Cloninger.  I learned Sunday  that it was he and not Anthony Odum who threw the pass in OT that resulted in the touchdown prior to Odum's EP run for a two-point conversion to win the game.  There was no local radio or online coverage of the game.  I subscribe to NFHS but they had a broken camera that actually showed a cracked video of the field but not where you could see any of the game.  I had to rely on unofficial reports from the game.  Since West Lincoln's coach, Darren Ponder, is the only local football coach who sends us any information about his team, we have to do the best we can we what we can get.  Since the local newspaper won't print any details until Wednesday, we believe our 'as it happens' updates on Friday night are important--but they are subject to error because of trying to keep up with multiple games all happening at once.  NFHS also showed the West Lincoln at Hndersonville game.  They do not have announcers, but in that case, the video was satisfactory to help me keep up with the game.  Anthony had a great night and scored the winning points on that EP run, but Karson was the one who threw the pass.]

Hendersonville 36, West Lincoln 29
       Hendersonville scored first with 2:52 left in the first quarter and took the early lead 7-0. Early in the second period, Mason Avery scored on a two-yd run and Jason Sellers' EP kick tied the score.  The Bearcats failed to make a first down near midfield and turned the ball over on downs to the Rebels at their own 49.  With 3:36 left in the first half, the Rebels tried a FG but missed.  With 21 seconds left in the first half, Hendersonville scored a TD; then faked kicking for the EP and ran it instead for a 15-7 halftime lead.  

In the third period, the Bearcats drove to the WL 24.  Again, they faked a kick try, and ran the ball to the one-yard line, then scored on a one-yard run.  A kick for the EP made it 22-7.  Mason Avery scored on a short run; then a pass from Jordan Truesdale to Lucas Howell cut the lead to 22-15 with 3:22 left in the third period.  A Hendersonville score made it 29-15.  Then Mason Avery ran for a score with 9:50 left in the game and Sellers' kick cut the lead to 29-22. The Bearcats had returned the previous kickoff deep in Rebels territory.  This time, they ran it all the way back to take a 36-22 lead.Truesdale had a long run for a first and goal at the two; then after Avery was tackled for a loss, Jordan ran three yards for a score.  The EP kick made it 36-29, but time was running out.  Hendersonville punted and with 2:49 left in the game, West started from their own 20.  They made a first down, but then the Bearcats intercepted a pass to close out the night and the season for the Rebels.  

While the Rebels lost, it was another huge night running the ball for the state's leading rusher Mason Avery.  He carried 38 times for 255 yards and three TDs.  Jaylin Winnex had a hundred yards rushing.  Jordan Truesdale ran for  28 yards and one TD and Lucas Howell carried for 23.  Truesdale completed a pass to Howell for a two-point conversion but was 1 for 4 for the night including that late game interception.  

On defense, Avery had 7 tackles and one assist; Ben Sain had 5 tackles and an assist; Drew Ponder and Zander Harrelson each had 4 tackles; JJ Ponder 3 tackles; Gideon Allen 3 tackles and 2 assists; Nathan Rye, Jaylin Winnex, and JJ Phansook each had 3 tackles; Duck Hice and Patrick Goins each had 2 tackles; Shawn Blackburn, Curtis Goins, Camden Sain, Joel Sellers and John Carpenter each had a tackle.

As he has done all season, Coach Darren Ponder provided us (and other media outlets) complete information on his team's stats with a 1:55 AM email.  Now that is dedication!  West finishes 8-3.  

East Lincoln 41, Ashe County 6
      East Lincoln kicked off to Ashe County, who went three and out.  Keandre Walker took a short pass from Tyler Mizell and ran it 55 yards for a TD on the Mustangs' first possession.  The EP two-point try was a run by Mizell and East led 8-0. Another pass to Walker, this time for 54 yards, and it was 14-0.  The EP try was no good.  When Ashe County had to punt from their own two-yard line, the punt didn't make it out of the end zone.  Marcel Johnson caught it for a TD.  A two-point conversion try was no good and East led 20-0. Mizell passed to Jackson Bean for another TD and Helmut Rojas' kick made it 27-0. Mizell ran for a TD; then Hampton Good intercepted an Ashe County pass and Christopher Daley II ran for another East TD.  Markell Clark then ran for two EPs and it was 41-0.  East then scored on a 30-yd Rojas field goal with one second left in the firat half for a 44-0 halftime lead.

Ashe County tried an on-side kick to start the third period, but like everything else they had tried, it didn't work.  Mizell then passed to Riley Shropshire for a score and Rojas' kick made it 51-0. Ashe County finally scored on a 40-yd 3rd qtr pass to make the final score 51-6. The undefeated Mustangs will host Tuscola in round two next Friday.

Maiden 68, Polk County 33
      On their first possession, the Blue Devils scored on a 53-yd pass from Wesley Thompson to Chris Culliver.  Bryson Foard kicked the EP.  Polk County tied the score.  Then Maiden scored on a 47-yd pass to Raheim Misher and Carson Foard kicked this EP for a 14-7 lead.  Ben Gibbs ran for a TD and Carson Foard kicked another EP and it was 21-7.  Polk County scored to cut the lead to 21-14. Gibbs ran for a 45-yd TD, but the EP try failed and it was 27-14.  Then Polk County scored to make it 27-20. Thompson then passed to Culliver for another TD and Carson Foard's kick made it 34-20. A Thompson to Culliver pass and EP kick made it 41-20; then a pass to Ben Gibbs and EP by Carson Foard and it was 48-20. Gibbs ran for another TD and it was 55-20. Polk County scored on a long pass, but then a pass from Thompson to Bryson Foard set up another Gibbs TD run and it was 61-26. Polk County scored to cut the lead to 61-33, but Alec Hall returned their kickoff for a TD and the Blue Devils led 68-33 after Foard's kick and that was the final score. The Blue Devils will host Mt. Pleasant in round two.

Robbinsville 40, Cherryville 14

Shelby 30, Forest Hills 13
        Shelby scored first on a first quarter field goal by Jack Berkowitz for a 3-0 lead. Daylin Lee tossed a TD pass to Milan Andrews with under a minute left in the first period and the EP kick made it 10-0. Forest Hills scored in the second period to cut the lead to 10-7. Shelby scored again just before halftime for a 17-7 lead.  The Lions. Drew Hollifield scored in the third period and again early in the fourth for a 30-7 lead.  Forest Hills scored in the fourth period to cut that to 30-13.  Shelby will play at Burns in round two next Friday.

Burns 62, Morehead 13
       Burns took the opening kick and drove for a score as Ben Mauney passed to Ryan Thompson for a TD.  Ansley Camacho's EP kick made it 7-0.  On the Bulldogs second possession, Mauney passed to Graham Warlick for a score.  Mauney rushed for a two-point conversion and it was 15-0.  Then Jeremiah Norris ran for a TD and the EP kick made it 22-0.  Thompson then returned a punt 60 yds for a score and caught a pass from Mauney for two more EPs and Burns led 30-0. Lemont Wilson ran for a TD to make it 36-0; then Travis Coletrane, Jr. returned a recovered fumble 42 yds for a TD and with a Camacho kick, it was 43-0. Two Graham Warlick TD runs, the second of them a 72-yarder and Burns led 56-0.  The team from Eden finally scored to make it 56-6.  They scored again to make it 56-13, then Treyzail Littlejohn  scored one more time for the Bulldogs and Burns won 62-13. The win sets up a rematch with Shelby in round two.

Kings Mtn. 42, St. Stephens 6
  Kings Mountain scored all they need in the first period.  Caleb Holland returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Mounties TD; Jaden Ellis kicked the EP.  Teddy Jeffries tan 44 yds for a TD on KM's second possession and the EP kick made it 14-0. From that point on, the Mountaineers poured it on and led 42-0 at the end of the first quarter. Xzorion Lenair returned a punt for a touchdown and Jake Lloyd scored on a pick six interception. Jeffries ran for another touchdowns and  Lamont Littlejohn passed to Bryson Brown for another.  St. Stephens finally scored in the third period to make it 42-6.  Still unbeaten this season, Kings Mountain will host Smoky Mountain next week.

Community School of Davidson 20, East Gaston 14
     Warriors led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter on a Chase Johnson TD and he scored again in the second to make it 14-6, but CSD scored a TD but missed the EP and the Warriors led 14-12 at the half.  That was still the score after three periods, but CSD scored early in the 4th and made a two-point EP try to win 20-14.

South Point 48, Hickory 13
  Both teams scored a TD in the first period.  The Raiders scored two in the second for a 21-13 halftime lead. South Point got two TD runs from Cam Medlock and one from Patrick Blee and led 41-13 early in the fourth. One more made the final score 48-13. Medlock with four TDs and two from Blee were too much for the Red Tornadoes as South Point advanced with a 48-13 win. The Red Raiders will play at Greensboro Dudley next Friday.

Bunker Hill 41, East Davidson 6
The Bears scored first to lead 6-0. They score three more times in the first half for a 27-0 halftime lead. In the third period, Jason Willis, Jr. ran for a TD and Alan Bahena-Soto's kick made it 34-0. East Davidson scored to make it 34-6, but Redek Robinson ran for a TD and the EP kick made it 41-6 and that was the final score.  The Bears will play Community School of Davidson in the second round next Friday.

Crest 33, Statesville 7
 It was tied 7-all at halftime, but the Chargers dominated the Greyhounds in the second half for a 33-7 win.  Crest will visit Oak Grove in round two.

Tuscola 35, Forestview 14
      Christian Holland put the Jaguars ahead early with the game's first touchdown, but Tuscola tied it at 7-all by the end of the first period; then took a 21-7 lead before Jaxson Hill passed to Nathan Aguilar and the EP kick made it 21-14 at halftime.  In the second half, Tuscola romped, scoring two more TDs while holding Foresview scoreless for a 35-14 victory.

West Charlotte 40, Stuart Cramer 13
 West Charlotte led 14-0 at halftime.  Cramer scored in the third period t cut it to 14-6 but it was all Lions the rest of the way.

Northwest Cabarrus 17, Ashbrook 3
   Ashbrook scored a FG in the first half for a 3-0 halftime lead.  Northwest Cabarrus kicked one, then scored a TD to take a 10-3 lead in the third period.  NW Cabarrus scored again early in the final period to make the lead 17-3.   

Mtn. Island Charter 14, Bessemer City 7
   A Jameer Holmes 35-yd pass to Randall Pettus for a TD in the first quarter and an EP kick by Amari Barnett gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 halftime lead. Mtn. Island Charter scored twice in the third period to take a 14-7 lead that held up the rest of the way.

East Wilkes 44, Thomas Jefferson 14

Andrews 77, Highland Tech 8
 As expected Andrews scored 21 in the first period. By the time it was over, they had scored 77 points.

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