East Lincoln 28, Ledford 7 Ledford kicked off to East and the Mustangs scored on their first possession as Christopher Daley II ran 11 yas for a TD. Christopher Mileta kicked the EP for a 7-0 lead. On their second possession, Ben Cutter went one yard on a 4th & goal for another touchdown. Mileta kicked another EP and East led 14-0.
With three minutes left in the first half, Hampton Good ran 7 yds for Mustangs TD and Mileta's kick made it 21-0 and that was still the score at halftime. East Lincoln's defense had so stymied the Panthers that they hadn't yet been in Mustangs territory at halftime.
Ledford scored with three minutes left in the third period; the EP kick made it 21-7. With 6:35 left in the game, Mizell ran for a TD and Mileta's fourth EP kick of the night made it 28-7 and that was the final score.
Next week, for the first time in the playoffs, the Mustangs will play on the road. They'll play at Kings Mountain.
Maiden 37, Bunker Hill 14 Maiden kicked off to start the game. The Bears went three and out. The Blue Devils scored on a 58-yd Wesley Thompson to Chris Culliver pass and Carson Foard's EP kick made it 7-0. On the Blue Devils' second possession, after another three and out for the Bears, it was deja vu--Thompson to Culliver for 25 yds and another TD. Foard's kick made it 14-0. Bunker Hill finally made a first down, but when Maiden got the ball again on an interception that set them up on the Bears' 33-yd line, and they scored a third TD on yet another pass and it was 21-0 in favor of Maiden, still in the first quarter.
Bunker Hill had to punt again early in the second period. This time, they managed to stop the Blue Devils and got the ball back at their own 20. A long pass by Redek Robinson to Elijah Boston got them to the Maiden 40. On 4th down at the 38, they decided, trailing 21-0, to go for it. Robinson hit Boston for a 38-yd TD pass and the EP kick by Alan Bahena-Soto made it Maiden 21, Bunker Hill 7. On their next possession, the Blue Devils drove inside the Bears' 20. Bunker Hill intercepted a Maiden pass to stop that drive. When the Blue Devils got the ball again, they got to the Bunker Hill 36 but turned it over on downs there and the Bears got one more chance. With time running out in the first half, Robinson tossed a pass to Devin Brice who took it all the way to Maiden's 16-yd line, but the Blue Devils then recovered a fumble and a long pass got them to the Bears' 15. Carson Foard then kicked a field goal, and the halftime score was Maiden 24, Bunker Hill 7.
Bunker Hill got another TD, but the Blue Devils scored two more for a 37-14 win.
Like East Lincoln, the Blue Devils will play on the road for the first time in the playoffs next week; they'll travel to Reidsville, 30-0 winners over Chase this Friday.
South Point 21, Crest 20 The Chargers took the opening kickoff and drove for a TD on a pass five minutes into the game. The EP kick made it 7-0. When South Point couldn't move the ball, Crest did it again--another TD pass and a 14-0 lead.
The Red Raiders got their ball control offense started in the second quarter and Cam Medlock went three yds for a TD. Charlie Bertwistle's kick made it Crest 14, South Point 7. On their next possession, with only a minute left until halftime, Patrick Blee ran four yds for another Raiders TD and Bertwistle's kick tied the score at 14-all at halftime.
Crest scored on their first possession in the second half on a TD pass and led 20-14 after the EP kick was missed. When they got the ball, the Raiders drove for a TD on a 3-yd run by Metlock and with 6:36 left in the third period, it was South Point 21, Crest 20. After stopping the Chargers at the SP 38, the Raiders faked a punt and midfield and made a first down. On another fourth down at the Chargers' 31, Metlock rand for 7 yards and another first down as the third period ended, but from there, they turned it over on downs.
On a 4th & 16, Crest took its turn at faking a punt on fourth down, but a pass got them only eight of the yds they needed and South Point got the ball back near midfield with six minutes left in the game. With two minutes left in the game, the Chargers made good on a 4th & 3 and drove to the SP 4-yd line with 1:47 left. On first down, Ny'Tavious Huxley ran to the two; on second down Derek Mitchell got to the one. On third down, the Raiders stopped them for no gain, and on 4th down, rather than try a field goal--which would have won the game, they tried a pass, and a rushing lineman knocked it down and South Point won and advances to the fourth round.
Next week, they'll host Eastern Guilford, 35-17 winners over West Henderson.
Kings Mountain 22, West Charlotte 19 The Mountaineers took the opening kickoff, but the Lions scored first on a pick six interception. The EP try was no good and they led 6-0. When the Mounties got the ball again, the Lions intercepted another pass--but this time they didn't score.
Early in the second period, the Lions blocked a KM punt and returned it for a TD; a two-point EP try was no good and West Charlotte led 12-0. Teddy Jeffries finally had a big play for the Mountaineers--a long run, but they still hadn't been in WC territory. They got there on the next play and drove to the Lions' 22-yd line but turned it over there on downs. After the Lions punted, the Mounties scored on a 33-yd run by Caleb Holland and Jaden Ellis's kick made it 12-7 and that was the score at halftime.
West Charlotte scored with three minutes left in the third period to take a 19-7 lead. In the fourth, they tried--and missed--a field goal. With six minutes left in the game, Lamont Littlejohn tossed a 13-yd touchdown pass to Bryson Brown to cut the lead to 19-14 after Ellis kicked the EP.
With two minutes, 38 seconds left in the game, West Charlotte went for it on 4th down at the Kings Mountain 44 and didn't make it. The Mounties had 2:38 to score and keep their season going. Littlejohn passed to Ja'Qualyn Sanders who ran to the West Charlotte 39. Jeffries ran for two yards, then on second down at the Lions' 37, Littlejohn tried a long pass but it was incomplete. With 1:38 left on 2nd and 8, he threw to Jake Loyd to the West Charlotte 25. A screen pass to Sanders picked up another 17 yards inside the Lions' 10. With 46 secnds left, on 2nd & goal at the West Charlotte 6-yd line, a toss was fumbled, but the Mounties recovered at the 2 and with 16 seconds left, Richardson ran for what should have been a touchdown, but the officials blew the play dead on an off-side penalty against the Lions. Littlejohn then sneaked for a touchdown with 10.9 seconds left in the game, then threw to Loyd for two extra points and Kings Mountain remained unbeaten with a 21-19 come-from-behind win.
That means two unbeaten teams will play next week when East Lincoln visits Kings Mountain.
Burns 24, Salisbury 20 The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and Ben Mauney threw a 41-yd pass to AJ Allen for a TD; Ansley Camacho's EP kick made it 7-0. Salisbury scored on their first possession on a 65-yd pass and the EP kick tied the score at 7-all.
With three minutes left in the first half, Ryan Thompson ran three yards for a Burns TD and Camacho's kick made it 14-7. Salisbury scored with one minute left in the first half, but missed the EP kick and Burns let 14-13. With less than a minute left until halftime, Camacho kicked a 33-yd field goal and Burns led at the half 17-13.
With four minutes left in the game, the Hornets scored and kicked an EP for a 20-17 lead. With one minute left, Ryan Thompson ran two yards for a score and Camacho's kick made the final score Burns 24, Salisbury 20.
Next week, the Bulldogs will host Monroe, 28-23 winners over East Surry.
RADIO and ONLINE for ROUND FOUR:
WNNC (1230AM, 101.3FM) will have the Maiden game; also online at https://wnncradio.com/football/.
WLON (1050AM, 107.5FM) will have the East Lincoln game; also on Tune-In.
WCSL (1590AM, 92.9FM) will have the East Lincoln at Kings Mtn. game and it will also be online at http://www.ktcbroadcasting.com/. Calvin Hastings is trying to arrange to provide live video of that game; if he gets it, we'll post info in a Lincoln Herald article.
WOHS (1390AM, 101.5FM) will have the Burns game; also on http://www.ktcbroadcasting.com/. There will also be live video of that game...more details in a later article.
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