Maiden 20, West Lincoln 14 The game wasn't decided until 8.2 seconds to go when Maiden QB Ethan Rhodes scored on a three-yard run.
Maiden took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yds for a score. Chris Culliver scored the TD on a 39-yd run. Carson Foard's EP kick made it 7-0 with 10:26 left in the first period. Nobody scored again in the first period and after one quarter, Maiden led 7-0.
With 2:39 left in the first half, Charles Winnex scored for West on a 4th & 8 from the Blue Devils 12-yd line. Trista Primmer's EP kick tied the score at 7-all.
Ethan Rholes then tossed a pass to Chris Culliver, who caught it at the West 40-yd line and took it the rest of the way for a 63-yd score with 1:03 left in the half. The EP kick made it 14-7 and that was the halftime score.
West took the third period kickoff and marched 80 yards for a score. Jordan Truesdale hit Mason Avery for the 11-yd TD pass and Trista Primmer kicked the EP wtih 4:35 left in the 3rd period to tie the score at 14-all.
A 44-yd completion from Rhodes to Culliver ended with a fumble at the West Lincoln 25, recovered by the Rebels, but the officials said he was down before he fumbled. Culliver was injured on the play, but he later returned.
On 4th & 3 from the West 17, Lathon Sain made a big tackle to keep the Blue Devils from getting a first down and West took over at their own 18. West then drove to the Maiden 31, and on a 4th down & 8, a pass to the end zone drew an interference penalty to give the Rebels a 1st down at the Maiden 17. They got to the one-yd line but Avery was stopped on two runs to turn the ball over to Maiden inside their one.
Two runs by Rhodes got the ball to the five; then Rhodes hit Jacob Sigmon with a pass to their 45. On the next play, West recovered a fumble by the Blue Devils.
West drove to the Blue Devils 30 but a bad pitchout resulted in a fumble recovery by Maiden. The Blue Devils then drove for a go-ahead score on a Rhodes plunge, but the EP try was no good to leave the score at 20-14, but there were only eight seconds left in the game. West took the kickoff but a quick tackle ended the game with Maiden winning 20-14.
West lost the game, but a third runner emerged for the Rebels attack. Trace Gilmore rushed for 114 yards and Mason Avery for 112 yards, but the pleasant surpris was Charles Winnex, who ran for 49 yards and one of the two TDs.
The Rebels travel to Bunker Hill next Friday. The Blue Devils play Tuesday (7 PM) at East Burke, then host West Caldwell next Saturday (Oct. 2nd) at 7:30 PM. With the win, Maiden is now 4-0, West is 4-1.
Lincolnton 21, Newton-Conover 17 Trailing all night, the Wolves took the lead for the first time with a minute 12 left. Down 17-7 at the half, the Wolves offense finally clicked in the second half. Deandre Smith got the winning TD. LHS will host Bandys next Friday. The Red Devils will play at East Burke on Saturday (Oct. 2nd) at noon. After four losses, the Wolves--who have been improving every game--finally got a win.
Statesville 23, East Lincoln 6 The Greyhounds spoiled Homecoming for the injury-plagued Mustangs, building a 16-0 halftime lead and holding East to a single score late in the game. East, now 3-2, will play at West Iredell next Friday while Statesville, now 4-0, will host Fred T. Foard.
North Lincoln 21, Hickory 6 North Lincoln and Hickory both scored on their first possessions, but the Knights got a two-point EP conversion to lead 8-0 while Hickory failed on a two-point try to make it 8-6. The Knights got two more first half TD passes for a 21-6 halftime advantage, and neither team scored in the second half. Next week North Lincoln travels to North Iredell while Hickory plays at St. Stephens.
East Gaston 50, Cherryville 14 Sirr Stoval ran for two touchdowns and an ran for another, but East Gaston built up a 29-7 halftime lead and were never seriously threatened In getting their third win against two losses. The Warriors host Thomas Jefferson next Friday while the Ironmen (2-4) will play at Rudisill Stadium against Patton.
Shelby 55, Thomas Jefferson 7 Given the final score, it's hard to believe that Shelby actually trailed after the first quarter of this game. The Golden Lions drove deep on their first possession but didn't score; then TJ had a poor punt from their end zone that set up Shelby at the TJ 25-yard-line. With 5:26 left in the first period, Jack Berowitz kicked a 25-yd field goal to give Shelby a 3-0 lead. On their next possession, the Lions got another FG to lead 6-0. Thomas Jeffersdon QB Bryce Jergenson then ran 99 yards for a TD and Brayden Gilling's EP kick made it Thomas Jefferson 7, Shelby 6 at the end of the first quarter,
From that point on, it was all Shelby. Their first touchdown in the second period and the EP kick made it Shelby 13, TJ 7. The Lions scored again just before halftime for a 20-7 lead at the half. For the night, quarterback Daylin Lee threw three touchdown passes, two of them to wideout Luke Williams and the other to Sam Baldree. Sophomore Bricen Kee rushed for 116 yards and a score. Marquis Adams and Jalon Petty also scored rushing touchdowns. Demario Allen returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown.
Next week, the Golden Lions, now 4-1, will play at Highland Tech. It was the first loss for Thomas Jefferson, now 3-1. They'll play at North Gaston on Friday.
Bunker Hill 40, West Caldwell 0 On their Homecoming night, the Bears were impressive. They are now 2-0 in the Catawba Valley 2A conference and 5-0 overall. Bunker Hill is averaging 34 points per game but their defense is just as impressive--allowing only 24 points in those five games, 18 of them in the season opener. Kaden Robinson and Preston Workman were leaders Friday night accounting for sacks and tackles for loss. Brady Speaks intercepted a West Caldwell pass. Robinson also scored the Bears third first half touchdown. Chadz Stevenson scored the first, then ran 52 yards for another, and scored the final TD of the night in the third period. Quarterback Carson Elder ran for one score and tossed a 24-yd pass to Jason Willis for another. It took three tries, but kicker Alan Bahena-Soto finally got it right on his third EP try; he kicked three more after that. The Bears will host West Lincoln next Friday. West Caldwell will play at Maiden Saturday night (Oct. 2nd).
North Iredell 15, St. Stephens 6 Before last week's win over Foard, the Raiders hadn't won a football game since September 2018. They've now won two in a row. After trailing 6-0 at the half, they scored two second half touchdowns to beat St. Stephens. They are now 2-2 overall, but 2-0 in the Western Foothills Conference, tied with Statesville for the top spot. Next Friday, they'll host North Lincoln. The indians will host Hickory.
Bessemer City 32, Highland Tech 8
Crest 35, Stuart Cramer 16 The Chargers scored first but the Storm tied it at 7-all in the first period. Mari Adams 6-yd TD run then put the Chargers ahead 14-7 at the half and they led the rest of the way. A third quarter safety cut the lead to 14-9, but QB Nytavious Huskey threw TD passes on back-to-back possessions to give Crest a 28-9 lead early in the final period. Cramer cut that to 28-16, but a 94-yard run by Carter Green and Julian Arreola's fifth EP kick for the night made it 25-16. Next week, Crest will host South Point while Cramer will play at home against Hunter Huss.
Forestview 24, Ashbrook 0 The Jaguars, who had been having to play their 'home' games at Stuart Cramer's field, finally got to play on their own Friday night and celebrated with a one-sided win over Ashbrook. While they are 3-3 overall, the Jags are 2-0 in the Big South 3A Conference. They play at Kings Mtn. Friday. Ashbrook will host North Gaston, so one of those two winless teams will get their first victory of the season. Kings Mtn. 56, North Gaston 0 The Wildcats kicked off to the Mountaineers and they proceeded to score again and again. Robt. Kendrick got it started with a 10-yd run. Jaden Ellis' EP kick made it 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Then Aj Richardson ran for another Mounties TD and Ellis' kick made it 14-0. Jonah Patrick's 18-yd pass to Peyton Fisher and the EP kick made it 21-0; then Richardson ran for another TD and it was 28-0; and Kendrick got his second to make it 35-0 at the half. Zavion Smith and Thomas Feemster ran for touchdowns in the 3rd period and Patrick ran for the final KM TD with four minutes left in the game. The Mounties gave freshman Max Thompson a chance to try his foot, and he scored the final extra point for a 56-0 win. Next Friday, the 4-1 Mountaineers will host Forestview. North Gaston (o-6) will try for its first win at Ashbrook.
South Point 42, Hunter Huss 7 Just like last week, when they came from behind to beat Stuart Cramer, the team from Belmont found itself down 7-0 after the first quarter, but the rest of the game was all Red Raiderds. Tyson Riley rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns and the defense held the Huskies scoreless the rest of the way. South Point is now 4-1, 2-0 in the Big South 3A Conference. They'll play at Crest on Friday. Hunter Huss will play at Stuart Cramer.
West Iredell 16, Fred T. Foard 8 The Tigers did finally score another touchdown, but lost their fourth straight. They've managed only two TDs this season. They'll try again next Friday but their chances aren't good; they'll be hosting unbeaten Statesville.
Community School of Davidson 23, Mtn. Island Charter 14 Mtn. Island Charter will host Winston-Salem Prep next Friday.
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