September 29, 2023 at 7:15 p.m.
Bunker Hill 21, West Lincoln 15...
The Rebels suffer their first loss after five wins; Bunker Hill is now 6-0.
West took the opening kickoff and got a 1st down on a face mask penalty but then had to punt. When they got the ball back, they drove to the Bears' 2-yd line; then scored on a 2-yd run by Jaylin Winnex, after which Caden Smith ran for two-point extra point conversion and the Rebels led 8-0. With 2:40 left in the first period, Redek Robinson threw a 25-yd pass to Jaylan Willis and Alan Bahena-Soto's kick made it WL 8, Bunker Hill 7. With three minutes left in the first half, Caden Smith ran 16 yds for another TD and the EP kick by Brooke Eurey made it Rebels 15, Bears 7. With less than a minute left in the first half, Jason Willis ran for a Bears TD; a two-point EP try failed and West led at halftime 15-13.
On the Bears' first possession of the second half, Bahena-Soto attempted a 43-yd FG but missed and West still led 15-13. When the Rebels got the ball, Smith ran 55 yds to the Bunker Hill 25-yd line, but the Rebels didn't score. Bunker Hill then drove to the West 7-yd line as the third quarter ended with WL still leading 15-13.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears scored on a TD pass and went for two extra points and scored on a pass from Robinson to Willis after a bad snap to give BH a 21-15 lead. West then drove inside the Bears' 10-yd line, but lost back to the 22. On fourth and goal, BH got a sack and took the ball back at their 30-yd line with just over five minutes left in the game. They then ran out the clock to remain unbeaten.
For the night, Smith ran for 137 yds and a TD plus a two-point conversion; Winnex had 46 yds and a touchdown. On defense, Winnex had 8 tackles & 2 assists; Drew Ponder, 5 tackles & 2 assists; Ben Sain, 5 tackles and an assist; Caden Smith, 5 tackles and one assist; Gideon Allen, 5 tackles and an assist; Evan Hartsoe, 4 tackles; Keegan Bostic, 4 tackles & 4 assists; Justin Hamby, 4 tackles and an assist; Zander Harrelson and Dayne Harrelson, 3 tackles each; Caleb Sain and Bryce Beddingfield each had 2 tackles and an assist; Camden Sain, 1 tackle & 2 assists; and Conner Lowery 1 tackle.
The loss gives West a 5-1 overall record, 2-1 in the CVAC. They play at Newton-Conover next week, then play their Homecoming game against West Caldwell on Oct. 13th. The Bears play at East Burke next Friday; then host Maiden on the 13th.
Lincolnton 57, Bandys 36...
Don't count LHS out just yet! Their second win makes them 2-1 in the Catawba Valley Conference. They play at West Caldwell next Friday, then at home against East Burke on Oct. 13th.
The Trojans took the opening kickoff and scored on a 53-yd TD pass; the EP kick made it 7-0. The next time they got the ball, Bandys completed a 42-yd pass for another touchdown and the kick made it 14-0. Lincolnton QB Andre Bost scored late in the first quarter, but Bandys scored again on their 3rd possession to make it 21-7. Andre Bost ran for his second TD of the night and the EP kick made it 21-14 late in the first quarter. Bandys next possession didn't go like the previous ones: Andrew Phelps intercepted a pass at the LHS 25-yd line. From there, they drove for another TD on another run by Bost and the kick tied the score at 21-all. With five minutes left in the first half, Bost did it again. This TD run and the EP kick made it LHS 28, Bandys 21. But the Trojans scored again with four minutes left in the second qtr, and a two-point EP try made it Bandys 29, LHS 28. With less than a minute until halftime, Bost threw at TD pass to Zay Coleman and Jaxon Young's EP kick made it LHS 35, Bandys 29 at halftime.
The Wolves took the second half kickoff and Gevianunta Walker ran for a TD and Peyton Rangel ran for two extra points and LHS led 43-29. LHS scored again and led 50-29. The Trojans got one more TD in the third period, but one more LHS touchdown happened when Tygra Owens caught a TD pass, and the Wolves won their second of the season 57-36.
Bost had a career night. He ran for four TDs and threw two touchdown passes. Andre had over 200 yards rushing in the first half. Andrew Phelps intercepted three passes.
East Lincoln 24, West Iredell 17...
For the Mustangs, finally another win; for West Iredell, their first loss after five wins.
A safety gave the Mustangs the early lead 2-0. West Iredell scored and made the EP kick to take the lead 7-2. With six seconds left until halftime, West Iredell drove to the EL 10-yd line. Two plays later, they kicked a field goal to take a halftime lead of 10-2. The Mustangs scored with three minutes left in the third quarter and the EP kick tied the score at 10-10. With five minutes left in the game, West Iredell scored again to take a 17-10 lead. With just under two-and-a-half minutes left in the game, the Mustangs tied the score at 17-all. With 1:24 left to play, East scored on a 45-yd TD pass and with the EP kick won the game 24-17. The Mustangs play at home against Foard next Friday.
North Lincoln 53, North Iredell 14...
Maybe it was because it was Homecoming.
Eli Sipe threw a 14-yd TD pass to Brady Rinkus; then Jake Dillingham's EP kick gave the Knights a 7-0 lead. Near the end of the first qtr, Shannon Wingate ran for a touchdown and two extra points to give North Lincoln a 15-0 lead. In the second period, Wingate ran for another TD and Dillingham's kick made it NL 22, North Iredell 0. With five minutes left until halftime, Dillingham kicked a 36-yd field goal to make it 25-0. A long run by Tyler Donahue following a North Iredell punt gave the Knights a 1st down at the North Iredell 11-yd line. A loss moved it back to the 18, but from there, Wingate ran for yet another TD and the EP kick made it 32-0 at halftime.
Sipe ran 50 yds for another TD in the 3rd period; then Aaron Doedon intercepted a North Iredell pass and returned it to their 14-yd line; Wingate the scored on a 12-yd run to make it Knights 46, NI 0. The Raiders then scored to make it 46-7. As the fourth qtr began, Ernesto Cardenas ran 18 yds for another TD and Dillingham's kick gave the Knight s a 53-7 advantage. The Raiders scored again with two minutes left in the game to make the final score 53-14.
Maiden 51, West Caldwell 7...
Josh Stover completed 8 of 12 passes for 256 yds and three TDs; Kendall Roberts ran for 123 yds and two touchdowns. The Blue Devils host Bandys next Friday, then play at Bunker Hill on Oct. 13th in what many now believe will be the game for the CVAC championship.
Statesville 38, Fred T. Foard 15...
Statesville scored first, but the Tigers answered to tie the score at 8-all in the second period. After that, it was all Greyhounds as they led 38-8 in the third qtr. Foard did score another TD in the fourth to make it 38-15. More and more it's looking like the Oct. 27th game when Hickory plays at Statesville will be for the Western Foothills championship. The Greyhounds and Red Tornadoes are both 3-0 in the conference. East Lincoln gave West Iredell their first loss and North Lincoln made North Iredell 2-1 in the league. Statesville hosts West Iredell next Friday. Foard, still looking for their first win, will visit East Lincoln next week, then host North Lincoln on Oct. 13th.
Ashbrook 21, North Gaston 13...
The Green Wave led 21-7 at halftime. North Gaston scored late in the third period to make it 21-13. The Wildcats host Crest next week; Ashbrook will visit Stuart Cramer.
East Gaston 56, Thomas Jefferson 3...
East Gaston scored on their first possession to lead 7-0. The Warriors scored three more times in the first half; the Gryphons managed only a field goal and it was EG 27, TJ 3 at halftime. EG added 29 more points to their total in the second half as they remained unbeaten in six games. They host Bessemer City next Friday.
Shelby 74, Highland Tech 0...
This one was no contest from the beginning. By early in the second period, the Golden Lions already had a 48-0 lead. At halftime, they led 64-0. Shelby has next week off; then visits Bessemer City on Oct. 13th. The Oct. 27th Burns @ Shelby game looks like it will be for the Southern Piedmont championship.
Kings Mountain 49, Forestview 7...
Robt. Kendrick had TD runs in both the first and second quarters and EP kicks by Max Thompson made it 14-0. With three minutes left in the first half, Josiah Hill ran 52 yds for another Mounties score and Thompson's kick made it 21-0 at halftime.
Hill scored again on a 22-yd run early in the third period and Thompson's kick gave KM a 28-0 lead. The Jaguars scored early in the final period to cut it to 28-7, but then Kendrick ran 44 yds for another TD and Darreon Dixon-Velez scored on an 18-yd run. Thomas Feemster scored the final TD of the game with a 12-yd run with three minutes left and the Mountaineers remained unbeaten. They'll visit South Point next Friday. Forestview plays at home against Hunter Huss.
Burns 42, Bessemer City 7...
The Bulldogs started slow, scoring just six points in the first period; but they scored 22 more in the first half to lead 28-7 at halftime. In the third period, Ben Mauney threw a 72-yd pass to Kamari Surratt; then in the fourth, another one to Kenyon Surratt for 8 yds and a TD, and a two-point EP conversion made it Bulldogs 42, Yellow Jackets 7. Mauney completed four TD passes, ran for a touchdown and twice ran for a two-point EP conversion. Next week, the Bulldogs host Thomas Jefferson. Bessemer City visits East Gaston.
Crest 61, South Point 49...
Not many teams can overcome a 21-point first half deficit, but the Chargers did just that in winning their sixth game without a loss.
South Point scored twice and Crest once in the first period. Chanyce Ford had both the Raiders' TDs. Crest tied the score after South Point's first TD, but the Raiders scored again. Charlie Birtwistle's first EP kick was good but he missed the second. It was SP 13, Chargers 7 late in the first period. Crest scored again near the end of the first quarter and took a 14-13 lead with the EP kick; but South Point scored early in the second and made a two-point conversion to lead 21-14. When they kicked off after that TD, Ashton Green recovered an on-side kick and Ford ran for another touchdown; Birtwistle's kick made it South Point 28, Crest 14. QB Patrick Blee then ran for a touchdown with three minutes left until halftime and the EP kick made it South Point 35, Crest 14. The Chargers scored twice more on TD passes to cut the lead to 35-27 at halftime.
Crest took the second half kickoff and drove for a score to tie the game at 35-all. With four minutes left in the third period, Cam Anderson ran for a TD and the EP kick gave the Chargers their first lead 42-35. The Raiders answered with a 9-yd TD run by Blee and the EP kick tied the score at 42-all at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth, Crest scored but missed the EP to lead 48-42. With just under four minutes left, Blee completed a 19-yd TD pass to Dawson Tobin and Birtwistle's kick gave the Raiders the lead 49-48; but Crest wasn't done. A touchdown run with three minutes left made it 54-49 and one more with just under a minute left plus the EP kick made the final Crest 61, South Point 49.
Ny'Tavious Huxley threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD; Quashon Tate ran for three touchdowns for Crest. In a losing effort, Patrick Blee ran for three Raiders TDs and threw a pass for another. Next week, the Chargers play at North Gaston while the Red Raiders try again to pull an upset against an unbeaten opponent when they host Kings Mtn.
Newton-Conover 34, East Burke 25...
East Burke was leading the Red Devils 13-8 at halftime, but N-C came back to win the game 44-35.
Hickory 50, St. Stephens 7
The Red Tornadoes easily won over their local rival to improve to 6-0, 3-0 in the WFAC. They play at home against North Iredell next week.
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