Maiden appeared poised to pull a playoff comeback for the second straight week.
Down 21-7 at halftime and held in check on offense, the Blue Devils werenâ€™t out, but they were down.
â€śIt was the same as Polk County. I hate to say we came out flat,â€ť said Maiden senior quarterback Matt Johnson. â€śBut we battled back.â€ť
At Polk County last week, Maiden trailed 21-14 at halftime before winning 41-27.
This week, the come-from-behind story didnâ€™t end the same as No. 1 seed Lincolnton (13-1) ended Maidenâ€™s season with a 34-21 loss in the sectional round of the N.C. 2A state playoffs.
Catawba County celebrates Thanksgiving this week, and several churches invite the community to join in worship and a meal.
Also this week, Santa Claus visits Newton as the city kicks off the holiday season with its annual tree-lighting ceremony.
A laser-light show, the opening of a theater production and a health fair are also on the schedule this week in the county.
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What's been a turnaround season for the Bandys football team abruptly ended Friday in Shelby.
The Trojans fell behind 21-3 and never caught up, losing in the third round of the 2AA playoffs to the Golden Lions (9-5). Bandys' season ends with a 10-4 record.