Cline, Red Devils beat Cardinals, improve to 2-0
Newton-Conover put on an array of offensive fireworks on Friday night versus East Surry in a 49-6 non-conference win that earned the Red Devils their second-straight victory of the season.
Red Devils quarterback Kevin Cline accounted for 236 total yards (130 passing, 106 rushing) in the game.
"There's a huge difference in 1-3 and 2-2, and a lot of teams thought that after two-straight losses that we are the old Newton-Conover," Cline said. "We are working harder in practice. Everything is starting to flow. Everyone's thinking."
The Red Devils' defense, which has given up six points to both East Surry and St. Stephens in the past two weeks, also played strong in the contest, especially in the second half.
Newton-Conover held East Surry to a combined 38 yards in the half (18 rushing, 20 passing), while the Cardinals had seven possessions inside their own 20-yard line.
"This is the second week in a row we haven't given up a touchdown" said N-C coach Brint Russell. "We are still learning. We still have alot of growing to do."
Running backs Marquis Pope and Matt Coulter helped give the Red Devils an early 14-0 advantage.
Pope capped a four-play, 63-yard opening drive for N-C with a three-yard touchdown run to put his team up 7-0 at the 8:24 mark of the first.
Coulter's one-yard run less than three minutes later made it a two touchdown lead for the home squad.
The Red Devils added two more touchdowns before halftime, including a four-yard touchdown run by Cline and another one-yard score by Coulter.
East Surry (2-2) got on the board right after the break when the Cardinals' Chase Brewster scooped up Pope's fumble on the opening kickoff of the half, taking it into the end zone for six points.
Settling down, Cline methodically helped guide the Red Devils to 21 unanswered points following the East Surry score.
His lone pass of the half was a 65-yard strike to Pope, which helped lead to another Red Devil touchdown.
"I could not have done all of this tonight without my offensive line blocking, and my receivers catching the football," Cline said.
A punt return by N-C's Nick Baker with 28 seconds left was the game's final tally, as the Red Devils to a second-straight victory.
Newton-Conover travels to rival Maiden (2-2) next Friday to open CVAC play. The Red Devils haven't lost at Maiden's new stadium since it opened in 2006.