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Maiden made another second-half push before falling at Lincolnton on Friday night. Bandys fell behind Shelby early and never caught up. Both teams' seasons ended in the third round of the state football playoffs.
Lincolnton 34, Maiden 21
After trailing 21-7 at halftime, Maiden (9-5) stormed back with two touchdowns in the third quarter before falling 34-21 at Lincolnton.
Matt Johnson hit Will Jenkins for a 21-yard touchdown pass to pull Maiden within 21-14. Then, following an interception by Dakota Painter, the Blue Devils pulled even with the Wolves after Johnson scored a rushing touchdown on fourth and goal with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter.
Lincolnton dominated from there, scoring two more touchdowns and controlling the clock in the process.
Jenkins rushed for more than 100 yards in the game, and he scored on an 85-yard run late in the first quarter.
Lincolnton will play Thomasville next week in the 2A western regional final.
Shelby 41, Bandys 16
Shelby scored in a variety of ways in a 41-16 win over Bandys.
The Golden Lions posted two touchdown runs by Bryan Moss, two touchdown passes by Daylan Fuller, two field goals by Manning Burton and a kickoff-return touchdown by Darrell Russell.
Peter Guiraud put the Trojans on the board with a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter.
David Barrow hit Hunter Lackey for a 17-yard touchdown with 58 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Trojans trailed 24-10 at the break.
Barrow added a 41-yard touchdown run in the second half for Bandys (9-4)
Shelby will play West Stokes next week in the 2AA western regional final.
Check back later for full reports on both games.