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Lincolnton picked up a tight two-point victory at home, spoiling Frank Snider's debut as head coach for the Maiden Blue Devils.
The Wolves (1-0) took a 2-0 lead in the second quarter when Maiden starting quarterback Jake McRee fumbled a snap in the end zone, fell on top of it and was tackled by a host of Lincolnton defenders, resulting in a safety.
Another turnover in the fourth quarter cost the Blue Devils again. Lincolnton's Justice Charles recovered a fumbled snap by quarterback Kaleb Ikard and returned it 31 yards for the touchdown.
There were a total of 13 fumbles in the contest by both squads.
Maiden (0-1) got its scoring going in the fourth quarter when Ikard connected with tight end Dakota Painter on a 25-yard touchdown pass-and-catch to cut the lead to two, 9-7.
However, the Blue Devils would get no closer, dropping their season opener.
Maiden hosts North Lincoln (0-1) next week. The Knights lost to Fred T. Foard, 16-13.
Bandys 35, St. Stephens 0
The Trojans started their season with a home shutout victory against the Indians in Catawba.
Senior quarterback Anthony Toscano threw for 153 yards and a touchdown to lead Bandys (1-0), while Devan Davis rushed 16 times for 66 yards and two more Trojan touchdowns.
Bandys' Dillon Street also had four carries for 60 yards and a score.
The Trojans defense was stalwart, recording two safeties in the game â€” both in the first half.
The Indians (0-1) snapped one ball out of the end zone, while the other safety occurred when Matt Means was tackled by Logan Hughes in the backfield.
Junior running back Kori Carlton led St. Stephens with 13 carries for 102 yards.
The Trojans travel to Fred T. Foard (1-0) next week, while St. Stephens is at Bunker Hill (1-0).
Statesville 37, Hickory 0
Quarterback Carlis Parker accounted for more than 200 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, leading the Greyhounds to the shutout victory against the Red Tornadoes (0-1).
Statesville (1-0) accounted for 400 yards of total offense in the game (208 passing and 192 rushing), while Hickory was held to 119 combined yards, including 25 passing and 94 rushing.
The Greyhound defense also blocked two punts in the contest.
Parker gave his team a 7-0 first quarter lead after connecting with Marquis Willis.
Parker wasn't finished in the first quarter, rushing for scores on back-to-back Statesville possessions, including runs of five and seven yards.
The Greyhounds carried a 30-0 halftime lead after a two-yard touchdown run by Tristan Mumford, as well as a Jack Archibald 35-yard field goal.
Parker collected his fourth and final score in the second half â€” a nine-yard strike to Brevin Renwick â€” to seal the Statesville victory.
Hickory travels to Newton-Conover (0-1) next week.
Bunker Hill 42, Cherryville 14
The Bears shutout the Ironmen in the second half, picking up a road victory Friday in Cherryville.
Running back Jon Sweet, who transferred from St. Stephens to Bunker Hill this fall, had a memorable start to his career as a Bear.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior running back recorded four touchdowns, including three on the ground.
Teammate Justin Lynch also helped pace the Bears' rushing attack, carrying the ball 20 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
Cherryville held a 14-13 halftime lead behind a one-yard touchdown run by Darius Harris, as well as a 16-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Stamey to Rhyer Davis â€” the last play of the first half.
The Bears (1-0) took over in the second half, scoring twice on the ground in the third quarter.
Lynch and Sweet added their second rushing touchdowns of the game in the quarter. Lynch sprinted for a 42-yard scoring run, while Sweet scampered 10 yards for his TD.
Sweet scored twice for the Bears in the fourth quarter, including a four-yard run and a six-yard pass from quarterback Colton Chapman, to help the Bears pick up the 28-point victory.
Bunker Hill hosts St. Stephens (0-1) next week.
Fred T. Foard 16, North Lincoln 13
The Tigers knocked off the Knights for the second-straight year, picking up a win in Denver.
Foard sophomore quarterback Jacob Schmidt threw for two touchdowns in the contest, including an eight-yarder to Brenden Purkey and a 54-yarder to Jalen Thompson.
Schmidt finished the contest with 75 yards passing on 4-of-11 attempts and added 26 rushing yards on 12 carries.
On the ground, Foard fullback Sam Benfield had 13 carries for 54 yards.
The Tigers (1-0) host Bandys (1-0) in the second week of the season next Friday.View more articles in: