Red Devils keep pace in the CVAC, topple Bears

Both with identical 4-3 records entering Friday's conference contest, the Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill football teams were heading in different directions. That trend continued.

The Red Devils scored 31-straight points on their way to a 38-14 victory against the Bears.

After winning its third-straight game, Newton-Conover improves to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Catawba Valley 2A.

Bunker Hill drops its fourth-straight contest, falling to 4-4 overall and staying winless at 0-4 in conference play.

The Bears took an early 8-0 lead behind a 58-yard touchdown run by Justin Lynch and a two-point conversion.

Chandler Johnson helped put the Red Devils on the board with a 38-yard field goal — the first points in a long scoring run by Newton-Conover.

On the next Red Devils' drive, quarterback Kevin Cline connected on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Sam Avis, giving his team a 10-8 lead.

"We came out flat" said N-C coach Brint Russell. "I thought we responded, though, after they scored first."

Newton-Conover added two more touchdowns before halftime, including an 18-yard run by Nick Baker and a 15-yard run by Cline, to make it 24-8.

"Everyone's dedication to the program," said N-C quarterback Kevin Cline. "That has made a difference on this team."

After a scoreless third quarter, Baker added his second touchdown run of the game from seven yards out.

"We played tough in the second half" Baker said. "We were flat early on, but we have to keep it going."

The Bears ended the Red Devils' run by scoring on a Delone Goss seven-yard run. Goss, along with teammate Jordan Eckard, played a majority of the second half replacing both Justin Lynch and Jon Sweet.

N-C fullback Matt Coulter added the final score of the game from eight yards out, completing the 38-14 tally in the contest.

Newton-Conover returns home Friday to play Draughn (4-4, 1-3) on "Senior Night," while Bunker Hill faces West Caldwell (0-8, 0-4) Friday in Claremont.