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The Bandys Trojans got off to somewhat of a slow start early. When the offense got going behind the running of Devan Davis, Jackson Gilliam, and Dominique Young, however, Bandys ran for 131 first-half yards, scored 33 points and routed the North Lincoln Knights 54-7 at Gary Butler Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
Bandys (4-0) racked up 287 total yards with 156 of those coming in the second half.
In the first quarter. the Trojans defense got Bandys on the scoreboard. Austin Kiserâ€™s five-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown gave Bandys an early 7-0 advantage with 7:13 to play in the first quarter.
Later, the Trojans struck again with a nine-play, 68-yard drive that featured several runs by Young. Davis made he score 13-0 with a 16-yard touchdown run.
North Lincoln failed to get a first down until the second quarter, but got its biggest play on a run by quarterback Cory Blake. He not only had all the Knightsâ€™ rushing yards but all the passing yards as well.
Bandys took a 19-0 lead after Tewon Smithâ€™s five-yard scoring run was set up by a long punt return by Hunter Lackey.
The Trojans pulled away when Gilliam became the fourth Trojan player to score making it 26-0 late in the second quarter.
The Knights responded when Blake hit his longest pass of the night to wide receiver Jeremy Brotherton making the score 26-7 at halftime.
The second half was more of the same as Gilliam edged close to 100 yards rushing with a 65-yard scoring run to make the score 40-7. The Gilliam score came after a 14-yard scoring pass from Bandysâ€™ Anthony Toscano of to Zach Huffstetler made it 33-7 in the third quarter.
Gilliamâ€™s finished the night with 85 yards rushing on six carries. Toscano finished the night 8-of-10 for 125 yards passing.
The Knights had more than 100 penalty yards as coach Zach Bevilacqua praised his teams efforts against Bandys.
â€śI think we are starting to improve, but we still have a long way to goâ€ť Bevilacqua said after his teamâ€™s tough loss.
Randy Lowman also praised his teams effort.
â€śWe were happy to get a win tonightâ€ť Lowman said. â€śI was concerned about a let down after the East Lincoln game so I am happy to just get a win.â€ť
Smith added another scoring run from six yards out to make the score 47-7 with 6:04 remaing in the third quarter. The Trojans only scored once more after that, adding a six yard scoring run by Zach Johnson to put the icing on the cake in a 54-7 win.
Bandys improves to 4-0 and now gets ready for the toughest part of their schedule heading into Catawba Valley Athletic Conference play. North Lincoln has yet to get a win â€”Â all of their losses have come against Catawba County schools this season.View more articles in: