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 Kiser’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 Knights’ rushing yards but all the passing yards as well.
Bandys took a 19-0 lead after Tewon Smith’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 Bandys’ Anthony Toscano of to Zach Huffstetler made it 33-7 in the third quarter.
Gilliam’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.
“I think we are starting to improve, but we still have a long way to go” Bevilacqua said after his team’s tough loss.
Randy Lowman also praised his teams effort.
“We were happy to get a win tonight” Lowman said. “I was concerned about a let down after the East Lincoln game so I am happy to just get a win.”
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 — all of their losses have come against Catawba County schools this season.