Newton-Conover came up short on a critical fourth-and-18 hook-and-lateral play with under one minute to play, and as a result, the Red Devils came up short on an upset win over undefeated South Iredell.
After trailing 7-0, the home-standing Red Devils scored 12 unanswered points to take a lead over the Vikings. A 10-yard run by quarterback Kevin Cline and a five-yard run by Matt Coulter put Newton-Conover ahead 12-7 in the second quarter.
South Iredell’s Cameron Mattox regained the lead before halftime, 15-12, but the game was far from finished.
Newton-Conover’s Josue Moscotte booted a 20-yard field goal to tie the game in the second half.
South Iredell took a 22-15 lead with a 31-yard touchdown run by Quataye Smyre, but Newton-Conover had one last opportunity to tie the game.
The Devils put together a strong drive late in the game, keyed by a long punt return by Nick Baker. However, a penalty on fourth-and-seven, put the Newton-Conover up against a fourth-and-18 play. Yet, the play appeared to work.
Cline connected with Sam Avis on an 18-yard pass, and the wide receiver lateraled to Baker, who appeared to get close to the line to gain.
Officials ruled him short, and with less than a minute left in the game South Iredell took over and was able to run out the clock.
With the loss, Newton-Conover falls to 4-6 and 1-5 in conference play, while the Vikings remain perfect at 10-0, 6-0.