GAMEWELL — With help from running back Grant Yowe, the Maiden football team continued its roll in the Catawba Valley 2A on Friday.
Yowe rushed for four touchdowns, helping the Blue Devils upend winless West Caldwell on the road, 31-0.
Maiden improves to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play, setting up a pivotal conference match-up with South Iredell (5-1, 2-0) next week in Troutman.
After the Warriors (0-6, 0-2) stalled on their opening drive, the Blue Devils capitalized with a two-yard rushing touchdown by Yowe to make it 7-0 with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
Maiden forced a West Caldwell turnover in the second quarter, leading to another Yowe touchdown run of 35 yards, helping to extend the road team's lead to 14-0.
Ian Oliver's 44-yard field goal added to the Blue Devils' lead, making it 17-0 by halftime.
A 70-yard touchdown run by Yowe — his longest of the game — took place in the third quarter. He added his fourth and final touchdown run of four yards with 5:55 to go, sealing Maiden's second conference win of the season.
West Caldwell was unable to score, allowing the Blue Devils to record their first shutout of the season.
Maiden's next three games will help determine its standing in the CVAC.
After a road game with the Vikings next week, the Blue Devils host rival Bandys (4-2, 1-1) before traveling to East Burke (4-2, 2-0).
South Iredell 51, Bunker Hill 7
Without Justin Lynch, the Bunker Hill football team sputtered on offense on its way to a 51-7 loss to league-leading South Iredell on Friday.
Lynch, who entered Friday's contest as the leading rusher in the county with 910 yards, was injured three plays into the first quarter.
He didn't return to the game, finishing the night with three carries for six yards and no touchdowns.
After the Vikings (5-1, 2-0) scored on an 11-yard pass from Davin King to Jaylon Stockton, the Bears answered with a touchdown of their own.
Bunker Hill quarter Colton Chapman found receiver Casey King on a 20-yard strike to tie the game with 3:31 left in the first quarter.
That would be the only score of the game for the Bears, as South Iredell went on to tally 350 yards of total offense and receive three touchdowns each from Davin King and Eythan Kramm on their way to the 44-point rout.
South Iredell hosts Maiden (4-2, 2-0) next Friday night in Troutman in a crucial contest in the Catawba Valley 2A standings, while Bunker Hill tries to bounce back against Draughn (3-3, 0-2) in Valdese.