Bandys lost in the third round of the 2AA football playoffs for the second-straight year, falling to South Iredell in Troutman on Friday, 45-14.
“We just got beat up on by a better football team,” said Bandys head coach Randy Lowman. “We knew they were a good team. We played them tough a couple of times, but I think tonight showed what kind of a football team they’ve got.”
Vikings running back LaChaston Smith scored three touchdowns in the game, including a pair of one yard runs and a 16-yard scamper, to lead his team to the victory.
South Iredell (12-2) advance to the fourth round of the football playoffs for the first time in the school’s 50-year history.
Bandys finishes its 2012 season with a 9-5 record.
The Vikings took a 21-2 halftime lead behind two touchdown runs from Smith — a University of Virginia commit.
Eythan Kramm added a three-yard scoring run in the first half for the Vikings.
Smith finished the first half with 93 rushing yards.
The Trojans’ lone scoring play of the half came when South Iredell quarterback Davin King was sacked in the end zone by Bandys senior defender Brian Spade.
In the second half, the South Iredell offense continued to roll, while the Bandys offense struggled.
Jaylon Stockton extended South Iredell’s lead to 28-2 with a eight-yard run at the 6:12 mark in the third quarter.
Smith added his third and final touchdown run of the game on a one-yard plunge with 2:43 left in the third quarter.
He finished the contest with 21 carries for 140 yards to go along with his trio of TDs.
Rasheed Degree entered for Smith in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 34-yard touchdown of his own.
Bandys added a pair of touchdowns late, including an 18-yard pass from quarterback Anthony Toscano to Hunter Lackey for their team’s first touchdown of the game with 3:07 left in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans got the ball back late, as Bandys’ Dillon Street scored from 18 yards out as time expired.
The Vikings travel to T.W. Andrews (12-1) next week for a chance to advance to the 2AA state championship game.
Lowman is unsure about returning to coach the Trojans next year, but is proud of his team’s season.
“We went through some ups and downs,” he said. “We went through some bumps and bruises. A lot of teams aren’t playing tonight. We’d like to keep playing, but South Iredell was the better team.”