Knights run over Red Devils, sit alone atop South Fork 2A

North Lincoln scored four touchdowns in their first 13 snaps to take control of Friday night’s battle fir first place, then rolled past Newton-Conover 43-7 to take over sole possession of first place in the South Fork 2A Conference with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Red Devils used up over half of the first quarter on an opening drive that took 17 plays but ended with an interception at the Knights two-yard line, North Lincoln running back Ty Williams scored from 49 yards out on the fourth play of their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead.

The Knights would get a 31-yard TD run from quarterback Landon Beard and a 57-yard scoring run by Jake Soorus, followed by a 42-yard touchdown pass from Beard to Seth Whitley to extend the lead to 28-0.

A blocked punt by Sam Brady that went through the back of the end zone for a safety extended the lead to 30-0 by halftime and the rout was on.

The Knights (8-1, 5-0) out-gained Newton-Conover (6-3, 4-1) in total yards 425 to 248, including 359 yards on the ground. Williams finished with 173 yards on 13 carries and 3 touchdowns, and Soorus added 8 carries for 136 yards and a score.

The win for North Lincoln head coach Nick Bazzle came in his first trip back to Gurley Stadium in Newton since he resigned as Red Devils’ head coach. Bazzle led Newton-Conover to their only state championship in 2008.

South Fork 2A Scores:

North Lincoln 43, Newton-Conover 7

West Lincoln 27, Bandys 17

Maiden 28, East Lincoln 26

Lincolnton 40, Lake Norman Charter 37

Other scores:

Albemarle 60, South Davidson 8

Alexander Central 30, St. Stephens 16

Andrews 20, Copper Basin, Tenn. 6

Asheville Erwin 28, Enka 7

AC Reynolds 54, North Buncombe 6

TC Roberson 44, North Henderson 14

Ayden-Grifton 35, North Lenoir 0

South Point 29, R-S Central 22

Brevard 24, Sylva Smoky Mountain 6

Burlington Williams 21, Asheboro 14

Mountain Heritage 22, Owen 15

Union Pines 24, Southern Lee 23

Pisgah 27, Hendersonville 24

Cape Fear 7, South View 6

Carrboro 35, Burlington Cummings 20

Cary Christian 38, Grace Christian-Raleigh 13

Cary Panther Creek 28, Raleigh Athens Drive 14

Central Cabarrus 28, Concord 7

Ardrey Kell 69, Charlotte Berry Tech 13

Charlotte Catholic 23, Monroe Parkwood 14

Charlotte Christian 10, Charlotte Providence Day 7

Country Day 36, Charlotte Latin 17

Harding 14, Charlotte Providence 10

Independence 48, Charlotte Garinger 0

Mallard Creek 65, North Mecklenburg 14

Myers Park 41, East Mecklenburg 0

Olympic 28, West Mecklenburg 0

Chesterfield, S.C. 35, Carolina Pride 0

Chocowinity Southside def. Jones County, forfeit

Bunker Hill 17, West Iredell 13

Clinton 14, Wallace-Rose Hill 7

Cox Mill 31, JM Robinson 0

Concord First Assembly 43, Victory Christian Center 0

Hough 40, West Charlotte 8

Croatan 28, Richlands 21

Currituck County 45, Hertford County 27

Durham Hillside 19, Green Hope 16

Durham Jordan 38, Durham Riverside 24

Forbush 23, North Forsyth 20

East Bladen 55, East Columbus 12

East Chapel Hill 41, Chapel Hill 6

East Surry 63, North Stokes 7

East Wake 21, West Johnston 14

East Wilkes 43, Ashe County 42

Eastern Alamance 42, Morehead 6

Eastern Randolph 41, Wheatmore 21

Edenton Holmes 54, Gates County 12

Northeastern 49, Bertie County 8

Elkin 40, West Wilkes 13

Triton 48, Western Harnett 21

Fayetteville Britt 16, Hoke County 14

Fayetteville Pine Forest 27, Fayetteville Smith 26

Fayetteville Sanford 49, Fayetteville Westover 14

Fayetteville Seventy-First 34, Purnell Swett 14

Chase 55, East Rutherford 30

Franklin 27, East Henderson 0

Fuquay-Varina 34, South Garner 14

Garner 48, Apex 0

Ashbrook 36, Stuart Cramer 35

Highland Tech 36, Christ the King 6

Hunter Huss 20, Forestview 7

Goldsboro 28, James Kenan 20

Granville Central 57, Louisburg 6

Greensboro Dudley 56, Winston-Salem Parkland 12

Greensboro Page 41, High Point Central 7

Greenville Conley 51, Pikeville Aycock 25

Greenville Rose 48, Eastern Wayne 6

Halifax Academy 36, John Paul II Catholic 20

Harrells Christian 54, Raleigh Wake Christian 34

Havelock 24, Jacksonville Northside 21

Hayesville 49, Cherokee 27

Hickory 40, South Caldwell 30

Dixon 49, Pender County 8

Holly Springs 24, Friendship 21

Porter Ridge 31, Rocky River 15

Jacksonville 48, Swansboro 14

Ragsdale 34, Northwest Guilford 20

Glenn 21, Davie County 16

First Flight 43, Pasquotank County 20

Parrott Academy 63, Rocky Mount Academy 38

Burns 49, East Gaston 0

Lee County 35, Harnett Central 17

Hibriten 48, East Burke 14

Manteo 52, Perquimans 48

Forest Hills 23, Mount Pleasant 20

Weddington 52, Marvin Ridge 7

Metrolina Christian Academy 24, High Point Christian Academy 14

Mitchell County 69, Madison County 0

Monroe 36, Piedmont 15

Union Academy 47, Davidson Community School 37

Thomas Jefferson 40, Bessemer City 0

Mooresville 49, Hopewell 7

Patton 27, West Caldwell 15

Mount Airy 50, Winston-Salem Prep 20

Mountain Island Charter 56, Pine Lake Prep 0

Murphy 43, Rosman 6

New Bern 31, South Central Pitt 18

New Hanover 54, Ashley 0

Hobbton 45, Lakewood 13

Midway 28, East Duplin 24

North Davidson 42, Central Davidson 21

North Edgecombe 64, Northwest Halifax 0

North Pitt 28, North Johnston 6

North Rowan 34, North Stanly 8

North Surry 54, Surry Central 7

North Wilkes 31, Starmount 28, OT

Northampton County 38, KIPP Pride 12

Northeast Guilford 17, Western Alamance 13

Northern Durham 13, Vance County 6

Northern Guilford 26, Rockingham County 3

Northern Nash 42, Franklinton 14

Northwest Cabarrus 38, AL Brown 7

Oak Grove 21, Ledford 14, OT

Orange 32, Northwood 31

Person 48, McMichael 0

Reagan 21, East Forsyth 17

Pinetown Northside 28, South Creek 8

Polk County 35, Avery County 28

Princeton 57, North Duplin 0

Providence Grove 21, High Point Andrews 14

Cardinal Gibbons 59, Raleigh Broughton 14

Leesville Road 42, Southeast Raleigh 6

Millbrook 21, Sanderson 6

Ravenscroft 20, North Raleigh Christian 7

St. David’s def. John Paul II Catholic, forfeit

Wakefield 34, Corinth Holders 20

Randleman 56, Trinity 6

Red Springs 18, Fairmont 8

Reidsville 75, Graham 0

Richmond County 51, Lumberton 7

Roanoke Rapids 31, Oxford Webb 14

Rocky Mount 8, Wilson Fike 7

Trask 16, Lejeune 3

South Brunswick 28, Laney 0

South Granville 27, Bunn 26

South Iredell 35, East Rowan 31

South Rowan 27, Lexington 22

South Stanly 56, Chatham Central 10

South Stokes 42, Bishop McGuinness 20

SouthWest Edgecombe 70, Farmville Central 0

Southeast Guilford 30, Southern Guilford 15

Southern Alamance 36, Eastern Guilford 28

Southern Durham 55, Cedar Ridge 0

Southern Nash 48, Wilson Hunt 6

Southlake Christian 53, Hickory Grove Christian 20

Southwest Guilford 45, Western Guilford 6

Southwest Onslow 58, East Carteret 14

Overhills 41, Fayetteville Byrd 30

St. Pauls 41, West Bladen 24

Statesville 41, Jesse Carson 10

Tarboro 54, Pamlico County 8

Thomasville 48, West Davidson 10

Trinity Christian 2, Word of God Christian Academy 0

Wake Forest 31, Rolesville 30, OT

Heritage 29, Knightdale 0

Washington 42, South Lenoir 8

Washington County 59, Camden County 18

Watauga County 62, McDowell County 14

Cuthbertson 31, Sun Valley 21

Tuscola 24, West Henderson 21, OT

Weldon 66, Southeast Halifax 20

West Brunswick 33, Topsail 7

West Craven 36, Greene Central 0

West Forsyth 53, RJ Reynolds 6

West Rowan 44, North Iredell 0

West Stanly 42, Montgomery Central 6

West Stokes 31, Walkertown 0

Whiteville 56, West Columbus 0

Wilkes Central 22, Alleghany 15

Hoggard 35, North Brunswick 10

Winston-Salem Carver 32, Atkins 25

Mt. Tabor 32, Greensboro Smith 0

Vance 24, Lake Norman 21