(Photo courtesy Teresa Schick)
The Lincolnton Wolves fell 10-7 at Stuart Cramer Monday evening in the completion of the season opener that was suspended on Thursday night due to thunderstorms.
With the score tied 7-7 when the two teams returned to the field on Monday, the Storm was facing a fourth down and six from the Wolves’ 17-yard line. The Stuart Cramer coaching staff decided against a 34-yard field goal attempt, and ran for a first down to extend the drive.
Four plays later, however, Jackson Mammano’s 29-yard field goal gave the Storm a 10-7 lead just seconds into the fourth quarter.
Lincolnton would drive all the way to the Cramer 8-yard line late in the contest, but a run for negative yards and a costly penalty put the offense in a tough situation. On third and long, Patrick Abernathy picked off a Wolves’ pass and the Storm was able to run out the clock by taking a knee on their final three snaps.
The Stuart Cramer defense held Lincolnton to 160 yards of total offense, including just 59 on the ground and six first downs. Quarterback E.J. Manjarres did throw for 101 yards on 9 of 19 passing with a pair of interceptions. His 29-yard scramble on Thursday accounted for the Wolves touchdown.
Malachy McGrisken led the Wolves’ defense with 12 tackles, while Bernard Wingate recorded 9 tackles and a sack.
There were some bright spots for the Wolves, who were coming off on a 2-9 season in 2018. First-year head coach Joe Glass was particularly pleased with how hard his team played from start to finish, and the aggressive play on the defensive side of the ball.
Lincolnton (0-1) will host South Point this Friday in their home opener. Stuart Cramer (1-0) will play at Catawba Ridge (Fort Mill, S.C.).
Statistics provided by Roger Cranford