A look at what transpired on the local gridiron in Week 9.

North Lincoln 21, Maiden 19: North Lincoln improved to 6-2 overall, and to a perfect 4-0 in the South Fork 2A conference with their 21-19 win at Maiden.

Clayton Cribb led the Knight offense with a pair of rushing touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth. Maiden was led by Caleb McDaniel on both sides of the ball, with his two rushing touchdowns-one interception performance. Quarterback Bain Sipe also added a passing touchdown for the Blue Devils.

Maiden falls to 5-3 overall, and 1-3 in conference play. The Blue Devils travel to East Lincoln next week. North Lincoln improves to 6-2, and remains in a first place tie with Bandys in the South Fork 2A conference at 4-0.

Bandys 35, East Lincoln 14: The Bandys Trojans jumped out to an early 28-0 lead at halftime, and the Trojans never looked back on the way to their 35-14 victory over East Lincoln.

The Trojan defense kept the Mustangs out of the endzone until the final quarter as Bandys improved to 7-1 overall, and remained in a first place tie with North Lincoln in the South Fork 2A conference, at 4-0. The Trojans travel to West Lincoln next week.

East Lincoln’s four game win streak was snapped as the Mustangs fell to 4-4 overall, and 2-2 in conference play. East Lincoln hosts Maiden next week.

West Lincoln 20, Lincolnton 14: Nakathon Phansook ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and Brendon Ikard 119 yards and a score as West Lincoln (7-1, 3-1) defeated the Wolves 20-14 Friday night at Lincolnton.

After the Wolves scored on a 61-yard pass play from E.J. Manjarres to James Woods on the opening play of the game, the Rebels answered with a 5-yard scoring run by Phansook to tie the game at seven.

Phansook added a 2-yard touchdown in the second period, but Lincolnton tied the game at 14 all late in the half on a 2-yard Caden Wyatt run.

Ikard’s 17-yard touchdown run with 2:30 to play in the third quarter was the only score of the second half.

Thomas Jefferson 68, Highland Tech 12: Nursing several injuries, the Thomas Jefferson took a conservative game plan into their homecoming game with Highland Tech 68-12 Friday. Nomi McMullens threw for two touchdown passes to Matthew Barnhart and ran for another while the Gryphon bench played most of the second half with a running clock.

The Gryphons, a spread team, were without their top three receivers due to injury and the tight end stepped up with touchdown receptions of 54 and 18 yards in the first quarter. The only highlights for the Rams came when Caleb Hill scored on a one yard sneak and Drew Bruton had a 75 yard kickoff return.

Highland Tech (3-4) will look to snap a four game skid as they host Cherryville while TJCA (8-0) hosts Bessemer City.

Chase 33, East Gaston 7: East Gaston hung around early, but was outscored 25-0 over the final three quarters in a 33-7 loss to Chase Friday night on the road.

The Trojans (3-5, 1-1) struck first on a five yard touchdown run from quarterback Damian Boykins less than four minutes in. After a successful two-point conversion pass from Boykins to Keith Godfrey, Chase led 8-0 at the 8:13 mark of the opening quarter. The Warriors (0-8, 0-2) answered with a 16-yard TD run from Brodie Hilton late in the first quarter to pull within 8-7, but that was as close as the visitors would get as Chase dominated the scoreboard for the rest of the night.

The Trojans made it 14-7 on an 11-yard scoring scamper from Leshon Lipscomb at the 10:46 mark of the second quarter, while a 32-yard halfback pass from Elijah McDowell to Garrett Hampton made it 20-7 with 1:55 remaining until halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Chase scored twice in the fourth. Boykins found Caleb Lanser for a 7-yard TD strike with 11:22 left and later connected with Hampton for a 10-yard TD to account for the final score.

The Warriors' Hilton led all rushers with 185 yards and Jaxon Cogdill was their leading receiver with two catches for 17 yards.

East Gaston visits Shelby next Friday.

Rock Hill 27, Clover 17: There aren’t many plays in the playbook for 3rd-and-30, to paraphrase an old saying. Well, there might be one.

Rock Hill faced that exact situation Friday night, with just a three-point lead and time winding down. The Bearcats snapped the ball to Hayden Jackson, who handed off to Narii Gaither around the left side. Gaither found the edge, took off, and ran 73 yards to the end zone to cap a huge night. Gaither’s 200-plus yards and three scores helped guide the Bearcats to a 27-17 win at Clover Friday night.

“You wanna get the football to your best players, first of all,” said a still-incredulous Rock Hill coach Bubba Pittman of the play after the game. “We were gonna try to run the football there, and hope that something good would happen. (…) Narii busted out of there, and that’s just him, man. He’s just a great football player.”

Mountain Island Charter 54, Community School of Davidson 24: Elijah Burris rushed for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns as Mountain Island Charter rolled to its third straight Southern Piedmont 1A win.

“(Burris) is playing great,” said Mountain Island Charter football coach Robert Washington. “Tonight was probably the most carries he’s had all year. But we wanted to feed him.”

In addition to the junior running back’s big night, Washington believes his team got better as a whole.

“Since the loss to Bessemer City, we’ve bounced back and learned how to come back from adversity,” he said. “I think we are growing as a team, and got better as a team. Everyone sees Burris’ individual accolades, but there are no superstars on this team. Our offensive line blocks for him, our receivers block for him. The wins are a total team effort.”