GAME OF THE WEEK: Week 7: East Lincoln edges Lincolnton, 12-7

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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - East Lincoln slugged out a 12-7 win over rival Lincolnton on Friday in the WSOC-TV High School Football Extra Game of the Week.

Trailing 7-3, the Mustangs tallied the final five points in the low-scoring game, starting with a 68-yard scoring strike with 1:55 to go in the third quarter.

East Lincoln's defense sealed the win with a safety in the final minute.

Lincolnton (1-5) scored a touchdown late in the first half to take a 7-3 lead.

More than 80,000 votes made Lincolnton at East Lincoln the pick for Friday night's showcase game.

Lincolnton has now dropped three in a row since defeating East Gaston three weeks ago for its first victory of the season.

East Lincoln (3-3) has won three straight after losing its first three games.

East Lincoln, three years removed from a state championship, has defeated Lincolnton in five of the past six seasons.

Lincolnton won last year's clash, 42-35.