The Lincolnton Red Devils fielded a vastly improved team this year in their initial game of the gridiron season against Coach Charlie Brake's fast moving eleven from Warrenton here last Friday night. The local gridsters played on practically even terms the first half with their opponents, but succumbed in the final frames to a severe attack of fumbilitis and general defensive weakness.
Warrenton grabbed an early lead after Warren Debaugerine raced sixty five yards on the first play of the game to within striking distance of the double stripe. Purnell Davis carried it over for the first marker and tossed a pass to Alton Jackson to put the Blue Devils ahead 7-0 with less than three minutes playing time having elapsed.
Lincolnton carme roaring back in the second quarter with Harvey Goldman spearheading a 93-yard drive aided by Johnny Freeman and Buster Martin. Freeman climaxed the push by going over from the two-yard line. The attempt for the extra point was missed and the score at half-time stood: Warrenton 7, Lincolnton 6.
A drive deep into Warrenton territory in the third period ended fifteen yards short of the goal as Lincolnton fumbled when it appeared they were headed for their second marker. Warrenton took over with Tack Johnson providing the steam as they marched to their second TD and extra point.
Again in the final stanza Tack Johnson electrified the crowd with a brilliant 70-yard run to set up the final score before Davis smashed over.
Warrenton 7 0 7 7 - 21
Lincolnton 0 6 0 0 - 6
Warrenton: Davis 2; Johnson, EP; Todd 2; Jackson.
NOTE: The name of Billy Wells, a seasoned veteran, was inadvertently omitted from the roster of players last week.
This Friday the Red Devils will hit the road to twice-defeated Louisville where they will meet the Red Raiders in their second Region 1-C, Eastern division encounter.