32 Magic Number in TigerTown

September 15, 2007

The number 32 seems to have been the magic number of the day for our Red Devils as they trounced their arch-rival Washington-Wilkes Tigers 32-0 in Tiger Stadium Saturday.

The game was delayed from the night before due to lightning. The 2:00 kickoff may be the earliest for an outside game in over 50 years.

The win by Big Red tied the heated series at 32 wins for our Devils, 32 wins for those Tigers, and 6 ties.

Then there's the big plays. Lincoln County took the lead with 34 seconds left in the opening quarter on a 32-yard pass from Austin Goldman to Wilkes Goolsby. A. G. Middlebrooks scampered in from 18 yards out midway the second quarter to give our Devils a 14-0 halftime lead.

Vance Tarver booted a 35-yard field goal with 7:56 left in the third.

Then came the fourth and more "32"s. A 32-yard halfback pass from Middlebrooks to Goolsby setup a 4-yard TD run by Carlous Hearst with 9:30 left in the game. The Devils went for two and made it with Bo Reed passing to Jafabian Green. That made the score 25-0, a reminder of the 2005 Class A title game between the two schools.

The final points came on a 32-yard run by Hearst.

Our Devils also had a 50-yard punt return for touchdown called back due to a questionable clipping penalty.

The Tigers have now failed to score a touchdown on our Devils for 14 quarters, dating back to the second quarter of the first 2005 meeting. W-W looked to have a certain touchdown in the second quarter before their runner fumbled at the LC 2 with our Devils recovering.

The win moved head coach Larry Campbell into fourth place alone on the national all-time win list with 406.

The young Tigers fall to 0-3 in 2007, while our Devils are 3-0 and will enjoy a week off before hosting Aquinas in region competition September 28.

[click here for Jeff Sentell's Chronicle story: Delay doesn't cost Red Devils in rout]