With 238 yards rushing and 86 yards passing, A. G. Middlebrooks could not be stopped by the Irish last Friday night as Lincoln County whipped Aquinas 42-16.
Middlebrooks scored on back-to-back runs of 76 and 80 yards in the third quarter to break open what was a close 14-13 game at the half. He then scored on a 59-yard pass from Bo Reed with 4:49 left in the contest to close out the scoring.
His 8 carries and 3 receptions for 324 yards averaged nearly 30 yards a touch. He also had a 24-yard touchdown run called back in the second quarter due to a holding penalty.
The game against the pesky Aquinas team was marked by a number of miscues by our Devils. These included 12 penalties for 100 yards, which nullified 3 touchdowns. Our Devils also turned the ball over 4 times.
Despite those problems, Lincoln totaled 560 yards in offense and won its first region game of the year.
Aquinas took the lead midway the first quarter on a 36-yard field goal. Two minutes later Josh Sims gave the Devils the lead on an 8-yard run. Franklin Sherman scored from the 1, with Tarver's PAT kick giving the Devils a 14-3 lead.
The Aquinas QB broke loose on a 31-yard run to close the gap, and then a second field goal as the half ended close the gap to a single point, 14-13.
Middlebrooks got the second half started with his 76-yard run. A good kickoff return put the Irish in scoring position, but the Devil Defense ended the threat on downs. A fumble on the next play let to the third Irish field goal, cutting the lead to 21-16. One play later Middlebrooks was off to the races again. Sims added a second TD on a 3-year run early in the fourth before Middlebrooks 59-yard pass reception.