BUDDY BUFFORD FIELD, LINCOLNTON -- Wilkinson County's speedy offensive juggernaut, averaging over 40 points per game during the last month, came to a screeching halt here Friday night when the Red Devils were unmasked as the real Region 7-A power. Lincoln County clinched the top playoff spot in 7-A with a 20-0 whipping of the visiting Warriors.
Wilkinson County reportedly has one of the fastest teams in the state, as documented by their teams placing first and second in the Class A 4x100 relays last spring. However, against a Devil Defense playing their best game of the season, their offense managed only 16 yards in offense, including 5 rushing on 25 carries. Their longest play of the night was 10 yards, which barely earned them their only first down. The Warriors failed on all 9 of their third-down conversion attempts.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pigskin, the Devil offense was able to move the ball but had problems getting to the paydirt. On their first possession, the Devils drove to the 2 before turning the ball over on downs. The game was scoreless at the half.
Some great coaching in the Lincoln County locker room at the half produced dramatic results in the third quarter. Jafabian Green proved he could outrun the Warriors when he scored on a 61-yard ramble just 64 seconds into the second half. Tavious McGahee did the same thing, from the 53, after Alex Ellis intercepted a pass. Our Devils suddenly led 14-0 midway the third.
But as Lincoln County found out last year in Irwinton, the Warriors are known to never give up. They didn't, but our Devils were certainly up to the task. Our Defense kept the Warriors in check, while Vance Tarver booted field goals of 25 and 32 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Wilkinson's powerful offense never got closer than the LC 30. It's strong defense allowed nearly 3 times as many points as it had in the previous 5 games combined (7 to W-W).
The win gives our Devils at least a share of the Region 7-A title, the 30th region championship in the last 35 years. The 8th win of the season makes 2008 the 35th time in the last 36 years that our Devils have won at least 8 games.
The Devils play at Warren County's new stadium next Friday night, and will then host a playoff game on November 14.
Chronicle: Red Devils power way past Warriors
(Photos courtesy Sparky Newsome and The Lincoln Journal.)