Devils Win Over Commerce, Lose Middlebrooks

September 28, 2009

COMMERCE - Lincoln County played its best overall game of the year to defeat the Commerce Tigers 20-12, but lost its star running back to a season-ending injury.

Teams swapped possessions without much headway until midway the second when our Devils put together a 12-play drive that ended with Garrett Mohr scoring from one yard out on a QB sneak. The Tigers returned fire, scoring on a 20-yard pass when the Commerce receiver got behind our defenders. The PAT kick was low, leaving our Devils up 7-6. Mohr hit on passes of 35, 9, and 15 yards to give the Devils a chance to score with a second remaining, but the effort came up about 4 inches short of the goalline.

Commerce took advantage of a 40-yard kickoff return and scored on a 15-yard run with 10:40 left in the third quarter.

Our Devils came right back, moving down the field quickly. The big play of the drive was a 35-yard run by A. G. Middlebrooks to the 10. Unfortunately he broke his leg on the play, and his Red Devil football career is over. Two plays later, Franklin Sherman connected with Devonte Wright for 6 yards and a 13-12 lead. A run-for-2 play failed, but the Devils led with 7:31 remaining in the third.

Sherman capped a 19-play, 10-minute drive with a 2-yard run with 5:03 left in the game. Walker Smith's kick put our Devils up 20-12.

After forcing the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs with 3:27 left and rushing for a first down at the Tiger 25, the game looked to be all-but-out-of-reach for the home team, Lincoln's only lost fumble of the game gave the Tigers new life with 1:15 left. They quickly passed their way to the Devil 40 before the Devil Defense held firm.