BUDDY BUFFORD FIELD, LINCOLNTON -- It was one of those nights when almost nothing went right for the Red Devils.
Penalties, turnovers, and poor pass defense almost gave Warren County its first win over Lincoln County since 1971. Trailing 18-7 going into the fourth, our Red Devils rallied to win 19-18.
The Screaming Devils jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to passes of 37, 35, and 20 yards. Our Devils came storming back with Franklin Sherman rushing for 25 and then 12 yards to give our Devils 1st-&-goal at the 1. As the Devils rushed again for the final yard, the pigskin came bouncing out of the pile and a Warren defender scooped it at the 5 and headed for the other endzone. The PAT run failed, but the Screaming Devils led 12-0 with 11:44 left in the first half.
Our Devils again drove, but turned the ball over on downs at the WC 30. The visitors fumbled it right back. Craig Jones rushed for 13, with Steven Morris gaining 5. DeVonte Wright scrambled for 15 and the Red Devils first points of the night. Walker Smith's kick cut the WC lead to 12-7 with 6:29 left in the half. The score remained 12-7 at intermission as neither team threatened again in the first half.
After exchanging punts to open the second half, Wright returned a WC punt to the Warren 25. An unsportsmanlike penalty gave the Devils 1st-&-10 at the WC 12. Penalties pushed our Devils way back, and a fumble gave Warren County the ball at the LC 41. Four plays later the Screaming Devil QB scored from the 9. The PAT pass attempt failed, but Warren County led Lincoln County 18-7 with 2:00 left in the third.
But our Red Devils would not go quietly. Jathan Mickens returned the kickoff 40 yards to midfield. Morris rushed for 15, then Jones and Wright took turns rushing for big yards to the WC 1. On 2nd-&-goal, Sherman scored on a quarterback sneak. The PAT pass attempt failed, and our Devils trailed by 5 with 11:01 to go in the game.
The Screaming Devils put together their best time-consuming drive of the night, moving into Devil territory and taking 5 minutes off the clock. Tavious McGahee gave the Devil faithful hope when he intercepted a pass and returned it about 50 yards to the WC 22. Steven Morris rushed for 12 before DeVonte Wright slashed in from the 10 for the go-ahead score with 5:20 left. McGahee grabbed another Screaming Devil pass on their next and final possession, and the Devil offense picked up 2 first downs to wind down the clock and secure the victory.
Craig Jones led the offense with 92 yards on 16 carries. DeVonte Wright scored twice and rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries. Franklin Sherman had 10 carries for 51 yards and one TD.
Warren County managed only 42 yards rushing on 28 attempts, but 4 passes accounted for 129 yards.