WARRENTON - Lincoln County's domination of Warren County continued last Friday night with a 27-0 whipping of the home-standing Screaming Devils.
Warren County had won its last seven meetings with the Red Devils before September 12, 1972, when a young coach named Larry Campbell, in his third game as head coach, led Lincoln County to his first win ever, 27-10. Starting with that game, the Red Devils have won their last 37 games with Warren County.
Garrett Mohr completed all 3 of his pass attempts for 53 yards, and rushed 7 times for 55 yards and one TD. Craig Jones led the rushing attack with 14 carries for 86 yards and two TDs. Franklin Sherman completed 4 of 12 pass attempts for 58 yards.
After stopping the Screaming Devils on their first possession, Lincoln County quickly went for the big play. Franklin Sherman connected with Mason Saggus deep over the middle for an apparent 52-yard touchdown, but a motion penalty brought the play back.
The Devil Defense played well all night long, including the second Warren drive. The Screaming Devils attempted a punt, but Garrett Mohr blocked the kick and recovered the pigskin at the WC 29. Five plays later Craig Jones bulled into the endzone from the five with 12 seconds left in the opening quarter. An offsides penalty against Warren County on the point-after attempt led the Devils to try for two, with Sherrod Jones scoring for an 8-0 lead.
The second quarter was a defensive slugfest that kept the punters busy.
Craig Jones broke a long run to open the second half, but a fumble gave the ball to the Screaming Devils. Craig Jones again scored from the 5 when the Red Devils next got the ball. Three times on the drive the LC offense converted on third down. The PAT run for two failed, leaving LC up 14-0 with 3:55 remaining in the third quarter.
The Devil Defense forced another Warren County punt, which Ercell Daniel returned about 40 yards. Mohr passed to Saggus for 21 yards. Mohr then sprinted to the endzone but fumbled just short of the goalline as he was tackled. Offensive lineman Charles Folger scooped the loose ball and scored with 2:17 left in the third. Dylan Arthur kicked his 19th straight extra point for a 21-0 Lincoln County advantage.
After more punts, the Red Devils took over with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest. Mohr again showed he liked running the ball with a 19-yard ramble that ended with a Screaming Devil getting bowled over by the Devil QB. The big hit Mohr put on the defender had the Lincoln County fans oohing and ahhing well after the play ended. Tyler Banks caught a pass for a 14-yard gain before Mohr rushed into the right corner of the endzone with 5:23 left in the game for the final score of the night.
This week Lincoln County will host Hancock Central at Buddy Bufford Field, with kickoff at 7:30. Hancock gave Twiggs County a tough test last Friday, with three overtimes needed before the Cobras won 26-20.
In other games involving Region 7-A schools, Washington-Wilkes won its first game of the year with a 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Class AAA's Oconee County. Wilkinson County edged Aquinas 13-7 in a game that involved teams that had been ranked in the Class A top 10.