The Red Devils will travel to Irwinton this Friday to decide the Region 7-A crown. Kickoff is set for 7:30 against defending champion Wilkinson County.
If Lincoln County wins Friday, it will be the 7-A champion with Aquinas and Wilkinson County finishing second and third, depending on their games this week. Washington-Wilkes looks to have the fourth spot locked up, unless the 4-5 Tigers are upset Friday by Twiggs County. Unless that upset happens, Warren County will miss the playoffs this year.
If Wilkinson County wins and Aquinas loses to Warren County, the Warriors and our Devils will share the region championship, with Wilkinson getting the top seed based on head-to-head. Lincoln would be seeded second and Aquinas third.
If Wilkinson County and Aquinas win, the Warriors, the Irish, and our Red Devils will share the region championship. Wilkinson will be seeded first, Lincoln County second, and Aquinas third based on winning percentage against Class A schools.
The top seed from 7-A will host the number four team from Region 8-A in the first round of playoffs. That looks to be Commerce, whose Tigers have had a disappointing 3-6 season under a new head coach. The second seed from 7-A will host the number three team from Region 8-A, which looks to be Athens Academy. The third seed from 7-A will travel to play the second seed from 8-A, which will be the George Walton Academy Bulldogs in Monroe.
Lincoln County had little trouble whipping Twiggs County last Friday night on a cold, wet, windy evening at Buddy Bufford Field. The final count was 48-0 after a 21-0 first quarter lead. Twiggs dressed only 21 players for the game after five were removed from the team after an incident at Decatur the preceding week.
The first play from scrimmage, although nullified by an illegal shift penalty, set the tone for the night. Mason Saggus took the handoff and went the distance 59 yards to the endzone. Two plays later Craig Jones broke loose for 43 yards, to the Twiggs 16. Gunby ran in from there with 10:49 left in the first. James Spratlin continued his excellent kicking with the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
After a Cobra punt, Big Red started from the Twiggs 45. Gunby found Saggus open over the middle for the touchdown with 8:37 left in the opening period. Spratlin kicked to make it 14-0.
After another Twiggs punt, the Red Devils threatened again before a mixup on a handoff ended the possession at the 10. After a punt, Craig Jones ran in from the 34 with 5:06 left in the opening quarter.
After more punts, the Devils started from the Cobra 32. Mike McIntire rushed for 19 before backup QB Price Rogers ran for 9. McIntire bulled in for the final four yards and the fourth Devil TD in just over a quarter. Spratlin's kick gave the Devils a 28-0 advantage with 11:23 remaining in the first half.
With about seven minutes left, the Devil Defense stopped the Cobras on downs at the LC 34. McIntire broke loose first for 31 yards and then 30 yards, ending at the goal line with 5:06 left the half.
With the Devils up 34-0 at the break, the clock was run continously in the second half. Twiggs manage a net of one yard rushing in the first half.
After the Devils stopped Twiggs County on their initial possession of the second half, Jamar Norman returned the Cobra punt 24 yards to the Twiggs 6. McIntire scored from there on the next play with 8:03 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Norman rushed for 4 and then 11 yards as the Devils drove again. He then teamed with Rogers on a 28-yard pass that setup a 15-yard run by Quadarious Hunter that closed out the scoring with 3:53 left in the game.
Norman also intercepted a pass, something he has done often this season.
Jones, seeing limited action on offense, rushed for 133 yards on only 5 carries. McIntire carried 6 times for 91 yards. Gunby rushed once for 16 and the touchdown, and completed two of four pass attempts for 56 yards and a touchdown. Rogers was two of 5 for 35 yards.
The victory moves the Devils to 9-0. The win makes 2011 the ninth straight year that Lincoln County has won at least 9 games. The Red Devils have won at least 9 games in a season 35 times in the last 38 years.