WARRENTON - Lincoln County's high school became only the second in Georgia to win 700 football games with a 49-6 whipping of Warren County's Screaming Devils here last Friday night.
Only about 40 schools in the country have reached the 700-win milestone. In 90 years, teams from Lincoln County have 700 wins against 247 losses and 23 ties.
It's fitting the milestone win came against Warren County since that county has been the Devils' most frequent opponent with 56 wins in 82 meetings. A Larry Campbell team has never lost to Warren County.
With the win, the Devils improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 7-A. Lincoln County travels to Augusta this THURSDAY night to take on the undefeated Aquinas Irish. A huge crowd is expected for what may be Aquinas' best opportunity to defeat the Devils in 40 years.
The Irish are led by running back Brendan Douglas, Class A Player of the Year last season and a Division I prospect. Douglas, a standout on offense and defense, has other good runners in the backfield with him. The game will be broadcast live on WJBF 6.2, with a rebroadcast Sunday on WJBF 6.
The Devil Defense was outstanding, holding the Screaming Devils to less than 50 yards of offense. It also grabbed four turnovers - 3 fumbles and 1 interception which was returned for a touchdown.
The Red Devils quickly took control of the game, establishing a 21-point lead with just over four minutes elapsed. Ben Turner connected with Zireycus Letman for 14 yards and a first down at the WC 45 on the opening possession. Turner rushed for 4 followed by 1 by Mike McIntire. McIntire, the leading groundgainer with 126 yards on 13 carries, broke two tackles for a 14-yard gain. Jalen Franklin then rushed for 11 to the LC 15. McIntire scored from there with 9:21 left in the first period. James Spratlin booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
The Screaming Devils started from their 20 and gained 2 on a run. They then tried a pass, but Dayshawn Taylor snared the interception and scampered into the endzone 20 yards away. Spratlin's kick put the Devils up by 14 with 8:52 left in the first.
Warren County returned the ensuing kickoff 10 yards before fumbling with Jalen Wade recovering for the Red Devils at the WC 23. Two plays later Turner and Letman combined for the 20-yard TD pass. Spratlin continued his perfect streak of PAT kicks to give the visitors a 21-0 lead with 7:55 left in the first.
The Screaming Devils put together a 15-play, 68-yard drive that was aided by penalties on the Devil Defense. The Devil Defense stiffened, and a fourth down pass fell incomplete ending the threat. The two teams then exchanged punts.
Lincoln County started from its 8, and two plays backed them up to the 3. McIntire then blasted through and had to be caught from behind by a fast Screaming Devil. His gallop was good for 70 yards to the WC 27. Three pass attempts came up incomplete and a motion penalty moved the Red Devils back 5 yards. Turner then hit Jamar Norman on a back screen, with Norman gaining 27 yards to the 5. Turner rushed in untouched from there for the score. Spratlin did the PAT honor for a 28-0 lead with 5:33 left before Warren County's Homecoming.
Lakeith Lockhart handled quarterback duties on the next Lincoln County possession. McIntire had two big runs of 9 yards each with Lockhart running for 14. Lockhart then scored from the 12 with 2:25 left in the half. The PAT gave the Red Devils a 35-0 halftime lead.
Midway the third Lockhart recoved a Warren fumble at the LC 48. Turner rushed for 7. Quadarious Hunter rushed for 10 to the WC 35. Turner passed 15 yards to Blake Murray before running for 9 himself. Hunter then scored from 16 yards out with 6:28 left in the third. The PAT put the Red Devils up 42-0.
Late in the quarter Warren County intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for its only score of the night. The PAT run failed, leaving the score 42-6 with 33 seconds left in the third.
Jamar Norman returned the following kickoff 85 yards for the final touchdown of the night. Spratlin continued his kicking streak for a 49-6 advantage with 19 seconds left in the third.
The final quarter was played with a running clock, per GHSA rules regarding a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter.