Lincoln County continued its dominance over the Screaming Devils by defeating the home team 23-0 last Friday in Warren County.
The Red Devils have won the last 40 meetings with Warren County, and now lead the all-time series 58-24-1 against its most frequent opponent. The Screaming Devils' last win was 35-7 in 1971 and was the last of seven straight wins against the Red Devils.
Quay Hartfield led the Lincoln County rushing attack with 129 yards and one TD on 9 carries. Jamar Norman carried 15 times for 43 yards, and caught one pass for 35 yards and a TD.
Kickoff was right after a rain shower ended. Neither team was able to achieve a first down on their first possession and punted. Starting from his 39, David Byrne gained a first down on runs of 5 and 27. Hartfield then sprinted off the right corner for 29 yards and the first score of the night. Ryan O'Neill's PAT kick was good for a seven point lead midway the opening quarter.
The only Screaming Devils in the country put together a good drive, from their 8 to their 43 with three first downs before the Devils stopped the quarterback on third down. A 43-yard punt gave the visitors the pigskin at the LC 14.
Good runs by Hartfield and Norman picked up two first downs just before the rains hit again early in the second quarter. The drive bogged down at midfield, with O'Neill's punt being downed at the WC 4. The Devil Defense stopped Warren County, forcing a punt attempt. Their punter tried to pass, but the effort fell incomplete and the Red Devils took over at the WC 11.
Hartfield rushed for five yards, followed by a no-gain run by Norman and a five-yard run by QB LaKeith Lockhart. On 4th-&-1 at the 2, Lockhart scored with 2:42 left in the half. The PAT kick was just wide left, but the Red Devils led 13-0.
With the rain ending, the Devil Defense again played tough, not allowing a first down on Warren's next possession. Lincoln County took over near midfield after the punt. With only 89 seconds left before the bands played, Norman ran for 17 yards to the WC 35. Three plays later Lockhart hit Norman on a screen pass and Jamar rambled into the endzone. O'Neill's kick put the Devils up 20-0 at the break.
Warren County fumbled the second half kickoff with the guys in red and white recovering at the WC 20. The Red Devils gained a first down at the 10 before a fumble returned the ball to the Screaming Devils. The two teams then exchanged punts.
The Screaming Devils returned the punt to midfield, and a roughing the quarterback penalty moved Warren County to the LC 36. A 15-yard pass and a 14-yard run gave the home team 1st-&-goal at the 5. The quarterback was stopped for no gain before Norman grabbed a pass attempt and returned the pigskin about 30 yards. Unfortunately the Devils were flagged for holding on the return and had to start at their 2.
Lockhart rushed for 9 before Hartfield broke loose for 36. Lockhart added four yards to the 50. Hartfield added to his best game of the year with 40 yards down the right sideline to the 10. Four plays later O'Neill booted a 29-yard field goal with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter. Lincoln County led 23-0.
Warren County picked up two first downs on their next drive before the Devil Defense stopped them at midfield.
The Red Devils started from their 2 and managed one first down before punting back to the Screamers at the LC 48. Jalen Wade sacked the Warren County quarterback for a 12-yard loss on third down to force a punt with less than a minute left and essentially secure Lincoln County's second consecutive shutout.
The Devils improved to 4-2 with the victory. Prior to last Friday night, Lincoln County was tied with Clinch County for 18th place in the Class A Public Schools power ratings. The top 16 teams make the Class A Public Schools playoffs. Defending state champ Aquinas, winner of its last 20 games, is in 1st place in the Private Schools ratings.
This Fridays is an open date for the Red Devils. Next Friday, October 17, the Red Devils host Hancock Central in a key subregion matchup. The Bulldogs, as always loaded with good athletes, gave #1-ranked Aquinas a battle for much of last week's game. Friday night features Homecoming and Senior Recognition festivities, so be there early. The game starts at 7:30.