Lincoln County's Red Devils whipped the visiting Twiggs County Cobras 47-8 to improve their season mark to 4-0.
The undefeated Devils were ranked number 10 in the Class A Public poll going into the game. They are off to their best start since 2011, and are ranked for the first time since 2013.
The highlight of the game was a 50-yard field goal by Ryan O'Neill as the first half ended. The fantastic kick is one of the longest, if not the longest, in Red Devil history.
Quay Hartfield led the offensive attack with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, plus a 23-yard pass reception. The Devil Defense grabbed three interceptions.
The Devils started fast and never looked back. Midarious Roberts sanpped an interception on Twiggs' third play, 92 seconds into the game. Starting from their own 30, the Devils moved the ball well on the ground: Roberts for 9 and Jayden Robinson for 5 before Hartfield made two good cuts to gain 17 and a first down at the Twiggs 40. David Byrne then ran left and tight-roped the home sideline to the seven. Quarterback Javon Reid rolled out right on a keeper for the touchdown with 8:11 to go in the opening quarter. The PAT kick went wide left.
The Cobras put together several good runs and moved the pigskin from their 22 to the LC 40. Trajan Crawford sacked the Twiggs quarterback for a four yard loss on 4th-and-7 to get the ball back.
Jamal Norman and Xavier Gartrell led the blocking for Hartfield who rushed for 38 yards to the Cobra 18. Norman gained 12 to the six. Hartfield, small but strong, then carried two Cobras to the two. Reid called his own number and scored up the middle. The Devils faked the PAT kick with holder Blake Beggs passing to Roberts standing in the endzone for two points. The Devils led 14-0 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
The Devil Defense forced a punt to end Twiggs' next offensive try. Starting from near midfield, Hartfield juked two defenders and scampered 24 yards to the Cobra 30. Tydarius Elam went right side for 17 more. Hartfield rushed for five and then the final eight for the third touchdown. Ryan O'Neill's PAT kick was good for a 21-0 lead with 10:13 left in the first half.
O'Neill booted the kickoff and then had to do either the dream or nightmare for kickers - make the TD-saving tackle of the returner after he ran the ball back 50 yards to the LC 40. After a reverse gained nine yards, the Cobras scored on a 31-yard pass. The same combination made good the two-point conversion, cutting the Devil lead to 21-8 with 9:11 left before intermission.
Reid hit Hartfield on a great pass/catch play for 23 yards to the Cobra 35. Hartfield then gained 18. Two plays later Roberts went right and almost untouched into the end zone. The kick made the scored 28-8 with 7:20 left before the bands played.
Elam intercepted a Cobra pass at their 49, went left and then curved back right on a 36-yard return to the Cobra 13. Reid rushed for three, and then passed ten yards to Roberts for the touchdown. The kick went wide, but the Devils led 34-8 with 5:04 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded punts until Big Red took over at the Cobra 29 with only six seconds left in the half. One play lost four yards. The field goal team hustled onto the field and lined up for a 50-yard attempt. The Devils and their fans held their breath until O'Neill's kick sailed through the goal posts for a 37-8 halftime advantage.
The Devils drove to open the third quarter, but a fumble ended the threat. Lincoln stopped a fake punt attempt short of the line-to-gain, and took over at the Cobra 44. Norman and Hartfield combined for 20 yards before Roberson broke two tackles for first-and-goal at the eight. Norman rushed for five yards. Hartfield then scored form the three with 3:40 left in the quarter. O'Neill's kick put the Devils up 44-8.
Roberts grabbed another Cobra pass a minute later. With Beggs at QB and the clock running, the Devils drove to the Cobra 6. O'Neill booted a 24-yard field goal with 9:19 left in the game to close out the scoring at 47-8.
This Friday, the Devils hit the road to Macon to battle First Presbyterian. The strong Vikings are 2-1 after a 56-21 win over GMC last Friday. Their lone loss was to undefeated Howard of Macon, a AAAA school. Kickoff is slated for 7:30.