Lincoln County needs a win over Aquinas this Friday in Augusta to earn a spot in the Region 7-A championship game the following week.
The Red Devils suffered one of their worst losses in over four decades last Friday in Greensboro when the Greene County Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit to win 42-14.
The 28-point region loss matched a defeat at the hands of the Aquinas Irish three years ago. Those are the biggest region losses since 1972.
Lincoln County, Aquinas, and Washington-Wilkes are tied for the lead in Region 7-A subregion B with 3-1 records and one game to go. The Tigers upset the Irish 43-19 last Friday. Like the Tigers from Greene County, the W-W Tigers had a great second half to end the Irish's 23-game region winning streak. Washington-Wilkes will host Warren County this Friday.
If the Tigers win over Warren, they and the winner of the LC-Aquinas game will be tied at 4-1. If Lincoln defeats Aquinas, most likely the Devils will host the 7-A finals. Undefeated Tattnall Square leads Subregion A, with a game against Stratford Academy this week.
The Red Devils' first outdoor and first regular season game on artificial turf started well. Big Red took the opening kickoff but failed to gain a first down. A 51-yard punt backed the Tigers to their 20. With penalties and the Devil Defense, the Tigers backtracked to their 12. After they punted, LC took over at the GC 46.
QB Javon Reid rushed for seven and then nine yards to the GC 35. He then faked the handoff to Quay Hartfield before rushing up the middle for 20 yards. Hartfield had two runs of five yards each to setup 1st-&-goal at the five. Three more runs garnered only four yards. On fourth down, Reid lined up in shotgun then ran to the line, took the snap, and the pile moved forward into the endzone. With William LeRoy's PAT kick, the Devils led 7-0 with three minutes left in the opening quarter.
Greene County returned the next kickoff 35 yards to its 47. Their outstanding back had the first of many big runs. This time is was for 23 yards to the LC 30. After the Devil Defense stopped the drive, a 41-yard field goal attempt fell short.
The Devils gained one first down on their next possession, but had to punt. The officials first signalled that a Tiger had touched the pigskin and the Devils had recovered at the GC 30. The guys in stripes huddled, and then the Tigers had the ball.
Greene County ran for one first down before the Devil Defense again stopped the home team. Starting from its 28, Lincoln ran the pigskin ten times with Reid and Hartfield picking up yards. Reid found Ty Elam open behind the Tigers for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 2:35 left in the half. LeRoy put the Devils up 14-0.
Two runs followed by a 25-yard touchdown run cut the lead in half with 1:51 left before intermission.
Lincoln used two passes and a personal foul penalty to reach the Tiger 36 before an interception in the end zone ended the threat with 23 seconds left. Lincoln County led 14-7 at the break.
The Devils kicked off to start the second half, and had the Tigers facing 4th-&-7 at the GC 43. The Tigers best player is also their punter, and he faked the kick and ran for 19 yards. A personal foul penalty on the play added 19. That play would be the turning point of the game. He then went untouched 23 yards into the end zone with just under 10 minutes left in the third. The extra point tied the game at 14-all.
The Devils fumbled at midfield on their next possession. Two plays later the Tigers scored on a 26-yard pass. Greene led 21-14 with 8:09 left in the third.
The Devils gained one first down on their next possession before punting. The Tigers drove from their 33 to the LC 31, where they faced 4th-&-2. Their big guy, who was also a force passing and on defense, again ran untouched to paydirt. The 31-yard scoring play came with just under a minute left in the quarter. Greene led 28-14 on their Homecoming night.
The Tigers would score twice more in the fourth quarter, on runs of 16 and 44 runs.
Reid finished the game with 102 yards on 18 carries, and completed seven of 21 passes for 81 yards. Ty Elam led receivers with four catches for 54 yards.
The all-important game in Augusta this Friday starts at 7:30. The Irish will be trying for their fourth straight win over the Devils, and their fourth trip to the Region 7-A finals. All Lincoln County fans are needed to help the Red Devils Friday night!